Best of 2017: Music Releases
Now that the fall semester has come to a close, I finally have time to start my personal blog and I figured there was no better way to do that than to talk about some of my favorite music releases of 2017.
I encourage you to proceed with caution and an open mind because the music you're about to be exposed to has the power to invoke euphoric feelings of bliss, excitement and happiness.
It's extremely difficult to put music into words, but bear with me. In no particular order, lets get started.
Rainbows & Waterfalls - Pretty Lights
This funky, dance-invoking single was released back in October when the mysterious spooky vibes were surrounding us. In my opinion, when jamming to this tune, I feel like I'm exploring a new planet... take a listen and you'll understand.
Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator
In July, Tyler's music style bloomed into a redefined and upgraded version of its past. "Flower Boy" changed things up a bit with a sense of seriousness and melancholy in addition to some amazing features including Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, Rex Orange County, I could go on and on. Of course, in my opinion, every album sounds best when listened to in order... So, go do that now if you haven't!
Baralku - Emanicpator
I've been listening to Emancipator for years and years and yet he still brings something new to the table with each album. Most of his music is instrumental, so it's complicated to explain the music itself, I can only equate it to certain feelings. That being said, go dive in to the instrumental euphoria that is Emancipator's music.
SYRE - Jaden Smith
First of all, the "intro" (if you can call it that) to this album, the first four songs, are a work of art. B, L, U, and E flow into each other so seamlessly it creates a mix tape sound, which is one of my personal favorite touches. If you're not familiar with Jaden Smith's earlier music, you should check it out, Soundcloud is the best source for that ;) Again... you have to listen to this album in order to hear its full potential.
Little Dark Age - MGMT
Ok.. um... hmm... well... THIS SONG. It was released in October and it was my dedicated Halloween jam song. Its fantastic, it has a spooky 80's funky feel ("80's", "spooky" and "funky" are probably my three favorite words if you coudn't tell) and everyone can jam to it. I can't say much else, I mean, just go listen to it. Also, might I add, MGMT will be at BUKU Festival this year and I'm gonna lose my mind.
Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1 - Lil Peep
There is a lot to say here, but I will keep it short and simple. Lil Peep really made moves this year with his music and he will be greatly missed by so so so many, including myself. I do not support addict shaming and before you reprimand someone's death, I would recommend educating yourself and using your voice for productive purposes only. Let's get into the album now: Lil Peep has such a unique punk-rap style, he's essentially brought more popularity to a relatively new hybrid genre. This album is a dark, punk work of art. If you can't get enough after listening to this album, I highly recommend taking a listen to "HELLBOY" over on Lil Peep's Soundcloud.
Mass Manipulation - Rezz
Ok, to completely change things up, lets talk Mass Manipulation. "Relax" really sets the theme for the album, its tricky but perfect. If you've never listened to Rezz before, hold on to your earbuds my friends, you're going on a wild alien/space/robot ride... so... just... relax... Rezz turns a slow BPM into such a wild ride, which for someone who has no knowledge about making EDM tunes, its hard to understand how that's even possible. Even if you find Rezz tunes aren't exactly a perfect fit for you to jam to in the car, don't knock it till you experience her live set, perhaps at BUKU Festival in March??? ;)
Too Real - Giraffage
While we're on the topic of EDM, this album is way more relaxed (than Rezz at least). Giraffage blessed our ears this year with a very 80's melodic album, which completely upped his game. Of course, "Feels" will always be one of my favorites, but wow "Too Real" just shows how much this man has blossomed over the years. For all of you who like to get deep into the bass, "Earth" will be your jam. It's tucked in the middle of the album, the surprise hidden between some cute lil beeps and boops at the beginning of the song, but regardless, it BLEW MY MIND. On an end note, "19 Hours". Thats it my dudes. That's all I can say.
Sweet Dreams - BØRNS
This man basically blew up after the release of his hit album "Dopamine" in 2015, but he's been almost steadily releasing singles since then... "Sweet Dreams" is definitely one of my favorite singles so far, its danceable, mystical, and alt-y. Definitely a classic hit most people can appreciate and I know I sure as hell LOVE this dreamy tune. I'm dying to catch BØRNS on his U.S. tour in 2018!!!
I See You - The XX
Ok ok we all knew I'd have something from The XX on this list, big shocker... BUT you can't blame me right?? This band has been making unexplainably good music for almost a decade, of course their latest album is a banger. This whole indie-pop album makes me wanna dance around and sing like a crazy woman. Might I add, the I See You tour this year was phenomenal, look up videos on youtube now go go go go....
Pick It Up (feat. A$AP Rocky) - Famous Dex
You didn't think I was gonna write a post like this without throwing in some good ol rap in huh? Famous Dex has caught fire this year with this single, but wait is that... A$AP Rocky???!! Yes. His verse is bomb, as always and I must say putting Famous Dex and A$AP Rocky together was a brilliant idea.
Currents B-Sides & Remixes - Tame Impala
I really thought "Currents" was an album of the past, but just when I needed more Tame Impala in my life they released this. Like everything else they put out, its perfect. "Taxi's Here" is definitely my favorite of the five, but the remixes are also some solid jams. Until further notice, I'm just here, still waiting to experience their live performance of "The Less I Know The Better".
Ctrl - SZA
Y'all better not be tired of hearing, seeing, breathing SZA because... "Ctrl" HAD to be on this list, do y'all think I'm crazy or something? This woman has FIVE grammy nominations and I have no doubt she will win every single one of them. I'm not trying to go "hipster" on y'all, but as someone who's been listening to this queen since the beginning, I can hear the growth and hard work in "Ctrl" and she truly deserves every single award for this piece of art. Go. Listen. Now. If you haven't where have you been????? Hop on this train, you wont regret it.
Congrats, you made it to the end of this hefty list, but to make things easier, I created a playlist of all these jams on my Spotify :)
Heres the link: