My Favorite Releases of 2017

This year, like previous years, I listened to almost 300 new releases. That’s nearly one new release per day. And no, I don’t know how I did it either.

And also like previous years, I decided to unleash a really large list of 45 rather than attempt to cull it down to, say, my favorite 10. I’m starting to wonder if I should call this my recommendations list rather than favorites. While I know this list is overwhelming, I’m hoping there’s a little something in here for everyone, for every mood.

Plus it’s been wonderful to become friends and acquaintances with several on this list. I’ve seen many of these artists live. And I would rather share all of this incredible music with you than squander the chance to raise awareness about these spectacular releases.

The vast majority of these can be found on Bandcamp, often in both physical and digital forms. You can check my collection and you’ll find many there if curious. And a warm thank you to Chris Santillo: there’s a Spotify playlist at the bottom with 31 of the 45. So have at it and Happy Holidays!

  • Alex Crispin – Idle Worship
  • Boy Harsher – Country Girl EP
  • Circa Tapes – Love and Venom
  • DeepChord – Auratones
  • Demen – Nektyr
  • DIN – Real Dirt
  • Drab Majesty – The Demonstration
  • Feral Body – Feral Body
  • FORCES – NEWBODY
  • Further Reductions – Disparate Elements EP
  • Godflesh – Post Self
  • Grant – Perception
  • High Aura’d – No River Long Enough Doesn’t Contain a Bend
  • High-Functioning Flesh – Culture Cut
  • Hiro Kone – Love Is The Capital
  • Ike Yard – Sacred Machine
  • Ivy Meadows – Zodiac
  • Jay Glass Dubs – Dubs
  • Leyland Kirby – We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives
  • Marker – Marker
  • Miniatures – Jessamines
  • The Morelings – Same Century
  • Multiple Man – New Metal
  • Nadia Struiwigh – Lenticular
  • Nakayama Munetoshi – Echolocation
  • Natural Assembly – The Fantasy Of Love
  • Ninos Du Brasil – Vida Eterna
  • Pauline Anna Strom – Trans-Millenia Music
  • Phase Fatale – Redeemer
  • Pye Corner Audio – The Darkest Wave
  • Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Ambient Black Magic
  • Richard H. Kirk – Dasein
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  • Secret Shine – There Is Only Now
  • Slowdive – Slowdive
  • Steve Roach – Spiral Revelation (released Dec 31, 2016)
  • Sumerian Fleet – Pendulum
  • Sunmoonstar – The Great Barrier Reef
  • Various – Surviving In Europe
  • Various – Synthicide Compilation v1.0
  • Trepaneringsritualen – Kainskult
  • Tzusing – 東方不敗
  • Visitor – E.B.E.
  • Wanderwelle – Lost In A Sea Of Trees
  • Windy & Carl – Blues For A UFO

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https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/csantillo/playlist/5OoADhjHMWEQp7nV4MSoQU

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