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Vic Galloway's Best Albums of 2017

The album is dead, right? No, not right… Certainly not in my opinion anyway. I still reckon the album is the perfect showcase for an artist’s work, and loads of great ones have been released in 2017. So I’m delving in here with a full festive fifty across eclectic genres – indie, rock, hip-hop, electronica, synth-pop, acoustic, experimental and so on. You’ll know a few of them, but some might be completely new to you. Investigate at your leisure whether on vinyl, CD, cassette, download or streaming…

Albums of the year:


1. Oh Sees – Orc (Castle Face)


Then in alphabetical order:


2. All We Are – Sunny Hills (Domino)
3. Annie Booth – An Unforgiving Light (Scottish Fiction/Last Night From Glasgow)
4. Babe – Kiss & Tell (Kartel)
5. BDY PRTS – Fly Invisible Hero (Aggrocat)
6. Catholic Action – In Memory of… (Modern Sky)
7. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (Because)
8. Coldcut X On-U-Sound – Outside the Echo Chamber (Ahead of Our Time)
9. Dutch Uncles – Big Balloon (Memphis Industries)
10. Eugene Twist – The Stuntman (Self-Released)
11. Fat Goth – Enorme! (Hefty Dafty)
12. Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life (Golden Teacher) /
13. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai (Merge)
14. James Holden & the Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits (Border Community) http://www.jamesholden.org/
15. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology (Fire)
16. JD McPherson – Undivided Heart & Soul (New West)
17. Kobi Oyamne – Gold (Self-Released)
18. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (Columbia)
19. Low Chimes – Illumine (Bellow)
20. Meursault – I Will Kill Again (Song, By Toad)
21. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun (Rock Action)
22. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar)
23. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (1965)
24. Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns (Ignition)
25. Nick Hakim – Green Twins (ATO)
26. Out Lines – Conflats (Rock Action)
27. Pierre Kwenders – Makanda (at the end of Space, the beginning of Time) (Bonsound)
28. Quantic & Nidia Gongora – Curao (Tru Thoughts)
29. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (Matador)
30. R. Stevie Moore & Jason Faulkner – Make It Be (Bar None)
31. Sacred Paws – Strike a Match (Rock Action)
32. Pronto Mama – Any Joy (Electric Honey)
33. She Devils - She Devils (Secretly Canadian)
34. Siobhan Wilson – There are no Saints (Song, By Toad)
35. Sir Was – Digging a Tunnel (City Slang)
36. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas (Rough Trade)
37. Snapped Ankles – Come Play The Trees (Leaf)
38. Songhoy Blues – Resistance (Transgressive)
39. Spinning Coin – Permo (Domino)
40. Teme Tan – Teme Tan (PIAS)
41. The Little Kicks – Shake off your troubles (Loosen Up)
42. The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics (Transgressive)
43. The Strange Blue Dreams – Self Titled (Holy Smokes)
44. Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder)
45. Ty Segall – Ty Segall (Drag City)
46. Vukovi – Vukovi (Lab Recordings)
47. Wand – Plum (Drag City)
48. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth (Mexican Summer)
49. WHITE - One Night Stand Forever (Gentlemen Recordings)
50. Yorkston Thorne Khan – Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars (Domino)


Eventually whittled down from nearer 100 titles, it was tough making the final call. Obviously music isn’t a competition, and these are just some of my favourites. I’m sure you have your own list. Anyway, I hope it gives you some inspiration…

Track of the Year:

Low Chimes – Sleepwalking https://soundcloud.com/lowchimes/sleepwalking-1


Compilation album:

Bonnie Tropical 2 (Paradise Palms) https://paradisepalmsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bonnie-tropical-2


LIVE Act of the Year:

Avalanche Party

Merry Christmas, Happy Hogmanay – Have an ace 2018 y’all!


Cheeers,


Vic xxx