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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

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:

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announcing Luminelle Recordings

We are beyond excited to announce our new endeavor Luminelle Recordings, a record label formed in collaboration with Fat Possum/House Arrest...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2017

Before we even have time to second guess our albums of the year list, here are our favorite songs of 2017. While plenty of our old favorites are well repped -- including TOPS, Burial, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Sufjan, Laurel Halo, et al. -- it was an exceptionally great year for exciting new artists, with Men I Trust, Yaeji, Playboi Carti, Kelly Lee Owens, Aldous Harding, Bernache, and so many more dropping some of the most essential songs of the year. Hit play on that 5+ hour Spotify playlist, and follow along with the list below:

CHARLI XCX

listen to Charli XCX’s Pop 2 mixtape

Charli XCX's Number 1 Angel mixtape is one our favorite records of 2017, and this new one -- featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Caroline Polachek, MØ, and stellar production from A. G. Cook (Charli calls him "the hero of this mixtape") + SOPHIE -- might be even better. Listen to the whole thing below:

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LOMA – BLACK WILLOW

Loma is the new collaborative project from the incredible Dripping Springs, TX band Cross Record + Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, and today the group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single from their forthcoming album, with a powerful and haunting accompanying video from director Andrew McGlennon...

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MEN I TRUST – “I Hope to be around”

Montreal group Men I Trust's most recent single "Tailwhip" is a perfect song, a stylishly understated indie-dance-pop track with an irresistibly velvety groove, a magical, infectious melody, and poignant, casually profound lyrics that are impossible to shake ("this country dog won't die in the city")...

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS OF 2016

It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.

GORILLA VS. BEAR’s ALBUMS OF 2016

listen to Charli XCX’s Pop 2 mixtape

CHARLI XCX

Charli XCX's Number 1 Angel mixtape is one our favorite records of 2017, and this new one -- featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Caroline Polachek, MØ, and stellar production from A. G. Cook (Charli calls him "the hero of this mixtape") + SOPHIE -- might be even better. Listen to the whole thing below:

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stream CHROMATICS’ 18-song deluxe Cherry LP

As the world waits with bated breath for Dear Tommy, the prolific Italians Do It Better continues to quietly share a wealth of amazing new and/or rare material in 2017. The label just dropped a sprawling new deluxe version of CHROMATICS' 2016 Cherry LP, featuring a handful of reworked tracks alongside the title track and previously released jams like "Hands in the Dark" + the group's dreamy "Ceremony" cover...

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premiere: watch Madeline Kenney’s dreamy self-directed skate vid for “Witching Hour”

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Oakland baker/neuroscientist/veritable badass Madeline Kenney shares her self-directed + self-edited new video for "Witching Hour", a highlight from her excellent Toro y Moi-produced record Night Night at the First Landing, out now on Company Records...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2017

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Before we even have time to second guess our albums of the year list, here are our favorite songs of 2017. While plenty of our old favorites are well repped -- including TOPS, Burial, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Sufjan, Laurel Halo, et al. -- it was an exceptionally great year for exciting new artists, with Men I Trust, Yaeji, Playboi Carti, Kelly Lee Owens, Aldous Harding, Bernache, and so many more dropping some of the most essential songs of the year. Hit play on that 5+ hour Spotify playlist, and follow along with the list below:

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announcing Luminelle Recordings

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We are beyond excited to announce our new endeavor Luminelle Recordings, a record label formed in collaboration with Fat Possum/House Arrest. We couldn't be any more psyched about our first signing, the amazing Helena Deland, a special Montreal artist you will be hearing a lot from / falling in love with in 2018...

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