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Albums of the Year 2017

It’s that time again.

Top Albums Top Reissues Bestsellers Top Stiffers Near Misses

Bestseller of the Year 2017

>Radiohead - OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

Radiohead - OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

The annual Keeping Phil In (Vegan) Crisps Award goes for the second successive year to Radiohead.

I'm not sure any of us can be bothered discussing 'OK Computer' for the billionth time, so let's just say thanks to Thom for helping us to subsidise the hundreds of much more interesting, brand-new records that came out this year...that no-one bought.

Buy it now Or, maybe buy one of these these instead?
2.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers

Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to another world phase of political turmoil and humanitarian crisis, with a record of their usual oblique serenade. Following the format of the two records of their modern era, it features four songs in sum and continues to rebrand them as God's Pee ...view item »
3.

Goat
Fuzzed In Europe

Masked myth-makers Goat have pulled all of the psych rock fables, playing its light pop version as paying tribute to its noisy, distorted hellscape. Fuzzed In Europe is a collection of six tracks pulled from endless recordings of their continental tour, deciding upon the ones that sounded estranged f...view item »
4.

Hood
The Cycle of Days and Seasons

Hood's fourth full-length album and their second for Domino Records. This one sees them deconstructing their songwriting with a dub-inflected sound incorporating decaying tape loops, found samples and half-speed beats alongside their usual gentle guitars and hushed vocals. Co-produced by Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundatio...view item »
5.

Hood
Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys

'Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys' was Hood's first album for Domino following on from their two earlier lo-fi albums for Slumberland. It announced a drastic departure in their sound from the previous inventive indie to a less noisy, more tranquil approach that haunted the edges of post-rock. These six lengthy songs sprea...view item »
6.

Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

Here is something very special indeed. A new Mount Eerie album is always something to be cherished but this one deals with the grief and loss suffered by Phil Elverum following the tragic passing of his wife. To put this sense of loss into his art ....well I just hope in some way it was cathartic for him. The results are al...view item »
7.

Pye Corner Audio & Faten Kanaan
The Darkest Wave

Right then here is a biggie. A 7" collaboration between label mates Pye Corner Audio and Faten Kanaan on the increasingly collectible and high profile Polytechnic Youth imprint. The A side features Kanaan's New York narrative over some ice cool synths with a John Carpenter/Umbe...view item »
8.

Coil
Time Machines

One of the most beloved hidden gems in the Coil discog, Time Machines takes its name for and acts as an ode to a certain hallucination-inducing drug, the band working their tonal shifts into what they hoped would replicate the time-distortion inherent in its use. The record takes queues from Tibetan ...view item »
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Memory Drawings
The Nearest Exit

Third album from the Anglo/American collective Memory Drawings, featuring members of Hood, Manyfingers, Brave Timbers and Movietone. Pushing their exquisite dulcimer/guitar/violin sound deeper into the heart of post-rock (with nods towards Bark Psychosis...view item »
10.

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Austerity Dogs is the 6th album by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, but it’s the one that got them noticed. Since its release in 2013, the band have gone from strength to strength, being a necessary mouthpiece and cathartic outlet for many in the these austere times. They mix a punk snarl with ...view item »
11.

Godflesh
Post Self

Godflesh are known as an industrial metal band, but their 8th album, Post-Self, sees them move away from metal and experiment with industrial and post-punk sounds, exploring what inspired them in the first place. Lyrically the album deals with anxiety and depression, fear, mortality and paternal a...view item »
12.

Mogwai
Every Country's Sun

There’s not many things in life you can rely upon like Mogwai. Perhaps a really reliable plumber is the best comparison I can make. There they are year in year out to service all your post rock needs and come up with the odd chucklesome song title (check the press release for this year’s entry). This is th...view item »
13.

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of...view item »
14.

Bark Psychosis
Hex

'Hex' formed part of the first wave of post-rock made whilst the likes of Mogwai were in short trousers but it has more in common with the splintered atmospheres of late period Talk Talk, a meticulously conceived masterpiece of mood and emotion. Now expertly re-mastered and re-pressed, this is an essential purch...view item »
15.

Various
A Harbinger Sound Sampler

The fearsome Harbinger Sound label put together a compilation that captures the diversity and intensity of their current roster. A Harbinger Sound Sampler contains unheard tracks from Sleaford Mods, Consumer Electronics and Pain Jerk, as well as an astonishing array of angry, noisy and political ...view item »
16.

Dalham
Waves

You loved that Concretism record we put out didn't you? Well we're hoping you enjoy this too. Dalham is a mystery producer we found somewhere in the bowls of the internet who produces magnificently woozy electronics. Fans of Boards of Canada, Ulrich Schnauss, Warp Records and sci-fi scores&...view item »
17.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice

Though they have a lot of hair in common this collaboration would have been hard to predict yet these two songwriters voices intertwine rather well. Neither opens their mouth properly so they both co-drawl over some rather lovely folk rock. Mick Harvey, Warpaint and Dirty Three folk help keep ev...view item »
18.

Richard Dawson
Peasant

The new album from Richard Dawson is a notable new epic from the Tyneside master, featuring more guest musicians than ever before. Peasant’s songs are all set in the pre-medieval north-east, with each title naming a figure: ‘Weaver’, ‘Herald’, ‘Beggar’. It’s the most fully...view item »
19.

Public Service Broadcasting
Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting carry on with a third full-length album, this one focusing on (and recorded in a key hub of) South Wales’ faded mining tradition. As well as the usual line-up, Every Valley features Welsh guest appearances from Manic Street Preacher Mr. James Dean Bradfield...view item »
20.

Burial
Subtemple / Beachfires

Everyone's favourite cracklemonger Burial is back to deliver two new beat opuses on 10" wax for extra crackle. Featuring tracks such as 'Bus Dodger', 'Piss Lift', 'NHS Rizla' and 'Payspliff' (but none of those), it will be sure to console you into the wee hours with nothing but closed curtains and a glowing laptop screen for company. S...view item »
21.

Vic Mars
The Consumer Programme

Previously releasing on the excellent Clay Pipe records, this is Vic Mars second LP which playfully builds on earlier acclaim utilising influences from early synth experimenters, children’s tv shows, BBC Radiophonic Workshop and indeed all the things that make you buy records in 2017. Unlike a l...view item »
22.

The Hardy Tree
Through Passages of Time

This is the second missive from The Hardy Tree (aka Frances Castle owner of the magnificent Clay Pipe Records) It is influenced by the discovery of lost parts of London, those places that no longer exist or have been replaced by something totally alien. Castle uses gentle Moog's, vibraphones and mellotron to create lovely pieces...view item »
23.

Jane Weaver
Modern Kosmology

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Jane Weaver's early records (including those by her excellent band Misty Dixon) were lovely under the radar folky affairs but it wasn't until she started to invoke in vogue kraut and psych influences on 'The Silver Globe' that some overground success came her way. Mod...view item »
24.

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is an all-time television masterpiece. The best reason to own a TV during the early 90s, it was a game-changer that brought weekly instalments of cinema-level quality entertainment into homes long before The Wire and Breaking Bad. The world hadn't seen anything like it before or and hasn't really seen anything like it since....view item »
25.

Slowdive
Slowdive

2017 is an exciting year for shoegazers old and new as veteran bands take advantage of the resurgence in the genre by making new albums that would have been laughed out of court if the year was 1996. Slowdive follow on from Ride in unleashing new music and though they have prosaically only managed to self-t...view item »
26.

Angelo Badalamenti
Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1986 movie ‘Blue Velvet’ perfectly suits the edgy film noir feel of the now classic film. It mixes original compositions from long term Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti with the sort of originals that would suit the jukebox of any any shadowy dive ba...view item »
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Children Of Alice
Children Of Alice

This is the first new music from former James Cargill since Broadcast's tragic demise.  Here he collaborates with Julian House (Ghostbox founder) and Roj Stevens (Broadcast). Certain thematic links remain, notably the understated spookin...view item »
29.

Morrissey
Low In High School

Once something of a hero yet now an actual idiot, the announcement of a new Morrissey album still manages to rustle up some kind of excitement in a world of increasingly homogenous and uninteresting pop stars. Giving a rare voice in the indie world to right-leaning Brexiteers and Farage acolytes, fans will hope that there's some...view item »
30.

Oh Sees
Orc

Rebranded garage rock professors Oh Sees have become a little more informal with this one -- "please, call me Oh Sees", they ask as you step into their office for a chat. Cool dads. They follow up duelling records A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances (one a hard-hitting, twice-drumme...view item »
31.

Strawberry Switchblade
1982 4-Piece Demo

Strawberry Switchblade were a beautiful sugar-sweet indie-pop band from the 80’s. In the intervening time their cult reputation has only grown, making the appearance of these early recordings particularly tantalising. 1982 4-Piece Demo, from before the band stripped down to a duo, is a previously unheard insight i...view item »
32.

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Following on from the extremely popular Twin Peaks re-issue we now have a re-cut of Angelo Badalamenti's brooding soundtrack for 'Fire Walk With Me'. This 51 minute 2LP repress has been sourced from the original Warner Brothers archives and includes sleeve notes by Mark Kermode. Comes on 'cherry pie' coloured vinyl (natch). All audio and artwork...view item »
33.

Philip Glass
Buddha Machine

The latest model of the Buddha Machine is an especially exciting one: it comes loaded with loops of the music of Philip Glass, original minimalist. Glass’s works are hypnotic and beautiful enough even before they are Buddha-looped, so this is a crucial little device. Available in red or b...view item »
34.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS is a dense, swirling explosion of samples, synthesizers and chanted vocals that reminds us of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch at its most playful and ecstatic. Since her previous album Euclid, Smith’s songs have become looser, but also mo...view item »
35.

Sleaford Mods
English Tapas

Returning with their first full length record for Rough Trade, it will be fascinating to find out what Sleaford Mods made of 2016. The title here refers to cuisine in a pub the pair visited that consisted of "half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" - a menu that sums up the useless state of England, as viewed through...view item »
36.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

The subject of a much-anticipated forthcoming documentary by Andrew Dominik, 'Skeleton Tree' is the latest offering from much-revered Aussie dark overlord Nick Cave and his inimitable Black Seeds. Hot on the heels of 2013's critically acclaimed 'Push the Sky Away', this new work will no doubt delight Cave's many admirers. Released the day after ...view item »
37.

Ride
Weather Diaries

Much like Take That, Ride were popular and much-loved in their earlier days and following a long hiatus made a successful comeback where one of them was wearing a hat. Here, finally are the first fruits of their new work which was rather unfathomably produced by DJ, producer and remix man Erol Al...view item »
38.

Burial
Young Death / Nightmarket

In what's now becoming a sub-festive winter tradition, Burial delivers his first 12" of material since the wonderful, graceful and empathetic set of dubstep ambient tunes that came on Rival Dealer. He recently caused chaos with Zomby on "Sweetz", but this slab is Will Bevan through and through...view item »
39.

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different format...view item »
40.

Demdike Stare
Wonderland

In the four years that have elapsed since Demdike Stare’s last album ‘Elements’, the Lancastrian duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty released a series of seven vinyl only ‘Testpressing’ 12”s which have been gathered onto two CD’s that accompany the first edition of their latest full length ‘Wonde...view item »
41.

John Carpenter
Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Thy lord cometh. John Carpenter’s themes to his genre spanning and defining films are defining in themselves, with countless contemporary artists taking influence from them. This collection takes basically all of his biggest themes from his films including Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, Assau...view item »
42.

GAS
Narkopop

Well what do we have here then? Following on from that enormous box set of his greatest work of 20 years vintage, Wolfgang Voigt re-ignites his Gas project with a new album which, though it continues the thick foggy sonics of earlier work introduces dense and sometimes atonal sonics to the magical mist with that...view item »
43.

Mac DeMarco
This Old Dog

Here he comes again, wearer of North America's filthiest dungarees, that gap toothed smile presumably still intact. Last year's 'Another One' had him a little more measured and melancholy and certainly the first two tracks teased from this have a similar hushed vibe but with that twanging jangling guitar and warm mid fi pop sound intact...view item »
44.

Memory Drawings
Music For Another Loss.

A long awaited re-issue of one of our favourite albums over the last few years. Memory Drawings are led by dulcimer player Joel Hanson alongside Hood and sometime the Declining Winter main-man Richard Adams and Br...view item »
45.

Plinth
Collected Machine Music

Plinth makes music using old victorian music boxes, calliopes and all manner of wheezing things. Beautifully constructed and atmospheric, this re-issue contains all the tracks on the original Time Released Sound CD issue with new artwork in a reverse board sleeve. Limited to 250 that are completely exclusive to us! ...view item »
46.

Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition

The new Danny Brown lands on Warp Records. Atrocity Exhibition is his third full-length, and it pulls no punches at all. Guest producers include Evian Christ and Black Milk, and guest vocalists include Kelela, Earl Sweatshirt and Kendrick Lamar...view item »
47.

Leonard Cohen
You Want It Darker

Released prior to his recent and extremely sad death, this is novelist-gone-songwriter Leonard Cohen's 14th studio album. You Want It Darker is not a question, and that is made very clear with the minimal title track having a low ominous choir and an imposing Cohen sounding closer to ...view item »
48.

Coil
Astral Disaster (Prescription Edition)

Originally released on Gary Ramon of Sun Dial’s short run label Prescription, and later on Coil’s own Threshold House, what we have here are the original masters from the former. Reproduced with the same artwork also, so a real treat for people who can’t afford the price tag of...view item »
49.

The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome

Blue and Lonesome sees The Rolling Stones, in the sixth decade of their recording career, going back to their roots and playing the blues. The album features versions of songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed It was recorded live in the studio in just three days. ...view item »
50.

David Bowie
No Plan EP

So it turns out you didn't have to buy the Lazarus soundtrack to get these final recordings of David Bowie. It would be foolish not to release them in their own right as they are not only an important document of his last work but they are absolutely superb. The fact that they sound somewhat unfinished only increases th...view item »