As we close out 2017 and start getting hyped on 2018, we wanted to look back and celebrate some of the amazing albums released this year by our 2017 roster and the love they got in the press.
The www.albumoftheyear.org website correlates all the best of lists from over a hundred lists to include; The 405, The A.V. Club, AllMusic, American Songwriter, Associated Press, Bandcamp Daily, BBC News, BBC Radio 6 Music, Billboard, BrooklynVegan, Clash, Consequence of Sound, Cosmopolitan, Crack Magazine, Dazed, Drowned in Sound, Dummy, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Guardian, Highsnobiety, Hypebeast. The Independent, KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Loud and Quiet, Louder Than War, Mixmag, MOJO, The New York Times, The New Yorker, NME, Noisey, NPR Music, The Observer, Paste, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Pretty Much Amazing, Q Magazine, The Quietus, Resident Advisor, Rolling Stone, The Skinny, Slate, SPIN, Stereogum, The Sunday Times, Time, Tiny Mix Tapes, Uncut and The Wire.
Aldous Harding's 'Party' was the album of the year with Rough Trade Shops and the NZ Herald, also hitting the top ten in Gorilla vs. Bear, MOJO and NPR Music.
Jane Weaver's Modern 'Kosmology' was album of the year at the iconic Norman Records in Leeds and was #5 in MOJO, #8 on Drowned in Sound, #11 in The Guardian, #16 in Uncut, #18 on The Quietus and #22 in Q Magazine.
Julie Byrne's 'Not Even Happiness' was album of the year at our very good buddies Resident Music in Brighton, a very high accolade indeed. Elsewhere she was #9 in SPIN, #14 in Uncut and numerous top fifty placings in MOJO, Stereogum, Paste, Gorilla vs. Bear, BrooklynVegan, Pitchfork, Clash, The Guardian and The Line of Best Fit.
Blanck Mass' 'World Eater' LP was #3 at Bleep who simply do not get things wrong. #6 in Loud and Quiet, and top fifty spots in Mixmag, The Skinny, Uncut and a huge #6 in Pitchfork's experimental chart.
Nadia Reid's 'Preservation' was #2 album of the year in MOJO and hit the #4 in Rolling Stone. Very strong blog support too with God Is In The TV, BrooklynVegan and Noisey all placing her high.
Girl Ray's debut 'Earl Grey' did really well with top fifty placings for Q Magazine (#16), Rolling Stone (also #16), The Guardian and Drowned in Sound.
Who will we be talking about this time next year?