London writer Mike Whyte lists his favorites from 2017.
Not just a return to form, but another career high.
Fever Ray: “Plunge”
An album that I loved when I heard it, and I haven’t got bored of it yet. Strong material.
Brought sunshine into my life at the start of the year – still a contender now when we’re at the end.
Gary Numan: “Savage (Song from a Broken World)”
A good album from a great electronic pioneer.
One of my favourites of the year, and definitely one that has grown and grown on me over the months – a winner.
St Vincent: “Masseduction”
Amazingly talented artist with one of the finest albums produced this year. If you’ve not heard it, you need to.
Stormzy: “Gang Signs and Prayer”
I saw him at Sonar and thought he was a little bit special, turns out most people agreed with me.
Goldfrapp: “Silver Eye”
Doing what they do best, dazzling electronic pop.
Probably my favourite Björk track in a long time – and one that only she could make.
Carbon Based Lifeforms: “Dodecahedron”
A great track from two of the nicest guys in ambient music.
Fever Ray: “Plunge”
The title track took it from an album of intense surprise – great stuff.
LCD Soundsystem: “Tonite”
LCD are having a party Tonite – and I want to be invited every time this song is played!
This year Gorillaz returned with apocalyptic beats aplenty, and none more potent than on this track.
Tyler, The Creator: “I Ain’t Got Time”
Tyler is a genius, and creates truly memorable tunes – none more so than on this three and a half minutes of craziness.
First I saw her at a small industrial venue in deepest East London. By the summer I saw her on the Sonar Village stage – a real talent.
The Japanese House
Haunting electronica from Amber Bain – worth checking.
Blew away the Sonar stage this year, then went on to pretty much dominate the UK charts afterwards.
To see DJ Shadow live is to see a master at work – imagine Leonardo Da Vinci had turntable skills…
De La Soul
Honestly – seeing them live took me back to my childhood, made me dig out my old vinyl, and try remembering the words to all their tracks. They were that good.
A woman who has hit her stride once more, and had a whole day of Sonar dedicated to her – operating in a field of 1.
For the most meteoric rise I’ve seen from an artist in 12 calendar months ever.