2017, what a concept. Remember in 2016 when the biggest issue was that all our favorite people were dying? Good times...Now my father's a feminist, the president is a child, and apparently whipping your dick out at work is a thing. It was NOT a good year for straight white males. Our time is up, fellas. We had a good run, though. What was that, 200,000 years in charge? Oh well, you can take it from here, ladies.
(How many people just got offended by that? At least 300. Who am I kidding, there's like 4 people reading this.)
Anyways, this year's list has a new high of 86 songs on it. What does that mean? Could it be that I'm listening to more music than ever before? Well, to be honest, I don't know. But my desire to search for all things non club/DJ related is at an all time high. So should I retire from DJing? Do DJs retire or do we just slowly slip into irrelevance? If so, I've been cruising into obscurity for the last 15 years (tiny violin plays). Captain fucking comedown over here. Let's not talk about DJing, it's so boring. Let's talk about this list! 
This year we have a potpourri of sounds. A ton of emo rap, as I like to call it, along with the usual shoegaze, indie, experimental napcore, chillout and other weirdo bits. Not everything is obscure and cutting edge (I'm getting old and my edges are more smooth and round these days). All in all, I would say it was a stellar year for music. I hope you find something new, undiscovered (same as new) and emotionally soothing. So with all that, I present to you my top songs of 2017. Merry days.  
 

86. young thug - tomorrow til infinity 

 

85. nav feat metro boomin - perfect timing

 

84. ryuichi sakamoto - m4 - darkroom

 

83. ross from friends - boatman

 

82. kelly lee owens - 8

 

81. locust toybox - you’ll never look

 

80. umfang - weight

 

 

79. shinichi atobe - regret 

 

78. foreign fields - i - dark version

 

77. carla dal forno - clusters 

 

76. oneohtrix point never - the acid hits

 

75. barry lynn - rv tauri 

 

74. playboi carti - magnolia 

 

73. galaxian - forget about it

 

72. radiohead - i promise

 

71. abra - sick girl

 

70. tee grizzly - from the d to the a (feat. lil yachty)

 

69. vermont - dschuna

 

68. dungen - peri banu vid sjön (prince thomas version)

 

67. carla dal forno - we shouldn’t have to wait

 

 

66. sega bodega feat shygirl - requiem 

 

65. future - solo

 

64. neil young - hitchhiker 

 

63. Bjørn torske & prince thomas - kappe tre

 

62. max richter - wadjda's journey

 

61. kevin morby - dry your eyes

 

60. king krule - czech one

 

59. grouper - headache

 

58. sufjan stevens - mystery of love

 

57. actress - runner 

 

56. nathan fake - degreelessness

 

55. mount kimbie - delta

 

54. clark - peak magnetic 

 

53. biosphere - black mesa

 

52. patricia - the words are just sounds

 

51. bing & ruth - as much as possible 

 

50. drake - do not disturb

 

49. four tet - daughter

 

48. forest swords - war it

 

47. gucci mane - helpless

 

46. kendrick lamar - feel.

 

45. biosphere - just one kiss

 

44. kodak black - up in here

 

43. abra - bounty 

 

42. eod - evenhark

 

41. king krule - dum surfer

 

40. future - mask off

 

39. Lanark Artefax - Touch Absence

 

38. mount kimbie - blue train lines (feat. king krule)

 

37. do make say think - bound 

 

36. patricia - upper peninsula feat terekke

 

35. equiknoxx - sent for ducklings, got ducks

 

34. lil uzi vert - xo tour llif3

 

33. microlith - backwards

 

32. yves tumor - love is the law

 

31. arca - castration 

 

30. lcd soundsystem - oh baby

 

29. floating points - lucerne valley

 

 

28. future - hallucinating 

 

27. john maus - over phantom 

 

26. locust toybox - unborn

 

25. frank ocean - chanel

 

24. daphni - vikram  

 

23. john beltran - moth

 

22. hector plimmer - bossa b  

 

21. ryuichi sakamoto - solari 

 

20. kendrick lamar - lust.

 

19. vince staples - alyssa interlude

 

18. ariel pink - another weekend 

 

17. nathan fake - degreelessness - huerco s. backyard interpretation 

 

16. foreign fields - when you wake up - dark version

 

15. drake - blem

 

14. f ingers - all rolled up 

 

13. burnt friedman & mohammad reza mortazavi - yek 132-11

 

12. lil uzi vert - sauce it up

 

11. bjork - the gate 

 

 

10. sky h1 - huit 

As I sit here at 4:39am in Brooklyn, ripe with jet lag, I struggle to find the words to describe this song. I haven't had any coffee, so the creative witty part of my brain is not open for business yet. If you're new to my lists, let me fill you in right away...this is not Pitchfork or RA and my writing skills amount to a few quips here and there that may or may not even describe the song I'm talking about. Case in point.

So I love PAN and I love ambient music. They put out a compilation full of this stuff. This was my favorite song on said compilation.          How am I not writing for the New York Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. bing & ruth - starwood choker

One of the most cringe worthy things in this god forsaken world is when someone tries to describe what flavors they taste when drinking wine. "I'm getting hints of juniper berries and 70% cacao." Go fuck yourself, I'm getting hints of red wine. Having said that, I'm getting hints of Lubomyr Melnyk on this song and I love it. 

Side note: I was showing my friend this list, asking her how many of the artist she knew and she goes "Oh Bing & Ruth! Everyone knows them. Cute couple from Nashville. They're on RVNG Intl.." 

Yeah, not quite. It's one guy from Brooklyn. But she got the label right.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. jonwayne - afraid of us

Funny Story: When I was 3 years old my brother had his first birthday. We had a big party at the house, all the family and friends were there showering him with gifts and attention. This confused me and made me extremely jealous. For three years I was the one who got all the gifts and attention but now I had competition and I was not having it. So after the day had ended and we were all tucked into bed, I woke up in the middle of the night, went into his room with my Donald Duck scissors and started cutting his hair off. I was gonna show this punk who was in charge and teach him a lesson (apparently that he shouldn't have birthdays). Well, he woke up crying and my mom came running into the room and caught me red handed. She yelled at me and I pleaded my case, trying to explain how he got all the gifts and I was the one who got gifts in this household. I may have gotten a spanking (that's what you did in the 80's) and was sent back to my room. Fast forward a year later, my brother's birthday, guess who ALSO got gifts? That's right. Moral of the story: I'm a bitch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. eod - swurlk (snarlfingercroak mix)

I was on mushrooms driving through Joshua Tree with my friend Randall and this song came on and proceeded to blow our feeble little minds. I had heard it before, but not like this. As someone who has no idea about production or what machines are used for or do, I immediately started throwing out words like "analog!" "synths!" "modular(?)!". It was the mushrooms talking, I have no fucking clue what he used here but I do know this Scandinavian prince is insanely talented. Bless.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. nathan fake - hoursdaymonthsseasons - olga wojciechowska rework

This whole remix package was a stunning and surprising release. I don't know who Olga Wojciechowska is and I don't dare try to pronounce her name but I do know she makes beautiful music.

We had Nathan Fake play at Pacha Ibiza once for Guy Gerber's party and he promptly cleared the floor within minutes. It was actually impressive. The manager (who was a complete dick) was panicking, running around screaming "the VIP tables are leaving!" It was pure chaos and it was glorious. I felt bad for Nathan but I told him afterwards that he should take it as a compliment. No one wants to be put in that position and it does suck but he understood and took it well. We tried something different and it didn't work. That's life.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - The Olsen Twins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. metro boomin - 6 love 

There was this FADER interview with Metro Boomin last year and it had this 20 second clip of him in the studio working on some beats. What proceeded to come out of the speakers in that 20 seconds gave me goosebumps and a sense of immediate frustration as I knew I had very little chance of ever hearing the finished version. But like any obsessed music lover, I searched and searched, checking other youtube interviews, reading the comments, listening to awful soundcloud clips, hunting this coveted beat like Donald Trump Jr. big-game hunting an elephant...hmm, bad analogy....like Kevin Spacey preying on young men...nope...like Harvey Weinstein, nevermind...

All tasteless comparisons aside, I found the track. It's not released. It may have even "come out" last year. I don't care, I found it this year. It's my list and I can bend the rules to my liking. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. frank ocean - provider 

I saw someone refer to Frank Ocean fans as "frankbois" (instead of fuckbois). I'm still not 100% sure I know what a fuckboi is but I'm certain I am a "frankboi". Take that for what it's worth. Another year, another high entry for Frank Ocean. Word on the strasse is that he's got a new album ready to drop and I for one can't wait. 

This song was funny though cus he mentions Aphex Twin in the lyrics and the dance music world and it's journalists collectively climaxed like 15x when they heard it. I think there was even a headline that read "Frank Ocean mentions Aphex Twin in new song!" STOP THE FUCKING PRESSES you nerds. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. future & young thug - patek water 

"OUTRAGE! How can he put a (t)rap song in the top 3?!" screamed nobody in the music industry cus who the fuck is reading this list, really.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. grizzly bear - three rings 

It's been around 15 years (not quite) since the last Grizzly Bear album so when they dropped this as the first single I was ecstatic. This could easily be #1 and I'm still not sure why it's not. I think I may have just overplayed it. I hate when that happens. But it's worthy of the #1 spot. I'm gonna have co-winners this year, fuck it. I just decided this...so this is now #1. Congrats GB! I was chatting with Ed on Instagram DM for a bit cus his stories are a riot and his friend Aunt Freckle is a fucking star, so I needed to voice my approval and support. Well he wrote back and we discussed a few things, none of which are any of your business and .......This story is going nowhere, it's just a chance for me to tell you I was chatting with the lead singer. Pathetic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

also 1. john maus - bombs away 

My dear friend Camille Blake will have you believe that she was playing me John Maus for years and I wrote it off saying it sounded like "haunted house music". Well first off all, that is totally something I would say. Second, we lived together and it was always coming from her room so I couldn't necessarily hear it that clearly. Regardless, I love making excuses and I love John Maus and his haunted house.....get it...house like the music...haunted house. Yo that's actually amazing, I just created a sub genre. The coffee is finally working and the wit department is open! Ok settle the fuck down, you loser...it wasn't that good.

You know what is good? This song! AYYYOOO!

Wow, awful. This coffee is too strong I'm actually tweeking a bit and feel a bit sketch. I'm definitely gonna come back to this in a few hours and be like "dude what were you writing, erase that shit now, you are embarrassing." But for now it stays. This is the number 1* song of 2017. And the title is fitting cus of politics and stuff. Ok, eject dude, go lay down. 

 

 

 

 

 

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