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:
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:
Here's our November 2017 monthly mix, featuring some of the best new tracks from the past month by Kelly Lee Owens, Yaeji, Pender Street Steppers, Men I Trust, Loma + more:
Listen to our September 2017 monthly mix, featuring some of the best new tracks from the past month by Burial, Blue Hawaii, Oneohtrix Point Never x Ishmael Butler, Sassy 009, Yumi Zouma + more:
Listen to our August 2017 monthly mix, featuring some of the best new tracks from the past month by Anna of the North, SLEEP ∞ OVER, Harlem, Yaeji, DJDS, John Maus, Kotomi + more:
We've hooked up again with the homies at RACQUET Magazine on a new mix to commemorate the release of their beautiful fourth issue for Summer 2017, and to pay tribute to the GOAT, Roger Federer. Featuring seasonally appropriate jams from Washed Out, Kaytranada, Dilla, Gerry Rafferty, the Strokes, Stereolab, Tennis (duh), and more...
Listen to our June 2017 monthly mix, featuring some of the best new tracks from the past month by Blue Hawaii, Kedr Livanskiy, Alvvays, Morly, Baltra, Jim-E Stack + more:
Presenting our second annual summer mixtape of modern yacht rock vibes: Like last year, we’re using the term "yacht rock" loosely here, to include myriad sounds inspired by smooth, sumptous soft rock grooves, while occasionally veering off into balearica, pillowy soft funk, sophistipop, cosmic disco novelties, psych-soul, and darker forms of hypnogogia. Listen/download + check the full tracklist below: