Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here.


20.

Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’


It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the one I keep coming back to though. At her debut gig in London earlier this year, the crowd sang the chorus to this track prompting a flabbergasted Rogers to lose her momentum and train of thought. It was a cute moment but it was rooted in recognition of the song being a cracker that resonated more than she expected.


19.

Stormzy – ‘Cold’


Grime 2017 belongs to Stormzy. ‘Cold’ is a standout on Gang Signs & Prayers and it’s the stabbing sinogrime beat and Stormzy’s energy that keeps this on repeat. It has grime’s first wave sound exemplified by Roll Deep in its DNA.


18.

Aldous Harding – ‘Horizon’

The most intense song of 2017 so far? The New Zealand artist’s debut was heralded by this sustained note torch song and its live performances only heightened its inherent drama.


17.

Overcoats – ‘Leave The Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts out, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony synergy with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ is indicative of the urgency they have brought to their craft.


16.

SZA -‘Drew Barrymore’


A surprise, long overdue release from SZA, who spent years shining through guest features and once-off releases, and comes up trumps with CTRL, an album of conflicted lust, intimacy, self-worth and self-esteem issues. ‘Drew Barrymore’ is an easy in to the album as a whole, with SZA confronted with her ex-partner’s new girl and sees her insecurities and flaws back at her – ‘I’m sorry I’m not more attractive / I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.” The chorus is both empowering and insecure at the same time.


15.

Dermot Kennedy – ‘Glory’


One of those songs which stops you in your tracks. Irishman Kennedy’s ‘Glory’ grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo with production alchemy. A headturner.


14.

The xx – ‘Dangerous’

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A highlight from the xx’s third album, that also works well while DJing. ‘Dangerous’ is I See You‘s opening track and embraces the textured sampled approach that Jamie xx utilised on solo album In Colour. ‘Dangerous’ arrives with sampled horns, percussive beats and an immediacy that ushers the xx mk III.


13.

Vince Staples – ‘Yeah Right’


‘Yeah Right’, from Staples second album Big Fish Theory encapsulates how different this album is and how much of a sonic weapon Staples has deployed throughout. Producer Sophie’s clattering fizzling metallic production is like a vehicular juggernaut with some distorted bass tones, Kilo Kish provides otherworldy vocals and Kendrick Lamar kills the whole thing in a verse.


12.

Run The Jewels – ‘Call Ticketron’

The sickest beat on RTJ3. ‘Call Ticketron’ is a 21st century take on ‘It Takes Two,’ a thrill ride with El-P and Killer Mike.


11.

Daphni – ‘Tin’

‘Tin’ is a euphoric reminder from Daphni’s upcoming Fabriclive mix of how good Dan Snaith aka Caribou is at creating warm and resonating dance music.


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Posted on July 5th, 2017

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1.

Code Walk feat. Smerz – ‘Guess What’

Copenhagen-based dudes Code Walk teamed up with Norwegian vocalists/ production gals Smerz on their new single (creators of this jam) on the percussive and hypnotic ‘Guess What’. It’s out next Friday officially.


2.

Mixhell & Joe Goddard – ‘Crocodile Boots’ (Soulwax remix)

Mixhell are a Brazilian electro duo Iggor Cavalera and Laima Leyton, who recently teamed up with Mutado Pintado (Paranoid London) and Joe Goddard on the Crocodile Boots EP after some jam sessions post-DJing in 2015. Now Soulwax have remixed the track which was recently trailed in their Beats 1 2×2 show, and comes on a remix package alongside Goddard and Party Nails.

It’s a banger that has that recent Deewee magic and comes with a video directed by Mutado Pintado:

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3.

Darkdark – ‘Restless’ feat. Haley Bonar

A sweet new electro-pop collaboration between an LA/Austin production duo and singer-songwriter Bonar.


4.

Jambinai – ‘Connection’

The South Korean band Jambinai came to my attention when they played Body&Soul festival last year. Their music is post-rock, avant-garde and neo-classical drawing on traditional Korean instruments like the haegeum, the piri and the geomungo.

Last year, they signed a deal with Bella Union and released their second album A Hermitage and on 24th February, Bell Union will reissue the band’s debut Differance for the first time outside of South Korea.

‘Connection’ one of the songs from it, clocks in and nearly 10 minutes and is a slow and moving piece of instrumental music.


5.

Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’

Hotly-tipped 22-year-old singer, producer and musician Maggie Rogers has dropped a third song from her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading. After ‘Alaska’ and ‘Dog Years’, it suggests Rogers’ Pharrell-approved ascension will be fruitful, ‘On + Off’ is classy modern pop music written by Rogers and co-produced by herself, Nick Das and Doug Schadt.

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6.

Jynx – ‘Ember’

London duo Jynx dropped a new EP Saffron City today showcasing the electronic R&B pop style that has seen them pick up support all over blogs and radio heads like Annie Mac and Mista Jam and previous EP tracks featured on The Magician’s Magic Tape 66. ‘Ember’ is the EP standout though.


7.

Arcade Fire – ‘I Give You Power’ feat. Mavis Staples

As was rumoured this week, Arcade Fire just dropped a brand new song to coincide with today’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States Of America. The song ‘I Give You Power’ features vocals from Mavis Staples. It’s built on a menacing voodoo-doll rhythm with the words “I give you power / I can take it away.”

“It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other,” the said, saying that all proceeds from the song go towards the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s likely a once off song but it’s unclear if it features on an upcoming album.

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Hotly-tipped 22-year-old singer, producer and musician Maggie Rogers has dropped a third song from her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading.

‘On + Off’ was first premiered last night as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record.

After ‘Alaska’ and ‘Dog Years’, it suggests Rogers’ Pharrell-approved ascension will be fruitful, ‘On + Off’ is classy modern pop music written by Rogers and co-produced by herself, Nick Das and Doug Schadt.

Rogers will perform ‘Alaska’ when she makes her US television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 15th. She’s on a live tour of Europe and the US with many of the dates sold out, as per below.

Her two Zia Anger-directed videos are sweet:

17/01 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge SOLD OUT
18/01 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar SOLD OUT
21/01 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement SOLD OUT
23/01 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground – Ballroom
24/01 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
25/01 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
23/02 – AB Club, Brussels
24/02 – Point Ephemere, Paris
27/02 – Omeara London SOLD OUT
28/02 – Omeara, London SOLD OUT
02/03 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam SOLD OUT
03/03 – by:Larm Festival, Oslo
05/03 – Yuca, Cologne SOLD OUT
06/03 – Frannz Club, Berlin SOLD OUT
08/03 – DR Concert House Studio 3, Copenhagen SOLD OUT
09/03 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm
20/03 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic SOLD OUT
21/03 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour SOLD OUT
24/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop SOLD OUT
26/03 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door SOLD OUT
27/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge SOLD OUT
30/03 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge SOLD OUT
01/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock SOLD OUT
02/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall SOLD OUT
04/04 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club SOLD OUT
05/04 – Montreal, QC – Salla Rosa SOLD OUT
07/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore SOLD OUT
08/04 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall SOLD OUT
10/04 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair SOLD OUT
11/04 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
12/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg NEW DATE

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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