If you can Adam-and-believe-it, 2017 is almost a distant memory. We’re flying through the year as the world crumbles to bits. Thank Christ then that there’s been some good music on our journey into destruction!
Over the past 24 hours, we’ve been painstakingly choosing our favourite singles of the year and after much consideration, here’s our TOP 50 OF 2K17 (but it’s not in order, obviously…)
Tigercub – ‘Control’ (Abstract Figures In The Dark, Alcopop!)
What a treat it’s been to see Tigercub blossom. Late last year saw the release of their debut full-length ‘Abstract Figures In The Dark’ and they’ve been racking up new fans and radio airplay like it’s going out of fashion. ‘Control’, released as a single earlier this year, is one of the big hitters from the record – certified banger.
Gun Shy – ‘Whilst You Execute’ (The Long Dance, WrongWayRound)
Big shouts and much-celebration for Southampton’s Gun Shy, following up their debut EP ‘First Transmission’ with their gnarly latest ‘The Long Dance’. Check out our review of the EP here.
Amber Arcades – ‘It Changes’ (Cannonball, Heavenly Recordings)
Swell sounds out of The Netherlands, ‘It Changes’ can be found regularly on BBC Radio 6 Music – and with good cause. A total pop banger.
False Advertising – ‘Honest’
Known for their infectious grunge-y smashers, False Advertising have outdone themselves with the ludicrously fun ‘Honest’. This sounds like something you can imagine hearing back in the day on a 90’s US college radio station. Mission accomplished.
Sleaford Mods – ‘B.H.S.’ (English Tapas, Rough Trade Records)
Three letters, lads – that’s how you do it. A follow on from the infectious ‘T.C.R.‘ of 2016, ‘B.H.S.’ is a proper earworm from the phenomenal Sleaford Mods. Lead single from their latest LP ‘English Tapas’, it might not be the barrel of laughs we’ve sometimes come to expect (‘A Room With A Poo’…), but it’s got actual hit written all over it.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – ‘Rattlesnake’ (Flying Microtonal Banana, Heavenly Recordings)
Technically a 2016 release, this wonderful, throwback single features on Aussie psych-rock kings King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s ninth studio album ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ – one of five album’s they plan to release in 2017! Tripped out mad ‘eds. Get involved.
Mi Mye – ‘Methadone Church’ (The Sympathy Sigh, Hide & Seek Records)
The final single to be taken from Mi Mye’s stunning 2016 LP ‘The Sympathy Sigh’, ‘Methadone Church’ is real lump-in-the-throat stuff. A delicate heart-wrencher.
GUG – ‘Life; Aquatic’
Supergroup – UNITE! This three-headed gnarly creature, featuring ex-Cleft, ex-Bad Grammar and current Alpha Male Tea Party members, reared its head late last year (only just, so we’re including it here) with a raucous assault. Believe.
RAYS – ‘Made Of Shadows’ (RAYS, Trouble In Mind)
Cool-as-a-cucumber California natives RAYS dropped their debut LP a few months back, featuring the rapid-fire ‘Made Of Shadows’ and its snarling post-punk energy.
Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (Pure Comedy, Sub Pop Records)
The man divides opinion somewhat, but with the release of ‘Pure Comedy’, the title track from the LP of the same name, people took note. A breathtaking 6 minutes as the Father lays it all out on the line and tells us what’s what.