PLAYLIST: The Best Albums Of 2017
Compiling the best albums of the year is always a tricky task. It's incredibly subjective and literally comes down to what album or artist had the biggest impact on you as an individual.
One of the highlights of our musical year was watching Arca's DJ Set at Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam, the energy and confidence present in that moment certainly influenced the way we digested the actual album. That, combined with a knowledge of the current turbulent state of Venezuela, there's a darkness so real it emanates through the music.
Whether it's a brilliant return to music like Slowdive made in 2017, or a newly found favourite in Atlanta's Omni. So much can influence an album - politics, location, mental state, relationships, labels, producers, timing. The list goes on.
With more opinions being given a platform to be heard in 2017, controversy is constant. Even though it sometimes feels like you're banging your head against a brick wall (eg. Trump), music is undoubtedly progressing to be a more inclusive world with less boundaries. Take Melbourne's RVG for example, who are sharing their music from a transgender point of view, with a stunning debut built on real talk and a desire for people to be a little bit kinder. Then there's Kelela who's not only a talented artist but an activist too, with her article in RA being one of the best things published in 2017. It's all about conversation and education.
Then there's the ever so trustworthy, reliable artists that you just keep coming back to, time and time again - Toro y Moi, Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Four Tet, Ariel Pink, Mount Kimbie, Bonobo, LCD. It was a good year.
Notable mention of the ever so talented local Australian artists who just keep on giving too - Methyl Ethel, Great Outdoors, Kllo, Crepes, Gold Class, Rolling Blackouts CF. And all of the rest, thank you kindly for your genius.
In no particular order, the 30 albums we listened to, and enjoyed, most in 2017:
Bonobo - Migration
Arca - Arca
Omni - Multi-task
Sandy (Alex G) - Rocket
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
Gold Class - Drum
Hundred Waters - Communicating
Methyl Ethel - Everything Is Forgotten
Four Tet - New Energy
Perfume Genius - No Shape
Dwig - What’s Paradise
Kllo - Backwater
Rolling Blackouts CF - The French Press
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Loyle Carner - Yesterday’s Gone
Kelela - Take Me Apart
Crepes - Channel Four
Marika Hackman - I’m Not Your Man
Kevin Morby - City Music
Slowdive - Slowdive
Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Bicep - Bicep
Forest Swords - Compassion
Great Outdoors - Fake News
Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent
Toro Y Moi - Boo Boo
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Benjamin Booker - Witness
RVG - A Quality Of Mercy
The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics
Dig in below and cheers to a wonderful year ahead in 2018.