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Helena Deland – Lean On You

At the risk of sounding extremely biased, which, as a blog, I definitely am: if we're being honest, the 9 songs that make up the four collective volumes of Helena Deland's From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied”, while not technically intended to exist as a cohesive full-length album, is easily one of the best records of the year...

COPILOT

video premiere: Tōth – Copilot

We're honored to debut the achingly beautiful new song and video from Brooklyn songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alex Toth, aka Tōth...

MEN I TRUST SEVEN

Men I Trust – Seven

Men I Trust is back to ease us into the hazy shade of fall with some glowing end-of-summer nostalgia -- courtesy of Emma's soothing dulcet voice, another understated but irresistibly groovy bassline, and that shredding guitar solo -- on their lovely and timeless new Laurel Canyon-meets-Montreal smooth jam "Seven"...

ANEMONE DAFFODILS

Anemone – Daffodils

After winning our hearts forever with their irresistible debut EP and a handful of unforgettable live performances earlier this year at SXSW, Montreal's Anemone return with a soaring new single. The group's dreamily sweeping psych-pop billows skyward like a wave of sunshine on their empowering anthem "Daffodils"; listen + check out the beautiful cover art that the band shot during a recent stop in White Sands, New Mexico, below:

MUNYA

MUNYA – Hotel Delmano

Saguenay, Quebec's Josianne Boivin, aka MUNYA, follows up her absolutely perfect North Hatley mini-EP with another, perhaps even more enchanting 3-song EP, coming very soon on Luminelle Recordings...

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As the internet's collective attention span continues to dwindle away and the clickbait economy slowly ruins everything good, we made a conscious effort this year to spend more time listening to fewer things. Discovering new favorites will always remain a priority around here, but it felt good to devote more quality time to absorbing ambitious, flawed, elaborately nuanced and layered masterpieces like Dust, Quazarz, Party, and The OOZ. And the more immediate records that we fell in love with at first listen -- TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate, the super charismatic Carti mixtape, and Kelly Lee Owens’ enveloping debut full-length, to name a few -- felt more like all-time favorites with each spin. While anyone in our top 5 could have staked a legit Album of the Year claim depending on the day, we had to put the two EPs that announced the arrival of dance music's brightest new star in their rightful spot at the top of our list. Here are our favorite records of 2017:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

Helena Deland – Lean On You

HELENA DELAND

At the risk of sounding extremely biased, which, as a blog, I definitely am: if we're being honest, the 9 songs that make up the four collective volumes of Helena Deland's From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied”, while not technically intended to exist as a cohesive full-length album, is easily one of the best records of the year...

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Anemone – “Daffodils” video

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Montreal's Chloé Soldevila and her band Anemone share the gauzy, dreamlike video for their new single "Daffodils", shot by Chloé and the group in White Sands, NM, before they got kicked out of the park for ripping so hard. Watch below, and catch Anemone live in Paris at Pitchfork Avant-Garde with Helena Deland, Kelsey Lu, Buzzy Lee, JPEGMAFIA, Let's Eat Grandma + more.

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Morabeza Tobacco – Defenders of the Glam

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Stockholm duo Gustav + Vanilla aka Morabeza Tobacco follow up their instant chillwave classic "TTYL" with another hazy lo-fi jam, out today on Luminelle / Naiv Recordings. "Defenders of the Glam" starts off in full early-Ariel-Pink-homage mode, before becoming a duet on that soaring earworm of a chorus -- We could be happy and we could be fine, been waiting forever for you to come by -- and lifting off into a warped, glowingly romantic '80s disco-glam glitterbomb...

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Das Body – Know My Name

photo: Lykke Hagen
photo: Lykke Hagen

Oslo's Ellie Linden continues her ascension to future popstar status with the third stellar single from her group Das Body's debut EP -- the first song we ever heard from the group, and the one that had us instantly hooked -- coming later this month on Luminelle...

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FADE – Changing

photo: katie maycroft
photo: katie maycroft

Multi-talented Grand Rapids artist Marley Ferguson -- aka FADE -- follows up her vibrant and empowering debut single "Fall in Love" with another beautiful track from her forthcoming debut EP. The slow-burning torch song "Changing" is perhaps the dreamiest track on the record, with FADE extolling the virtues of sticking around and staying the course, as the song elegantly and hypnotically sways and glides into an early Beach House vibe over the last minute and a half or so...

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