Albums of the Year 2017
2017 has been an incredible year for new music.
We have witnessed some of the best debut albums in years, as well as welcoming new music from some of our life-long favourites.
The UK's indie record shops have voted, and we are proud to reveal Record Store Day's top 10 albums of 2017 below.
And if you don't already own them, you know where to find them...
10. Mr Jukes - God First
"God First by Mr. Jukes is a firm favourite here at Empire Records, one of those albums that sells itself every time you give it a spin. A collaboration between Jack Steadman, of Bombay Bicycle Club, and an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop and Soul artists, some standouts being BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, De La Soul and Lianne La Havas - it succeeds where similar ideas have failed. This is the album that Humanz can only wish it was!" Dave Burgess - Empire Records, St Albans.
9. Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex
"A darkly cinematic sweeping epic of an album, reminiscent of the wide open spaces of their home state Texas. This album recalls bands like Mazzy Star and The Cocteau Twins and holds a brooding place in the albums of the year for 2017."
David Kosky - Black Circle Records, Leighton Buzzard
8. Beck - Colors
"We loved Dreams as soon as we heard it but felt as though we were all waiting forever in anticipation to hear the rest of the album. Needless to say, when it finally came out, Colors didn’t disappoint. In fact, surprisingly it’s probably his most indie-pop, accessible record in years. It was also packaged beautifully for indie record shops which made us fall in love with it even more. A true indie hero." Steph Garner - Bridport Music, Bridport.
7. Oh Sees - Orc
"As a teenager in the late 70's, I was heavily into the punk music of the time - this band remind me of the excitement and energy from those days and this album is a fabulous progression in their discography. I recommend anyone to go and see them live." Tony Boothroyd - Vinyl Tap, Huddersfield
6. Thundercat - Drunk
"All at Vinyl Guru have been big fans of Thundercat since his work with Flying Lotus on "You're Dead". We love a bit of jazz up here and there's no one jazzier or funkier than Thundercat around on the scene at the moment. His virtuoso musicianship on the bass guitar never disappoints and he puts on an awesome show if you get the chance to catch him live. A Thundercat guest appearance always guarantees a quality release, such as his work with Kamasi Washington or Kendrick Lamar and this latest album is him right on top form. It even brings things round full circle for long time jazz lovers with the still smooth velvet tones of Michael McDonald. If further evidence was needed for its greatness it's on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label, which has never put out a bad record." Chris Larkin - Vinyl Guru, Newcastle.
5. Idles - Brutalism
"I voted for the Idles album for album of the year as it stuck out as something different. It's political, it's funny, it's loud and abrasive but gets stuck in your head. Nobody in Diverse can say 'Well Done' anymore without it sounding massively sarcastic or without the implication that Mary Berry has already completed the task in hand. Also, the singer is from Newport and I'm mates with the bassist." Matt Jarrett - Diverse Music, Newport
4. St Vincent - Masseduction
"Annie Clark as St. Vincent has released yet another fantastic album mixing a plethora of sounds in ‘Masseduction’. Incorporating guitars, “classic” instruments with electronics, synths and the best instrument of all, her voice. It’s fresh and interesting - and here at Spinning Discs Sheffield we love it!" Martin Black - Spinning Discs, Sheffield
3. Kendrick Lamar - Damn
"'Damn' [👑] There can be only one. Kendrick further justifies his position as one of the most fêted and talked-about artists of the decade with ‘Damn’, another deft and complex multi-layered experience" Johnny Hartford - Sister Ray Ace, London.
2. Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology
"I was totally blown away by"Modern Kosmology", a fantastic blend of Kosmiche grooves and off kilter psychedelic pop, bringing back memories of Broadcast and Stereolab at their best. Standout track for me has got to be "The Architect" - a throbbing synth propelling you forward into pop perfection. "Modern Kosmology"was an album that lodged in my brain from the first listen and I haven't stopped playing it since." Joey Bell - Forever Records, Nottingham.
1. 1. LCD Soundsystem - american dream
"A come-back album that was well worth waiting for. It's dark and melancholic, exploring themes of depression and death. James Murphy manages to channel his influences such as Brian Eno, Talking Heads and David Bowie to create something very special. Hopefully we won’t have to wait as long for the next LCD Soundsystem album!" Ian De-Whytell - Crash Records, Leeds