Top 50 of 2K17 #41 – 50: From Chiyoda Ku to Wot Gorilla?

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Chiyoda Ku – ‘Smile You’re On CCTV’ (How It Works)

From their stonking debut ‘How It Works’, ‘Smile You’re On CCTV’ is the Chiyoda Ku live staple. The Bristolian wunderkind trio really make it happen on this super cool number.

Kagoule – ‘Monsieur Automaton’ (Ra-Ra Rok Records)

More than welcome new material from gnarly Nottingham based trio Kagoule. From their much anticipated follow up to 2015’s ‘Urth’, Kagoule remain one of the most exciting bands coming out of the UK.

Seize The Chair – ‘Knew You’d Never Been There’ (Too Pure Singles Club)

Sheffield’s own Seize The Chair bring out some real MADCHESTER vibes on this shimmering belter for the Too Pure Singles Club. First heard on these very pages!

The Cribs – ‘In Your Palace(24/7 Rock Star Shit, Sonic Blew)

In Your Palace’ is another grunge-heavy smasher from The Cribs off their latest record, the Albini produced 24/7 Rock Star Shit. Mega chorus from the Jarman trio.

Jamie Lenman – ‘Mississippi(Devolver, Big Scary Monsters)

A proper ‘smell-the-shit’ chunky riff throughout this fucker. From his latest LP ‘Devolver’, Lenman reflects heavy on the raucous ‘Mississippi’, with the verse about his Pa being particularly brutal.

Omni – ‘Southbound Station’ (Multi-Task, Trouble In Mind Records)

Another blast from Omni and another single of the year contender. As is often the case with Omni, ‘Southbound Station’ became an instant earworm, such is its appeal. That closing stretch is 100% strength.

Pet Crow – ‘How Are You Wired?(Too Pure Singles Club)

A thundering blast of groovy garage-rock from Derby based quartet Pet Crow,How Are You Wired?’ is all swagger. We even had the pleasure of premiering it way back when!

H. Grimace – ‘Land/Body(Self Architect, Opposite Number)

Southern post-punk quartet H. Grimace are proper energised in ‘Land/Body’, the first single taken from their debut LP ‘Self Architect’. The cucumber cool vocal of Hannah Gledhill keeps in check throughout, even when the track delves into the occasional manic moment. Shades of Preoccupations.

Table Scraps – ‘Sick Of Me’ (Autonomy, Zen Ten)

Taken from their debut album ‘Autonomy’ (out early next year), the retro-tinged new single from Brummy trio Table Scraps is a thumping bite of garage-rock and/or roll.

Wot Gorilla? – ‘Kikuna’ (Angel Numbers)

Opening up with the daftest of intros (in a dead good way), the opener from the latest Wot Gorilla? release hardly lets up. Absolutely brutal in parts, it’s a massive shot of adrenaline right in the temple.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #31 – 40: From Baxter Dury to JOHN

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Baxter Dury – ‘Oi(Prince Of Tears, Heavenly Recordings)

You borrowed my bike forever

Harking back to a challenging childhood friendship, this blinding ditty from the latest Baxter Dury record excels in its imagery. Hilarious lyrically, the drawl of Baxter captivates.

Frauds – ‘Suck Jobs‘ (With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice, Till Deaf Do Us Party)

Absolute stonker of a riff, huge chorus and a piss-funny vocal delivery. This absolute beast comes as part of Frauds’ brutal debut LP ‘With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice’.

Duds – ‘Elastic Feel’(Of A Nature Or Degree, Castle Face Records)

Another appearance from Duds, this time the first single announced from their debut albumOf A Nature Or Degree’. Being the first UK band to join the Castle Face Records family, the tightrope-tense ‘Elastic Feel’ opened up Duds to a wider audience. Lucky then that they knocked it out of the park. Vital.

LCD Soundsystem – ‘how do you sleep?(American Dream, DFA Records)

The perfect LCD Soundsystem jam, this. On a recent holiday in Munich, this became a bit of an anthem. An unreal build throughout its 9 minutes.

Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – ‘Pretty Prizes’ (Milano, Columbia)

You’ve got to quench that Parquet Courts thirst somehow, right? Chuck Karen O into the mix and you’ve got this delightful little back and forth under Italian composer Daniele Luppi (he of Gnarls BarkleyCrazy’ fame).

Demob Happy – ‘Be Your Man’ (Holy Doom, SO Recordings)

Very much channelling mid-noughties Queens of the Stone Age and – dare I say it, The BeatlesDemob Happy bring out all the swagger on ‘Be Your Man’. Packed full of gnarly riffs this one.

METZ – ‘Cellophane’ (Strange Peace, Sub Pop Records)

Proper catchy bit of pulverising noize from usual suspects METZ. Taken from their new record ‘Strange Peace’, the New Yorker’s hooked up with Albini on this one to capture their raucous sound as it should be.

Mush – ‘Luxury Animals(Art Is Hard Records)

Soon to become a household name, Leeds quartet Mush add a little dash of Britpop flavouring into their garage-rock sound on latest single ‘Luxury Animals’. This builds into a total ripper, believe me!

And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings(The Endless Shimmering, Sargent House)

An absolute stonker of a tune from Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar, ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’ captures the quartet at their most epic. Joyous and uplifting, it’s an instant hit from their latest record ‘The Endless Shimmering’.

JOHN – ‘Local Blood Sport(Too Pure Singles Club)

Carrying on the tradition of really horrid, loud bands on the Too Pure Singles Club, ‘Local Blood Sport’ is a super distorted assault from JOHN, our favourite duo from Crystal Palace. A perfect accompaniment to their debut album ‘God Speed In The National Limit’ (which also came out this year).

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Top 50 of 2K17 #21 – 30: From Nadine Shah to Flat Worms

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Nadine Shah – ‘Place Like This(Holiday Destination, 1965 Records Limited)

Very much in the same style vein as Cate Le Bon (one of our favourites), the opener from Nadine Shah’s new record ‘Holiday Destinationis a proper energising cut, one which we’ve been spinning since its release in August.

Sparks – ‘I Wish You Were Fun’ (Hippopotamus, BMG Rights Management)

The second appearance from Sparks in our list, this little throwback number from brothers Ron and Russell Mael is lovely. No other way to put it, really. A proper earworm of a chorus too.

Thank – ‘Punching Bag(Sexghost Hellscape, Cruel Nature Records)

From their brutal debut EP released a few months back (which you can listen to here), ‘Punching Bag’ is very much that. A furious head-kick from this Leeds based crew, it’s particularly jarring. Likely the first song to feature the lyrics ‘…Shit in my hands and clap’. Very much a cold shower afterwards.

Downtown Boys – ‘A Wall‘ (Cost of Living, Sub Pop Records)

Gnarly, high-intensity punk from Rhode Island. Downtown Boys get stuck in from the word go, vocalist Victoria Ruiz howling every word so emphatically it’s hard not to join with guitarist Joey DeFrancesco when he calls back ‘Fuck It’. Love that sax, man!

Oh Sees ‘Animated Violence’ (Orc, Castle Face Records)

Double drummers of the world, unite and take over. This is one of the many face-melters taken from Orc’, the 19th album in Oh Sees oeuvre (so Dwyer recalls, anyway!) A proper beast of a record, ‘Animated Violence’ in particular sounds gigantic!

Thundercat – ‘Them Changes(Drunk, Brainfeeder)

Admittedly, this has been knocking about for years. But thanks to its inclusion on ‘Drunk’, the most recent opus from Los Angeles native Thundercat, we’re sticking it in our Top 50 for this year. Hell, I can see it making next year’s list too!

Snake Eyes – ‘Trouble(Sacred Bones Records)

As heard in the new series of Twin Peaks – and being very much the exact sort of thing you’d hear in Twin Peaks – this collab between Riley Lynch (David’s kid), Dean Hurley and Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) has got that smoky room noir feeling all tied up.

Omni – ‘Equestrian(Multi-Task, Trouble In Mind Records)

Potentially our single of the year. The first track taken from Atlanta trio Omni’s second LP ‘Multi-Task takes their super-catchy brand of jerky post-punk and ups the dosage. Well in.

The Breeders – ‘Wait In The Car’ (4AD)

Very much a Breeders song, which is 100% a good thing. Short, scrappy and loads of fun, it’s a welcome *proper* return from the *proper* line-up, and a sure fire sign of good things to come.

Flat Worms – ‘Pearl(Flat Worms, Castle Face Records)

Absolute ripper from this LA trio, featuring our boy Tim Hellman (of Thee Oh Sees fame). This record, their rager of a self-titled debut, has been on repeat in our gaff for the past fortnight. Cover of the year contender too!

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Top 50 of 2K17 #11 – 20: From Hookworms to Real Terms

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Hookworms – ‘Negative Space’ (Microshift, Domino)

From their forthcoming record ‘Microshift, out early next year, Hookworms deliver a whirlwind of emotions on ‘Negative Space’. Very much the definition of taking the listener on a journey, from dance-a-thon beginnings, it builds to true euphoria (and so much more). Strap yourself in – we’ll see you on t’other side.

Field Music – ‘Count It Up’ (Open Here, Memphis Industries)

Goose pimple inducing stuff, the irresistible new single from Sunderland’s own Field Music is said to be their version of ‘Material Girl’, but with a more hard-hitting, Brexit lyrical theme attached.

NALA – ‘Limón’ (EP1)

Taken from her debut release (as premiered on these pages), Leeds based solo electronic artist NALA has lofty ambitions to be the ‘Unofficial Queen of music that makes you wanna dance and cry at the same time’. NALA excels in the thrilling ‘Limón’.

Pissed Jeans – ‘I’m A Man(Why Love Now, Sub Pop Records)

An uncomfortable yet invigorating listen, guest vocalist Lindsay Hunter dominates this crude, personal-space-invasion. On first listen, I was stunned into silence, jaw on the floor. ‘I’m A Man’ gets all up inside you and it’s fucking horrible, but it sees Pissed Jeans go above and beyond their already high status.

LCD Soundsystem – ‘oh baby(American Dream, DFA Records)

Yes, there was some trepidation in the LCD Soundsystem return (especially after the reveal of that dreadful artwork). These fears were soon nixed however once ‘American Dream’ dropped and the opening pangs of ‘oh baby’ kicked in. A heart-stopper no doubt.

Everything Everything – ‘A Fever Dream’ (A Fever Dream, RCA Records)

The title track from the stunning new Everything Everything LP, ’A Fever Dream’ builds and builds to this luscious electronic track that is spine-tingling. The definite highlight from an album’s worth of stunners.

ZoZo – ‘NoNo’ (A Bitter Gourd, Hatch Records)

More saxophone please, mate! Super dancey brilliance from Leeds post-punk heartthrobs ZoZo, this giant single from their new EP and its mile-a-minute vocal is stupidly catchy. Absolute earworm central.

Protomartyr – ‘My Children(Relatives In Descent, Domino)

A thrilling cut from their latest album ‘Relatives In Descent’, this 100% ripper from Detroit post-punk outfit Protomartyr easily slots in as one of our favourites this year. Love that empowered vocal of frontman Joe Casey against that nails bass chug of Scott Davidson and jangling, spaghetti western guitar work from Greg Ahee.

Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me’ (Villains, Matador Records)

Another Queens Of The Stone Age album opener, another solid gold banger. There were some reservations when initial single ‘The Way You Used To Do’ was released, but this groovy stomper is up there with some of QOTSA’s finest.

Real Terms – ‘Lake Trasimene’ (Superstar Destroyer)

Real Terms will forever hold a special place in our heart, given its three members made up the bulk of the incredible Vasco Da Gama. On this gorgeous cut, the trio bring out some serious chilled jams, with a magic vocal from frontman John Crawford.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #1 – 10: From Alex Cameron to Trojan Horse

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view here, here, here, here and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Alex Cameron – ‘Stranger’s Kiss(Forced Witness, Secretly Canadian)

Arriving on the radar of many due to its video starring Jemima Kirke, this mega Springsteen-esque single from Alex Cameron is – on the face of it – a helluva heart-string-tugging duet with Angel Olsen. Somewhat of an anomaly at first, having stuck in there with it, Alex Cameron has become a sudden obsession for us. New record ‘Forced Witnessis full of these glittering, nostalgic pop songs with lyrics that’ll have you creasing.

Duds – ‘No Remark(Of A Nature Or Degree, Castle Face Records)

Though technically a Duds staple for a while now, previously appearing on 2016’s ‘Wet Reduction’ EP (as above), there’s no denying the sheer catchiness of the opener from their recent debut album. Swept up in the space of two minutes, it’s angular as you like and full of quirks, capturing this Mancunian post-punk outfit in all their glory.

TOPS – ‘Petals(Sugar At The Gate, Arbutus Records)

Perfect little throwback pop song right here. TOPS are a four-piece from out there in that Canada, with ‘Petals’ appearing on their third album Sugar At The Gate’. Vocalist Jane Penny puts in a proper shift, and it features the loveliest of guitar licks toward the finish.

Baxter Dury – ‘Miami(Prince Of Tears, Heavenly Recordings)

The opener from new album Prince Of Tears’, in ‘Miami’ we have an engrossing laundry list of boasts from a monstrous prick, cooked up in the imagination of one Baxter Dury. A genuinely brilliant piece of work and a fitting kick off for one of our favourite records released this year.

OCS – ‘Memory Of A Cut Off Head(Memory Of A Cut Off Head, Castle Face Records)

Dwyer at it again! Mere months on from the release of the chaotic ‘Orc’, Oh Sees changed their name back to former moniker OCS and pulled back on the mind-melting, turbo-charged assault they’ve been known for the past few releases for a slightly more calmer LP. The title track from their new record still has those little flourishes, but captures a more hushed sound from the California natives.

Trojan Horse – ‘How You Gonna Get By?(Fukushima Surfer Boys, This City Is Ours Records)

Opening up with the type of whistle you hear from the local milk man, ‘How You Gonna Get By?’ is a ludicrously infectious romp from Salford’s own Trojan Horse. Sounding like something cooked up in a glam kitchen about 40 years ago, it’s an absolute arse-shaker that gets better on each listen.

Liars – ‘Cred Woes (TFCF, Mute Records)

A spiralling adrenaline rush from Aussie outfit Liars, taken from their eighth studio album ‘TFCF. Catchy as all hell (in a fucked way), it’s liable to get under your skin immediately.

Ganglions – ‘Slow Lunch’ (Thirsty, Audacious Art Experiment)

Opener from latest EP ‘Thirsty’, the heart-swelling ‘Slow Lunch’ is a math-pop ripper from the brilliant Ganglions. Get at them dual vocals!

The Cribs – ‘Rainbow Ridge(24/7 Rock Star Shit, Sonic Blew)

With Albini on production duties, Wakefield trio The Cribs looked back to the recording approach they used in their youths on seventh album ‘24/7 Rock Star Shit’. It lead to a gnarly grunge-heavy record that produced a number of earworms, with ‘Rainbow Ridge’ being one of the finest.

FES – ‘Inside Out(Sleep Less, Rabbit Ear Records)

As featured on these very pages a few months back,Inside Out’ is a 100% math-pop gem from Peterborough trio FES. Featuring a wonderful vocal from guitarist/vocalist Polly Holland-Wing, that initial flourish has got feel-good written all over it.

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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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