RFB albums of the year

11 Dec 2017

We've selected our favourite records of 2017, have a listen...

It's that time of year again where seemingly everyone, everywhere is publishing a top ten albums of the year list so we thought we'd join in the fun and share our favourite albums and tracks of the year as well as the classic record we've listened too most in the last 12 months. 

Scroll down to the bottom for a playlist of our selections. 

Toby L

In no particular order, 10 stone-cold bangers...

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Kendrick Lamar - Damn
Idles - Brutalism
Thundercat - Drunk
Gorillaz - Humanz
Beck - Colors
Bjork - Utopia
Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno - Finding Shore
King Krule - The Ooz

And 10 honourable, if nepotistic, Transgressive mentions:

SOPHIE - Ponyboy
Blaenavon - That's Your Lot
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Songhoy Blues - Resistance
The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics
Johnny Flynn - Sillion
Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man
Benny Mails - Aware, The Mixtape
Hippo Campus - landmark
Peter Silberman - Impermanence

Dan Monsell

IN NO ORDER AS THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ONE BEST ALBUM

KEVIN MORBY - CITY MUSIC
SHEER MAG - NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE
JLIN - BLACK ORAGAMI
FATHER JOHN MISTY - PURE COMEDY
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - AMERICAN DREAM
ARIEL PINK - DEDICATED TO BOBBY JAMIESON
CALL SUPER - ARPO
KENDIRCK LAMAR - DAMN
VISIBLE CLOAKS - REASSAMBLAGE
ALDOUS HARDING - PARTY

Honourable mentions: Julien Baker, Foutet, Alvvays, Waxahatchee, Priests, Vince Staples, Alice Coltrane, Julie Byrne, Johnny Jewel, Brockhampton, Thundercat, Charly Bliss...

Album most listened to this year that not out this year: WEEKENDS IN 2017 MOSTLY CONSISTED OF: ALL THE DYLAN, ALL THE PRINCE, ALL THE MITCHELL, ALL THE (NICK) DRAKE, ALL THE VELVETS, ALL THE COHEN & A TON OF JAZZ WITH THIS YEAR'S FOCUS ON COLTRANE, MINGUS, COLEMAN, GORDON, DAVIS & BAKER.

Tim Dellow

1. GAS - Narkopop
2. Leyland Kirby - We, so tired of all the darkness in our lives
3. Here Lies Man - Animal Noises
4. Idles - Brutalism
5. Damn - Kendrick Lamar
6. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
7. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
8. Perfume Genius - No Shape
9. Feist - Pleasure
10. Johnny Jewel - Windswept

Track - SOPHIE - It's Ok To Cry

LP I've hammered not from this year = Relaxin' With Miles Davis

Michael Woods

Uranium Club - All Them Naturals
Gas - Narkopop
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound
Cornelius - Mellow Waves
Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Grails - Chalice Hymnal
Kelly Lee Owens - S/T
Bing And Ruth - No home of the mind
Godspeed - Luciferian Towers

Track of the year: Cornelius - In A Dream

Pre 2017 album of the year: Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen

Mike Harounoff

1. Big Sean - I Decided
2. Idles - Brutalism
3. Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone
4. Sampha - Process
5. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
6. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
7. Wiki - No Mountains In Manhattan
8. Stormzy - Gang Signs and Prayer
9. Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life
10. BADBADNOTGOOD - Late Night Tales

Song: King Krule - Czech One

LP not from this year: The Roots - Illadelph Halflife

Luke Parry

Duds - Of a Nature or Degree
Idles - Bruatalism
Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band - Dreaming in the Non-Dream
Big Thief - Capacity
Flat Worms - Flat Worms
Kevin Morby - City Music
Ty Segall - Ty Segall
Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

Track of the year - Big Shaq - Man’s Not Hot

Album from pre-2017: Neil Young - Hitchhiker (Released 2017 but it’s technically 1973, so…)

Elliot Callard

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
2. Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon
3. Idles - Brutalism
4. SZA - CTRL
5. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
6. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
7. Blanck Mass - World Eater
8. Downtown Boys - Cost of Living
9. Margo Price - All American Made
10. Los Campesinos - Sick Scenes

Track: Nadine Shah - Yes Men

Pre-2017 album: Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim

Melanie Haywood

Lovely Creatures – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane – Alice Coltrane
Damage and Joy – The Jesus and Mary Chain
English Tapas – Sleaford Mods
Resistance - Songhoy Blues
Dark Days + Canapes – Ghostpoet
Dread Times – Dreadzone
Semper Femina – Laura Marling
Spirit – Depeche Mode
Little Barrie – Death Express

Rachel Hiley

GNOD - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Gnoomes - Tschak!
HARAM - When You Have Won, You Have Lost
Institute - Subordination
Lorde - Melodrama
Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man
Perc - Bitter Music
Pharmakon - Contact
Schwefelgelb - Dahinter Das Gesicht
William Basinski - A Shadow In Time

1 album not 2017 but discovered and loved in 2017: BAMBARA - Swarm

Track of 2017: Charli XCX - Boys

Steven Martin

Good Luck - Not Waving
Lucky Box - The Woolen Men
No Handshake Blues - Irma Vep
Form of Luxury - Drahla (EP)
Brutalism - IDLES
Come Play The Trees - Snapped Ankles
Look how fucking shit everything is now! - Sleep Terminal
Polygondwanaland - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Phases - Angel Olsen
Music For People In Trouble - Susanne Sundfør

Fave track of 2017 - Richard Dawson, Peasant
Album not from 2017 - David Bowie, PinUps

JJ 

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017 (in no particular order)

Chalice Hymnal by Grails

Dead Cross by Dead Cross

Turn Out The Lights by Julien Baker

Slowdive by Slowdive

Hot Thoughts by Spoon

A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie

Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The Deep Set by The Bats

Syncro by Makeup And Vanity Set

The Demonstration by Drab Majesty

TOP TRACK OF 2017

Oh Love by Lucy Mair

NON-2017 ALBUM MOST LISTENED TO

Hex by Bark Psychosis

Grace O'Byrne

Lankum - Beneath the Earth and Sky
Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
Kendrick Lamar - Damn
GNOD - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Part Chimp - IV
Circle - Terminal
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs  - Feed The Rats
Casual Nun - Psychometric Testing

Song: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Sweet Relief

LP not from this year:  All the songs on the soundtrack for Marvel's Luke Cage TV Series

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