Staff 2017 End Of Year Lists

We asked each member of the team here to reflect back on the year and give us some highlights.

Top 5 albums (no order) and a favourite gig each please. Honourable mentions were allowed for those who found this too difficult. 



·      Big Thief – Capacity (Saddle Creek)

·      Tim Darcy – Saturday Night (Jagjaguwar)

·      Protomartyr - Relatives In Decent (Domino)

·      Aldous Harding – Party (4AD)

·      Katie Von Schleicher - Shitty Hits (Full Time Hobby)

Honourable mentions: Baxter Dury ‘Prince of Tears’,  Downtown Boys ‘Cost of Living’, Jon McKiel ‘Memorial Ten Count’, Ulrika Spacek ‘Modern English Decoration’, 'Here Lies Man 'ST', Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever 'The French Press', H. Grimace 'Self Architect'

Gig of the year: Tall Juan @ The Lock Tavern



·      Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (Aftermath/Interscope/TDE)

·      Tzusing - 東方不敗 (L.I.E.S.)

·      The National - Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

·      The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)

·      Olafur Arnalds - Eulogy For Evolution (Erased Tapes)

Honourable mentions: Broken English Club ‘ The English Beach’, Wolf Alice ‘ Visions Of A life’, Lana Del Rey ‘Lust For Life’, Kelly Lee Owens ‘ST’

Gig of the year: Sigur Ros @ Hammersmith Apollo



·      Jade Bird – Something American (EP) (Glasssnote)

·      The National – Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

·      Feist – Pleasure (Polydor)

·      St Vincent – MASSEDUCATION (Lorna Vista/Concord)

·      Ryan Adams – Prisoner (PaxAmericana/Blue Note)

Gig of the year: Razorlight @ Kew Gardens



·      Chuck Johnson – Balsams (Vin Du Qualitite)

·      Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life (Loose Music)

·      Oliver Tank – OT (Oliver Tank)

·      Moses Sumney - Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar)

·      Sophia Kennedy - self-titled (Pampa Records)

Gig of the year: Bill Callahan - Hoxton Hall



·      Jay Z - 4.44 (Roc Nation)

·      Nines - One Foot Out (XL)

·      J Hus - Common Sense (Black Butter)

·      Sonder - Sonder (Sonder)

·      Wiley - Godfather (Wiley/CTA Records) 

Honourable mention: Chip - 'League Of My Own II'

 Gig of the year: Nao - Afropunk 



·      Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains (Matador)

·      The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)

·      Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life (Dirty Hit)

·      Everything Everything -  A Fever Dream (RCA)

·      A Blaze Of Feather – ST (Hell Up Records)

Honourable mentions: The National ‘Sleep Well Beast’, Nothing But Thieves ‘Broken Machine’, Slutface ‘Try Not To Freak Out’, Flyte ‘The Loved ones’

 Gig of the year: Foals - a la Citadel



·      Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

·      Sundara Karma - Youth is only ever fun in retrospect (Chess Club /RCA)

·      The War on Drugs - A deeper understanding (Atlantic)

·      Brockhampton - Saturation II (Question Everything, INC / Empire)

·      Big Thief - Capacity (Saddle Creek)

Gig of the year - Bon Iver at Primavera 


As you were.