We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list curated by Tim Mitchell of Vessels.
Jacques Greene – Feel Infinite
After a string of excellent EP releases since 2010, it was great to see Jacques Greene finally release his debut album in early in 2017. Fusing a minimalist combination of UK bass music, melodic synth lines, R&B vocal loops and occasional off-kilter grooves into a long player that combines both the club and home listening, Feel Infinite was definitely not a disappointment for fans of his clearly identifiable sound.
Throwing Snow – Embers
Ross Tone’s second album ‘Embers’ contains fourteen tracks of emotive and epic synthesizer work-outs. Both ambient and beat-laden, it is difficult to pick one song to highlight as this is really a collection of tracks that works best when experienced as an immersive full album experience; highly recommended on a set of good headphones!
Indian Wells – Where the World Ends
Nine tracks of expertly crafted shimmering headphone-orientated electronic music that ooze atmosphere and melody. This is the Italian producer’s third and most fully-realised album.
Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory
All This I Do For Glory is an excellent distillation of and introduction to the work of Colin Stetson, and what he can do with a saxophone and impressive circular-breathing technique. The tracks on this album are at differing times haunting, atonal, rhythmic and sublime and often all at once. Rather than being a masterclass in technique and pure experimentation, Stetson’s playing here has an increasing emotional impact that rewards the attentive listener.
Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
There has never been a year of a Do Make Say Think album release that is has not ended up near the top of my albums of the year list. 2017 is no exception. Eight years since their last release, Do Make Say Think have not lost any of their ability to create complex, dynamic and engaging instrumental music around a centre-piece of guitars and drums (lots of them). Still the best ‘post-rock’ around, they are also so much more than that genre tag implies combining jazz, space-rock, ambient and more.