Lorde – “Melodrama”
The concept of going to and coming out of a party may seem simplistic at first; but with Lorde putting her on twist of the concept, the results are breathtaking. Her most daring and bravest album to date. Melodrama is the milestone from a teenage dream to a respectable artist in our generation. The originality of this album is just enough to be the best and smartest art pop album of 2017.
Top Tracks – Homemade Dynamite, Liability, Perfect Places, Sober II
Sampha – “Process”
Riveting. Stunning. Stellar. Sampha finally has given us a debut that is beyond this world. Winner of the 2017 Mercury Price, Process reaches out and will take your breath away. It’s so human and yet so inventive. From the opener “Plastic 100C”, you will feel like you are floating away and touching the stars through the voice of Sampha. And songs like “Timmy’s Prayer”, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano” and “Blood On Me” are just as captivating. Hands down, the best R&B debut in 2017.
Top Tracks: Plastic 100C, Timmy’s Prayer, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Amber Coffman – “City of No Reply”
The former singer of the Dirty Projectors steps out of her own and creates one of the year’s diverse debut albums of 2017. Each track of No Reply has a taste of doo-wop, reggaeton, experimental, R&B and pop rock. Coffman puts everything in her debut: love, loss and learning how to let go and keep on moving.
Top Tracks – Brand New, City of No Reply, No Coffee
SZA – “CTRL”
The debut album of 27 year-old Solána Imani Rowe a.k.a SZA from Maplewood, NJ. Claiming that music isn’t her first interest, CTRL sounds like one of K-Dot’s masterpieces and the volumes of love on her debut is poetic as well as effervescent. With 5 Grammys nominations tied to her name, SZA has more to offer in the future with her music and CTRL is her blueprint.
Tyler, The Creator – “Scum Fuck Flower Boy”
Tyler’s most revealing and forward album in his music catalog. The rawness of his vocals as well as his brutally honest lyrics really propel him to be an artist to keep an eye out. Songs like “See You Again” and “I Ain’t Got Time” are the true examples of his signs of great artistry as well as his maturity in life.
Top Tracks – See You Again, Boredom, I Ain’t Got Time
St. Vincent – “MASSEDUCTION”
Hot Damn! What can Annie not do? MASSEDUCTION is one of the cheekiest (pun intended) and honest albums from St. Vincent and the expectations are so unexpected. It’s safe to say that she’s the female David Bowie of our time and she’s so ahead of the game that she’s literally stomping it with her high heels.
Top Tracks: Pills, New York, Los Ageless
Slowdive – “Slowdive”
It has been 22 years since Slowdive released their 3rd album and their return is just as fresh as their music. They have evolved the dream-like sound of shoegazing and show that they are the real deal. Dive deep into this album and you’ll feel the atmospheric ranges as well as the legacy that they bestowed.
Top Tracks: Sugar For The Pill, Slomo