Here we are at the tail end of 2017, and from a musical standpoint, it’ll be a shame to see it go. We’ve seen some class albums from the likes of J Hus, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Kelela, King Krule, Four Tet and a returning LCD Soundsystem, crossover dance hits aplenty and no shortage of unforgettable live shows, so you can forgive us a moment’s indulgence in nostalgia before we shake ourselves off and see what 2018’s got to offer. For those wanting to join us in a misty-eyed look back at the last twelve months, here’s a playlist compiled by some of our writers and staff, alongside our 2017 top picks.
Kevin Lawson - Marketing
Lorde – Green Light
From an artist whose debut album spawned a hundred copycat acts, it’s perhaps ironic that "Green Light" from Lorde’s 2017 album Melodrama, feels like a sequel. While no one could deny that the cathartic choruses of this defiant breakup banger are enough to make you dance like no-one is watching, the debt it owes to Robyn’s modern-classic "Dancing On My Own" is there for all to hear.
Andrew Kemp - Marketing
Dreamcast - Liquid Deep
The musical embodiment of chill, this soulful stroll through Thundercat-esque bass, pottering rhythms and velvet vocals sounds like it was made decades ago and yesterday all at once. A joy to melt into each and every time.
Nicole Raymond - Freelance writer
Jordan Rakei - Eye to Eye
I cried when I first heard it, its haunting vocals and melodies take you on an unknown journey every time you listen to it.
Jonathan Coll - Freelance writer
Skee Mask - Routine
An incredible track to mark ten years of Illan Tape Music every bit as intriguing as the producer himself. It's bass heavy yet beautiful, impeccably produced while not losing any of its raw raving euphoria.
Liam Hudson - Customer Enquiries
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Indie-folk provocateur Father John Misty uses his lyrical sarcasm that shines light on the world we have become adjust to, spinning the view of our actions on its head. "Pure Comedy" will make you look at the world from a different angle to one where you see yourself standing in the middle of the road with the headlights coming straight at you.
Jack Harrop - Freelance writer
Justin Cudmore - Duck Hunt
More attention has been paid to admittedly brilliant track "Forget It" from the Bunker New York release, but for me my favourite track of his in 2017 has to go to the searing acid belter "Duck Hunt". It's less nuanced than “Forget It”, but just as, if not more entertaining.
Lorna Gray - Marketing
Loyle Carner – Ain't Nothing Changed
Releasing his debut album this year and having it nominated for a Mercury Music Prize means that Loyle Carner can happily leave 2017 with a successful smile on his face. 'Ain't Nothing Changed' combines jazz elements with his sample use of Piero Umiliani's 'Ricordandoti' alongside his unique take on UK hip hop with honest lyrics delivered in a smooth tone.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Whitton and Lorde
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