Top 50 of 2K17 #41 – 50: From Space Blood to Idles

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…)

Meat Wave – ‘Run You Out’ (The Incessant, Big Scary Monsters/SideOneDummy Records)

Admittedly a 2016 release, ‘Run You Out’ had its official video release this year so still counts! A  joyous 120-odd seconds from Chicago trio Meat Wave. An absolute screamer from their latest record ‘The Incessant’.

Space Blood – ‘Cemetery School’ (Tactical Chunder, Lonely Voyage Records)

Our favourite intergalactic kooks Space Blood finally released a full length this year (oo-er), with ‘Cemetery School’ being its weirdo lead single. Intricate and spaced out math-rock for all the family. 

Weirds – ‘Phantom’ (Swarmculture, Alcopop!)

Weirds have had this year nailed, releasing their debut LP through indie tastemaker label Alcopop! and nipping out on a tour across the UK with The Wytches. In ‘Phantom’, Weirds look down on their contemporaries from up high.

USA Nails – ‘Piling Up’ (Sell Sell Sell, SAD TAPES) 

On ‘Sell Sell Sell‘ USA Nails stripped back their sound somewhat, recording to a Yamaha MM30 cassette recorder between rehearsal rooms and at home. It’s still USA Nails but a bit more raw so we can see their teeth. Gnarly as ever.

Idles – ‘Mother’  (Brutalism, Balley Records)

A working class anthem for the masses, ‘Mother’ is Idles at their most honest and brutal. Feel those hairs standing on the back of your neck and your blood boiling.

Cowtown – ‘Emojicore’ (Paranormal Romance, The Audacious Art Experiment)

Another instance of a 2016 release getting the video treatment in 2017, it would be hard not to include this COWTOWN single because… just LOOK at that video! Synth-tastic Devo-esque vibes aplenty from this cult Leeds trio.

NIGHT OWLS – ‘Out Of My Head

The return of NIGHT OWLS brings with it their delectable new single – the sun soaked, shoegaze-esque sounds of ‘Out Of My Head’. A foot off the pedal than what we’ve come to expect but a great indicator of what’s to come from their new material.

Post War Glamour Girls – ‘Organ Donor’ (Swan Songs, Hide & Seek Records)

An absolute beast in a live setting, the entrancing ‘Organ Donor’ is an unreal dose of hypnotic pleasure from Leeds own Post War Glamour Girls. Drink it in.

Pile – ‘Texas’ (A Hairshirt Of Purpose, Exploding In Sound Records)

The riffy lead single from the latest Pile record, ‘Texas’ storms along with the feel of heading into battle. A monster of a track.

Pip Blom – ‘I Think I’m In Love’

A proper lovely little scuzzy pop banger from Amsterdam, ‘I Think I’m In Love’ sees Pip Blom getting right into your head with this infectious number. 

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Top 50 of 2K17 #31 – 40: From Sleaford Mods to GUG

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.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #21 – 30: From Death From Above to USA Nails

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…)

The Yossarians – ‘I Have Eyes’ (Fabric Of Time)

The Yossarians released ‘Fabric Of Time’ into the world on New Years Day 2017 and with it the wonderfully captivating ‘I Have Eyes’. A story woven in that’s just as intriguing as the Manchester collective. How’s about that closing stretch?

H. Hawkline – ‘My Mine’ (I Romanticize, Heavenly Recordings)

A lovely little number from Welsh singer songwriter H.Hawkline, ‘My Mine’ is taken from his latest LP ‘I Romanticize’ and is just as heavenly as the label it’s released on!

Death From Above – ‘Freeze Me’

The incredible Death From Above 1979 are back (again) with the slow-burn future hit that is ‘Freeze Me’. A scorching follow up to 2014’s amazing comeback ‘The Physical World’.

Gallops – ‘Darkjewel’ (Bronze Mystic, Blood & Biscuits)

How’s about we get trapped inside a PS2, how’s that sound? This engrossing 7 minute number from Gallops is stunning, on the quiet. Gnarly enough to start with, but it keeps going and going and going, amping up the cacophony every other minute. Stupidly good.

Drahla – ‘Faux Text’ (Too Pure Singles Club)

Leeds sure know how to breed ‘em! Originally featured as an exclusive single through the much-celebrated Too Pure Singles Club, ‘Faux Text’ is a brilliantly different, straight out of the 80’s early single from Drahla and a good indicator of why people are starting to take notice.

Omni – ‘Thesis’ (Chunklet)

Omni’s debut album ‘Deluxe’ was a last minute album of the year contender in 2016 and it’s been on regular rotation here for the remainder of 2017. A 7” soon followed due to popular demand, with the brilliant ‘Thesis’ tail-ending it. Cannot get enough of this Atlanta trio.

JOHN – ‘Ghost Printer’ (GOD SPEED IN THE NATIONAL LIMIT)

A raucous new single from our favourite four-legged Southern duo JOHN, ‘Ghost Printer’ is the first single taken from their debut LP (due out later this year). Exciting!
How’s about reading this interview with the duo? Why not!

Sparks – ‘What The Hell Is It This Time?’ (Hippopotamus, BMG Rights Management)

It says a lot that LA art-rock duo Sparks are still knocking belting tunes out at the ripe old age of near-70. Taken from their 22nd studio album (!), the duo take a stern look at religion and all sorts on this fascinating number.

PINS – ‘Aggrophobe’ (Bad Thing, Haus Of Pins)

Manchester gang PINS hooked up with Iggy Pop for the sultry, hypnotic ‘Aggrophobe’. Think the intro to ‘Enfilade’, Mother Leopard, but chock full of sass.

USA Nails – ‘University Home’ (Shame Spiral, Hominid Sounds/Bigout Records)

Taken from their brutal new LP ‘Shame Spiral’, ‘University Home’ takes USA Nails to new skull crushing heights and cements their status as one of the best bands knocking abut the fringes today.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #11 – 20: From Fleet Foxes to The Moonlandingz

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…)

Mac DeMarco – ‘My Old Man’ (This Old Dog, Captured Tracks)

He’s done it again folks – Mac DeMarco’s gone away, had a think, and come back with a proper winner of a record. One of two lead singles from his latest LP ‘This Old Dog’, this is stripped back, subdued and reflective Mac, retaining that charm of our favourite late 20’s Canadian. Slip this on and slip off your kecks, lads.

Priests – ‘Jj’ (Nothing Feels Natural, Sister Polygon Records)

A sure fire contender for album of the year with their debut LP ‘Nothing Feels Natural’, the cooler-than-cool Washington, DC quartet Priests let loose on ‘Jj’. It’s hard not to get caught up in the wildcat vocal of Katie Alice Greer and the surf-pop swagger of the tune itself. Recommended.

The Moonlandingz – ‘The Strangle Of Anna’ (Interplanetary Class Classics, Transgressive)

Dirtbox Johnny Rocket is up to his old tricks again – complete with fried egg corset (obvs) in this Velvet Underground-esque love song dripping with sleaze. Everyone’s raving about The Moonlandingz these days and with good reason – the tunes are there and the live show is untouchable. Consider ‘The Strangle Of Anna’ as a breather from the chaos (almost…)

The Physics House Band – ‘Calypso‘ (Mercury Fountain, Small Pond)

Taken from their mind-bending new release ‘Mercury Fountain’, The Physics House Band amp up the funky, tripped out math-rock that fans have become accustomed to – and then turn it up to 11. Proper gurning shit this, folks. Brighton’s finest at it again.

Fleet Foxes – ‘Third Of May/Odaigahara’ (Crack-Up, Nonesuch Records Inc.)

Within seconds of hearing this for the first time, I could feel my heart swelling and the hairs rising on the back of my neck. Swept up entirely by the heartbreaking delivery on the vocals, against the luscious sounds created by the quintet. Then it hits that halfway point!

Post War Glamour Girls – ‘Pollyanna Cowgirl’ (Swan Songs, Hide & Seek Records)

A live favourite for sure, ‘Pollyanna Cowgirl’ marks the first appearance from Post War Glamour Girls in this list. A pulsing, enthralling piece of work from the cult Leeds quartet. Favourite part? The backing vocal of drummer Ben Clyde on the chorus. Spine-tingling.

Shaking Chains – ‘Midnight Oil’ 

A hip-shaking, head-bobber of a debut for definite, the song is a sparking wick on a dynamite stick, verging on a chaotic ending at any second. The first single from London/Manchester’s Shaking Chains picked up a lot of attention on its release a few months back. It’s certainly done the trick – they’re supporting cult favourites James this July!

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘The Big What If’ (The Haze, Caroline International)

A foot-stomping return from our favourites Pulled Apart By Horses is absolutely what the doctor ordered. Taken from their storming new LP ‘The Haze’, it sees the Leeds quartet back at their gnarly, riff-y best. Undeniably catchy chorus on this fucker!

Sweet Baboo – ‘Badminton’ (Wild Imagination, Moshi Moshi Records)

Who knew a song about losing at badminton could evoke such sadness? The luscious, captivating ‘Badminton’ is taken from Sweet Baboo’s latest record ‘Wild Imagination’, one which we called “An ode to the little things and starry eyed views, making a break for it and swollen hearts.”
(You can read all about that here!)

Dutch Uncles – ‘Oh Yeah’ (Big Balloon, Memphis Industries)

Potentially the single of the year, this is Dutch Uncles at their Duncan-dancing best. We called it a 100% dick straightener when it came out, and we stand by that statement still.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #1 – 10: From Dutch Uncles to Pissed Jeans

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…)

Everything Everything – ‘Can’t Do‘ (A Fever Dream, RCA RECORDS)

The return single from this Northern powerhouse, the infectious ‘Can’t Do’ is taken from their forthcoming album ‘A Fever Dream’, likely to have you jumping for joy on its release this August. Talk about not missing a beat, the hype train keeps roaring on!

Dutch Uncles – ‘Streetlight’ (Big Balloon, Memphis Industries)

One of the big hitters on an LP made up of big hitters, it’s the first appearance from Dutch Uncles in our list but I can promise you it won’t be their last. A ludicrous little number tucked away toward the end of latest album ‘Big Balloon’, its sultry tone is truly hypnotising!

Pissed Jeans – ‘The Bar Is Low’ (Why Love Now, Sub Pop Records)

Technically released in 2016, this rough and ready lead single from their 2017 release ‘Why Love Now’ is a proper shin kicker, sneering that we’re well and truly fighting for scraps right now. Cherry on top? This piss-funny promotional music video that catches our lads jock-ing it up in the gym.

Menace Beach – ‘Maybe We’ll Drown‘ (Lemon MemoryMemphis Industries)

The lead single from their latest record, ‘Maybe We’ll Drown’ captures the fuzzed out nature of the Leeds quintet perfectly, topped off with the spine-tingling vocal of Liza Violet.
Check out our exclusive interview with Menace Beach here!

Sleaford Mods – ‘Moptop’ (English Tapas, Rough Trade Records)

What a year it’s been for our Sleaford Mods. Giant showings at Wembley and Glastonbury Festival over the past month as well as shows all over the world have seen the duo getting in the face of all and sundry. Their latest record ‘English Tapas’ kick started the year for them and ‘Moptop’ sees them at their piss-funny, infectious best.

Idles – ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (Brutalism, Balley Records)

Acerbic and side-splittingly funny all at once, ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ takes shots at Rothko (paints like a child), Bellingham (shite photographer) and Francis Bacon (fucking div) against a frantic wig-splitting noise assault.

Meat Wave – ‘Bad Man’ (The Incessant, Big Scary Monsters/SideOneDummy Records)

Chicago’s gnarliest trio Meat Wave put out a real stormer of a record in ‘The Incessant’ earlier this year, with ‘Bad Man’ capturing the ferocity perfectly. We were slightly late to the party with Meat Wave, but we’re fully on board now.

Oh Sees – ‘The Static God’ (Orc, Castleface Records)

Taken from their 19th album out later this year (!), Oh Sees don’t just hit the ground running, they obliterate the ground and everything underneath it – Think that stadium scene from ‘Akira’ (as you’ll find out as soon as you click play). Always hit, never miss.

Thundercat – ‘Show You The Way’ (Drunk, Brainfeeder)

From his most recent 20+ track LP Drunk, Thundercat brings the silky smooth vibez to this collaborative work of genius. FFO’s: Alan’s Deep Bath.

Cate Le Bon – ‘Rock Pool’ (Rock Pool, Drag City)

The lead single from a four-track EP released earlier this year, Cate Le Bon amps up the kookiness in this delightful little segway from 2016’s ‘Crab Day’ LP. The sixties vibe is strong in this one.

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