Over the next 4 days I’ll be publishing my top 10 lists for 2017.
December is the favourite time of the year to make lists, and I’m no different.
So let’s get straight into it while tucking into a mince pie.
Ah, music. I bloody love music, but this year has been an odd one. I think I excelled myself with random weird shit this year, the album title of my favourite probably sums it up!
- Hannah Peel – Mary Casio Journey to Cassiopia
Mary Casio is an alter ego to Hannah Peel, despite releasing the album under her own name. Alter egos are nothing new to me, with me enjoying a deep range of music the dance music artists I followed closely in the late 90s and early 00s would have numerous alter egos in order to pump out numerous releases in close succession without flooding the market with their own name. This synth based experimental piece was simply mind blowing, and also opened the door to me to Hannah’s other work, where every release has seen her pretty much re-invent herself. Incredible musician.
- Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
Sleaford Mods returned with a brillian post Brexit topical album delivered in typical Manc style. Give the B.H.S track a listen above and you’ll get the jist, even more so if you followed the BHS pensions scandle with the video based on a boat! 😉 Genius.
- Forest Swords – Compassion
The second studio album from Forest Swords was released to critical acclaim. This electronic almost wordless soundtrack is the kind of thing you expect to hear as the backdrop to some arsty performance at the Barbican. I recommend listening in the dark, with some good quality headphones over your head, close your eyes and let the hairs stand on the back of your neck and just let your mind create the picture that Forest Swords created the soundtrack for.
- Kelly Lee Owens- Kelly Lee Owens
It’s pretty much impossible to find a fault with this dazzling debut album, other than it’s perhaps a bit too ‘warpaint’ but if you like Warpaint, and let’s be honest, you’d be a fool not too, then there’s everything to like here to fill the gap while they are not around.
- The Fall – New Facts Emerge
Yes I still like some pounding guitars too. The 32nd, yes you read that right, THIRTY SECOND studio album from this Manchester based post punk band is another colourful addition and another post Brexit anarchic mood anthem album.
- Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
More post punk, this time from Detroit, which I’m more familair with for it’s deep and dark techno. Lots of emotion and an intense delivery of vocals and music that almost reminds me of those incredible Joy Division tracks from years ago that no one else has ever really been able to replicate, perhaps until now.
- Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
Isn’t it great when you discover a new artist, but then discover they aren’t actually that new, and theres a whole back catalogue of 5 other albums to indulge yourself with. Christmas came early, and may come again quickly for you if you decide to devote some time to Jane over the festive period.
- Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club
On first listen of this album, I hated it. I mean, really hated it. It was nothing like their previous efforts and it all just seemed wrong. I kept it on, in the car for several more journeys and before I knew it, seemed to know the words to every track and was simply loving it. This is a sure fire example of an album that grows on you after a few listens and in the end comes out as one of my favourites for 2017.
- .London Grammar – Truth is a beautiful thing
London Grammar finally returned this year with their second album. Much like Foster the people’s album above. London Grammar were not an act I particularly liked at first. Then after giving ‘If you wait’ a proper listen, it now probably ranks as one of my favourite albums of all time. So the follow up was highly anticipated by myself. The hype was extended after being able to get tickets to an intimate gig at Birmingham Town Hall before the album was released. This album is more of the same, beautiful vocals, beautiful music. One of the best groups to emerge this decade.
- Chase & Status – Tribe
Chase & Status returned to their best in 2017 delivering an album with enough beats and drops to get someone who was very critical of their previous album back on board, the collabration track with Slaves as seen above is a pure belter.