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, AlvvaysKevin 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.

Deafen County