The Best Albums of 2017




30. Joakim – Samurai (electronic, experimental) (Tigersushi/Because Music)

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29. Elbow – Little Fictions (alternative, rock) [listen on YouTube]

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28. Deerhoof – Mountain Moves (alternative, rock)

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27. Jazz Band Młynarski/Masecki – Noc W Wielkim Miescie (jazz)

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26. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon? (alternative) [listen on YouTube]

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25. Floating Action – Is It Exquisite? (indie, folk)

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24. Slum Sociable – Slum Sociable (electronic, pop)

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[listen to selected tracks from the album on YT]


23. Yumi Zouma – What’s The Story? Morning Glory (indie, pop, covers)  Yumi-Zouma-Whats-The-Story-Morning-Glory-Cover-1487008652

[listen to “Don’t Look Back In Anger” & “Champagne Supernova]


22. The Cyclist – Sapa Inca Delirium (electronic, deep house)

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21. Scott Gilmore – Subtle Vertigo (electronic, instrumental)

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20. Zimpel/Ziolek – Zimple/Ziolek (folk, electronic, experimental)

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19. Four Tet – New Energy (electronica)

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18. Mount Kimbie – Love That Survives (electronic, experimental)

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[listen to selected tracks from the album on YouTube]


17. Björk – Utopia (electronic, pop, experimental)

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[listen to the album on YouTube]


16. Bibio – Phantom Brickworks (electronic, ambient)

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[listen to the title track on YouTube]


15. Klyne – Klyne (electronic, alternative, pop)

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14. Cancer – Totem (alternative, indie)

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13. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (indie, soul)

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12. Ryan Adams – Prisoner B-Sides (alternative, rock) [listen on YouTube]

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11. Flo Morrisey & Mathew E White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man (indie, pop, covers)

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10. Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors (experimental, pop, indie) [listen on YouTube]

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9. Sampha – Process (r’n’b, experimental) [listen on YouTube]

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8. Or Edry – Kidod (indie, pop)

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7. Arca – Arca (experimental, electronic) (XL Recordings)

[listen on YouTube]

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6. Demen – Nektyr (ambient, pop)

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5. Jakuzi – Fantezi Müzik (indie, dance, pop)

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4. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Know (indie, pop)

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3. LCD SoundSystem – American Dream (dance, indie)

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2. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (alternative rock)

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1. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex (alternative rock)

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Honorable mentions:

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory (experimental, jazz)

Austra – Future Politics

Ásgeir – Afterglow

El Pan Blanco – Droga (Burger Records)

Gabriel Garzon Montano – Jardin

Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

Sevdaliza – Ison

James Vincent McMarrow – True Care

Bicep – Bicep (electronic, dance)

Blue Hawaii – Tenderness

Deerhoof – Mountain That Moves

Yellow Alex – House Of Discipline

Seven Davis Jr – LFTOS

Nixes – Nixes

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rust

Liam Gallagher – As You Were

 

 

 

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The Best EP’s of 2017


 

The first instalment of NoSA’s annual end-of-the-year review. The best EP’s, mini albums and singles of 2017.

30. Baltra – Rendezvous


29. Bernice – Puff (alternative, electronic, pop)


28. ANOHNI – Paradise (electronic, pop, queer)

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27. Suumoo – Wojna (alternative)


26. Maii & Zeid – Ehdefni (arabic, indie, pop) [listen on Soundcloud]

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25. Ross From Friends – You’ll Understand (lo-fi, deep house)


24. Benoit Pioulard – Slow Spark , Slow Spoke (drone, ambient)


23. Seb Wildwood – The One With Emoticon (deep house)


22. Farah – The Only Ones (electronic, indie, pop)

 [Listen on Soundcloud]

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21. Jimi Tenor & Freestyle Man – Sleepover EP (nujazz)

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20. Cairobi – Inside Your World (indie)


19. Seramic – I Got You EP (disco, funk)


18. Buddy – Oceans & Montana (electronic, hip-hop)


17. Tennis – We Can Die Happy (indie, pop)


16. Jamie Lidell – Extended Beginnings (alternative, r’n’b) [listen on Soundcloud]

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15. Olivier St Louis – Ever Since The Fall (soul)

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14. Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar (experimental, electronic, oriental)


13. Gavin Turek – Good Look For You (soul, r’n’b)


12. Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading (pop, indie, electronic)

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[listen on Soundcloud]


11. Boy Harsher – Westerners (dance, electro)


10. Fit of Body – Healthcare (deep house)

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9. David Bowie – No Plan (alternative, rock)


8. The Atomic Band – Plays The Music of William Onyeabor


7. Love Deluxe – Silk Mirage (electronic, deep house)


6. Cut Worms – Alien Sunset (indie, folk)

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5. Yaeji – EP 2 (electronic, deep house)

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4. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference (jazz)

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[Preview on Soundcloud]


3. CCFX – CCFX EP (alternative, guitar, grunge)

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2. The Blaze – Territory

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[Listen on Spotify]


1. Yaeji – Yaeji (Godmode)

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Arrivals: Ben Khan – 1000


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Ben Khan, London’s produ-singer-writer, one of the most promising new talents to emerge in 2014. His addictive debut EP,1992, scored number 2 on NoSnobsAllowed Best EP’s of 2014 list and Youth, one of its tracks, landed at 26th position in NSA’s Top Tracks of 2014.

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Khan emerged from a circle of artists, hailing mostly from UK, who are making their own bass based future version of r’n’b. You don’t have to be a genius to spot some serious borrowings from Jai Paul’s scant output in Khan’s material. With Paul’s bone crushing beats and smeared and rough guitar riffs all over1992 the comparisons were unavoidable. But Ben Kan put his own twist on the genre with a serious injection of soul, thanks to his sensual voice and the vague melodies he writes so well.

Being less of an enigma than Jai Paul, Khan is not staying in hiding this year. He is gearing up for the release of his second EP, entitled1000. Perhaps to shake off any comparisons even further, or more likely out of pure need for artistic evolution, the title track sees Khan bringing some new elements into play. The groovy drum machine beat à la Arthur Russell injects the song with refreshing giddiness and joy. Needless to say,1000 is one of the hottest tracks at the moment and Ben Khan an artist we all should keep an eye out in the future. 

And check out Khan’s previous stuff while you’re at it:

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