Our penultimate look at our Records of the Year. This week, we count down from 20 to 11!
20: Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
One of the first records to have been reviewed on TMB42 is easily one of our favourites of the year. The experimental sounds on this record and the delivery of his vocals proves that Staples is definitely one of the best hip-hop artists around. Take a listen to Homage if you can, one of our favourite tracks of the year.
19: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
The record that many LCD fans thought wouldn’t be coming after their ‘break-up’ in 2011. But the band are back with a bang, with their punchy electro-punk hinged with their politically motivated and love-stricken lyrics on tracks like oh baby and tonite. Frontman James Murphy proves he’s one of the best in the business here.
18: St Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
One of the most versatile pop stars around, St Vincent’s MASSEDUCTION is a magical whirlwind of power and love. Whether it be the softly sounds on New York or the thumping electro-rock on Los Ageless, St Vincent’s ability to craft a great record from start to finish is godlike.
17: J HUS – Common Sense
The most surprising but underrated grime record of 2017, J HUS came out of nowhere to release debut track Did You See? which recently won a MOBO Award. A vast amount of great tracks especially the absolute tune that is Bouff Daddy. J HUS is one of the most promising talents in British music.
16: London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
The soothing sounds of London Grammar is what 2017 needed. Their beautifully created tracks are a credit to their artistry. The record is packed with some great tracks, like Oh Woman Oh Man and Non Believer. However the real winner is the opener Rooting For You, so sparse but hauntingly incredible.
15: IDLES – Brutalism
The best band I discovered this year. Hands down. Their take on the UK’s long list of issues like politics is so refreshing and eloquently-put. The track Mother is one of our favourites of the year, as is Well Done. A band to watch in the future, and for a debut, one of the best in years.
14: Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy
One of modern rap’s icons produced a great record this year. In places, a new found maturity in his music shown in See You Again, but also the more ‘classic’ Tyler is on display in tracks like the banger Who Dat Boy. Not to forget his ‘coming out’ track I Ain’t Got Time!. Tyler cemented his place as one of rap’s finest with this offering.
13: Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
On first listen, it felt like we were back in the 00s UK garage scene. An incredible debut from the most underrated man in U.K. Hip hop music. His slow, melancholy flow kicks in on tracks like Ain’t Nothing Changed and NO CD. The Isle of Arran is a great opener to what is a brilliant, flowing record.
12: Liam Gallagher – As You Were
Yes, he’s a knobhead. But Liam made a cracking record this year. Wall of Glass and Come Back To Me are both absolutely incredible tracks on their own, but I could say that about most of the tracks on this record. Paper Crown and For What It’s Worth are the highlights here on a great rock’n’roll record.
11: The XX – I See You
A slight change in musical direction for the South London trio sees a record inspired by Jamie XX’s UK house solo record. We have more complex instrumentals spearheaded by the groups iconic vocalsm on tracks like Say Something Loving and Dangerous. On Hold is their best track in years.
The Music Blog 42 Record of the Year
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