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:
The shapeshifting and ever-evolving Laurel Halo will officially release her brilliant and immersive new record Dust this Friday on Hyperdub, but you can spend the rest of the day listening to the record now below. The whole thing is a breezy, mesmerizingly weird and beautiful trip, but start with the infectiously playful summer jam "Moontalk", one of our favorite tracks of 2017:
Our friends at Boiler Room have upped both Toro y Moi's excellent 55-minute Boiler Room Los Angeles mix and Laurel Halo's recent 50-minute live set from Boiler Room London to their soundcloud page; listen to both below -- you can also watch their sets here and here -- and grab the LH set for free download:
Laurel Halo injects a warped frenetic groove into Lianne La Havas' charming and soulful single "Forget" on this spacey, bass-heavy techno remix. Download Laurel's rework, and check Lianne's original video, below. In other Laurel Halo news, she has a new release called Sunlight on The Faded -- comprised of all non-Quarantine tracks -- coming soon on Hyperdub, and her U.S. tour kicks off this Friday in Brooklyn. Check all the dates after the jump...
This summer's GvsB II was arguably the best thing this blog has ever been a part of here in our hometown of Dallas, and now we have an epic visual summary of the night, shot by our brilliant friends at Yours Truly, and made possible through our collaboration with the UGG Australia Creative Council...