Kate's Top 10 Albums of 2017
At Distinction Music Management we realize that not everyone's music taste is 100% the same. Even with this realization you will probably notice that pretty much 99% of all end of year lists are pretty much identical. That's why we wanted to change it up and showcase what we consider each of our top albums of the year. We're not saying they're the best albums, but that they are our favorites and meant the most to us this past year, because who are we to judge one persons art over another's.
10. At What Cost - Goldlink
At this point my Spotify is mainly suggests hip hop, and artists like GoldLink are the reason why. If you need an album to help put a swagger in your step as you walk down the street, let the driving beats on this album propel you on your way.
9. Music From Before The Storm - Daughter
Whenever I feel like indulging in my emotions Daughter’s music is always a safe place to turn. Ethereal and haunting, Music From Before The Storm contains both the stripped down elements and orchestral notes that makes my heart sing/cry.
8. Memory of a Cut Off Head - OCS
My favorite bbs are back, and back to their old name. Since I can never have enough psych garage rock in my life, I welcome any iteration of the OCS with open arms.
7. #queerterror - Worshiprr
Local and lovely, Worshiprr’s music takes no prisoners and makes you feel just as dangerous. Hard-hitting and never failing to shy away from relevant socio-cultural topics, make sure to listen if you haven’t already.
6. City Music - Kevin Morby
Kevin Morby has been putting my thoughts into beautifully honest songs since his stints in bands like The Babies and Woods, so it comes as no surprise that his latest record would make my list. His music has always come off as something that so obviously needed to be made, but could only be made by the man himself.
5. The Ooz - King Krule
The voice, the instrumentation, the overall vibe. King Krule’s latest masters all of the elements that got under your skin in the first place.
4. Queen Elizabitch - CupcakKe
Catchy with a fuck-you attitude, CupcakKe’s album has those beats I’m a sucker for. Beyond that, the entire album is expertly executed and is all you need to take on anything or anyone.
3. Ctrl - SZA
SZA low key dominated 2017, and a even a quick listen to Ctrl explains why. It’s game over with her unflinchingly real lyrics coupled with her smooth as silk voice.
2. Scum Fuck Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
Being that “See You Again” ended up being my most listened to song on Spotify (s/o to Kali Uchis) it’s safe to say that I’ve listened to this album dozens of times since it was released in July. The entire album is dreamy and sentimental, while still retaining some of that classic mischief.
1. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
I don’t know if any album encapsulated 2017 as holistically as DAMN. Front to back and back to front, the album speaks for itself better than I ever could. I know there’s no way you slept on this one, so let’s all go listen to our favorite track.