EOY, MATTERS

ARBITER OF 2017

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and make a playlist once in a while, you could miss it.

Which is why, for over half a decade, I’ve been making these lists.

With hindsight, they began out of delusions of grandeur – that the list could somehow be definitive, that this blog could somehow propel me into the industry, that, in the vast dark galaxy of the internet, my musical opinion mattered.

Now, they take on a quieter purpose.

This list is a diary of sorts.

A rite of passage that reappraises the present and later provides a roadmap to the past.

Headphones on.

Mind open.

Arms wide.

And if you listen, I hope you find something you love.

Lorde // Supercut

Kendrick Lamar // DNA

Vincent // New York

Charli XCX // Boys

The National // I’ll Still Destroy You

Father John Misty // Pure Comedy

King Krule // Dum Surfer

Clipping. // The Deep

Perfume Genius // Slip Away

Stormzy // Big For Your Boots

LCD Soundsystem // How Do You Sleep?

Brand New // Same Logic / Teeth

Richard Dawson // Beggar

Sampha // (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Frank Ocean // Biking

Jay-Z // The Story Of OJ

Mount Eerie // Real Death

Arcade Fire // Everything Now

Jens Lekman // What’s That Perfume That You Wear?

Kelela // Frontline

SZA // Love Galore

Calvin Harris // Slide

Vince Staples // Big Fish

Fever Ray // To The Moon And Back

Fleet Foxes // Third of May / Ōdaigahara

E.R.D. // Don’t Don’t Do It!

Drake // Passionfruit

Everything Everything // Put Me Together

Brockhampton // Boogie

Ibeyi // Deathless

IDLES // Well Done

The War On Drugs // Holding On

Bleachers // Don’t Take The Money

Alt-J // 3WW

HAIM // Want You Back

Moses Sumney // Doomed

Slowdive // Sugar For The Pill

Mount Kimbie // Blue Train Lines

Julie Byrne // Sleepwalker

Mac DeMarco // My Old Man

Dua Lipa // New Rules

Jessie Ware // Midnight

Princess Nokia // Tomboy

Taylor Swift // Gorgeous

Jlin // Nyakinyua Rise

Algiers // The Underside of Power

Queens of the Stone Age // The Evil Has Landed

Nilüfer Yanya // Baby Luv

Private Agenda // Tender

Big Thief // Mythological Beauty

Aldous Harding // Imaging My Man

Julien Baker // Turn Out The Lights

Loyle Carner // Ain’t Nothing Changed

Paramore // Hard Times

Spoon // Hot Thoughts

Laura Marling // Nothing, Not Nearly

Kamasi Washington // Truth

Blanck Mass // Please

J HUS // Did You See

Dirty Projectors // Keep Your Name

Selena Gomez // Bad Liar

Swet Shop Boys // Need Moor

Feist // Century

Katy Perry // Swish Swish

Future Islands // North Star

Sløtface // Try

Tyler, The Creator // 911 / Mr. Lonely

Young Fathers // Only God Knows

Ibibio Sound Machine // Give Me A Reason

Hans Zimmer // Supermarine

Methyl Ethel // Ubu

Nelson Can // Break Down Your Walls

The Shins // Name For You

Cabbage // Uber Capitalist Death Trade

Kehlani // Undercover

Jorja Smith // On My Mind

Cardi B // Bodak Yellow

Jidenna // Bambi

Kirin J Callinan // Bravado

(Sandy) Alex G // Proud

Grizzly Bear // Mourning Sound

Hookworms // Negative Space

Sufjan Stevens // Tonya Harding (In Eb Major)

Joey Bada$$ // Devastated

Priests // Nothing Feels Natural

Japandroids // Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Alvvays // In Undertow

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die // Marine Tigers

Thundercat // Show You The Way

Khalid // Location

Syd // All About Me

Ariel Pink // Time To Live

James Holden // Spinning Dance

Lil Uzi Vert // XO TOUR Llif3

Gorillaz // Ascension

Songhoy Blues // Mali Nord

Formation // A Friend

HMLTD // Satan, Luella & I

Jay Som // The Bus Song

Sylvan Esso // Die Young

Thanks x

 

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