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Listen to The Wire’s Top 50 Releases of 2017

December 2017

Listen to a selection of tracks from this year's top 50 releases of the year, as voted for by The Wire's contributors. You can read more about the artists featured in our chart, as well as those featured in the top 50 archive releases of the year, in The Wire 407.

Chino Amobi “Paradiso” 0:07:02
Richard Dawson “Ogre” 0:06:56
Klein “B2K” 0:03:27
Jlin “Holy Child” 0:04:04
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith “An Intention” 0:04:00
Jana Rush “No Fuks Given” 0:04:31
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society “Maroon Dune” 0:09:07
Pan Daijing “Practice Of Hygiene” 0:04:51
Jaimie Branch “Leaves Of Glass” 0:03:00
Circuit Des Yeux “Brainshift” 0:04:21
Actress “X22RME” 0:05:04
Nadah El Shazly “Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory)” 0:04:39
Félicia Atkinson “No Fear But Anticipation” 0:07:49
Bill Orcutt “The World Without Me” 0:04:01
Irreversible Entanglements “Fireworks” 0:09:22
Ellen Arkbro “For Organ & Brass” 0:20:08
Diamanda Galás “O Death” 0:10:55
Mhysa “Spectrum” 0:03:35
Children Of Alice “Rite Of The Maypole – An Unruly Procession” 0:06:48
Strange U “Bullet Proof Mustache” 0:04:06
Phew “Just A Familiar Face” 0:06:57
The Bug Vs Earth “Snakes Vs Rats” 0:05:00
Áine O’Dwyer “Underlight” 0:02:53
Juana Molina “Estalacticas” 0:04:52
Saicobab “Bx Ax Bx” 0:06:40
Golden Teacher “No Luscious Life” 0:08:09
Brooklyn Raga Massive “Cells 49–53 (Jhalla)” 0:04:55
Sote “Plural” 0:05:03
Laurel Halo “Do U Ever Happen” 0:05:14
Sarah Davachi “Chanter” 0:05:02
Circle “Terminal” 0:08:16
Nicole Mitchell “Egoes War” 0:07:36
Sadaf “Let It Burn” 0:03:51
Lee Gamble “Ignition Lockoff” 0:03:58
Aaron Dilloway “Karaoke With Cal” 0:06:13
Karen Gwyer “Yes, But I Didn't Know They Were Owls” 0:02:48
Once And Future Band “How Does It Make You Feel” 0:05:55
Gnod “Stick In The Wheel” 0:12:28
Pancrace ”B” 0:17:18
Roscoe Mitchell “EP 7849” 0:08:13
Carla dal Forno “The Garden” 0:03:25
Mahmoud Gania “Foulani” 0:09:42
Gosheven “Memory Failure” 0:03:55

1
Chino Amobi
Paradiso
(NON Worldwide/UNO NYC)

2
Richard Dawson
Peasant
(Weird World)

3
Klein
Tommy
(Hyperdub)

4
Jlin
Black Origami
(Planet Mu)

5
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid
(Western Vinyl)

6
Jana Rush
Pariah
(Objects Limited)

7
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Simultonality
(tak:til/Eremite)

8
Pan Daijing
Lack
(Pan)

9
Jaimie Branch
Fly Or Die
(International Anthem)

10
Circuit Des Yeux
Reaching For Indigo
(Drag City)

11
Actress
AZD
(Ninja Tune)

12
Nadah El Shazly
Ahwar
(Nawa)

13
Ryuichi Sakamoto
async
(Commmons/Milan)

14
Félicia Atkinson
Hand In Hand
(Shelter Press)

15
Bill Orcutt
Bill Orcutt
(Palilalia)

16
Irreversible Entanglements
Irreversible Entanglements
(International Anthem/Don Giovanni)

17
Ellen Arkbro
For Organ And Brass
(Subtext)

18
Tyler, The Creator
Flower Boy
(Columbia)

19
Diamanda Galás
All The Way
(Intravenal Sound Operations)

20
Mhysa
Fantasii
(Halcyon Veil)

21
Children Of Alice
Children Of Alice
(Warp)

22
Strange U
LP #4080
(High Focus)

23
Phew
Voice Hardcore
(BeReKeT)

24
The Bug Vs Earth
Concrete Desert
(Ninja Tune)

25
Áine O’Dwyer
Gallarais
(MIE Music)

26
Juana Molina
Halo
(Crammed Discs)

27
Saicobab
Sab Se Purani Bab
(Thrill Jockey)

28
Golden Teacher
No Luscious Life
(Golden Teacher)

29
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Terry Riley In C
(Northern Spy)

30
Sote
Sacred Horror In Design
(Opal Tapes)

31
Laurel Halo
Dust
(Hyperdub)

32
Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run
(Students Of Decay)

33
Akio Suzuki & John Butcher
Immediate Landscapes
(Ftarri)

34
Circle
Terminal
(Southern Lord)

35
Nicole Mitchell
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
(FPE)

36
Caterina Barbieri
Patterns Of Consciousness
(Important)

37
Sadaf
Shell
(Outside Insight)

38
Lee Gamble
Mnestic Pressure
(Hyperdub)

39
Aaron Dilloway
The Gag File
(Dais)

40
Karen Gwyer
Rembo
(Don’t Be Afraid)

41
Kendrick Lamar
Damn
(Top Dawg/Interscope)

42
Once And Future Band
Once And Future Band
(Castleface)

43
Gnod
Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
(Rocket)

44
Pancrace
Pancrace
(Penultimate Press)

45
Lil B
Black Ken
(Basedworld)

46
John Maus
Screen Memories
(Domino)

47
Roscoe Mitchell
Bells For The South Side
(ECM)

48
Carla dal Forno
The Garden
(Blackest Ever Black)

49
Mahmoud Gania
Colours Of The Night
(Hive Mind)

50
Gosheven
Leaper
(Opal Tapes)

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Richard Dawson was the easy to love musician of 2017.

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