With 2017 firmly in the rear-view mirror (though it may appear closer than it is), it’s time to look forward to what 2018 has in store for us. Catch up on last year’s best and brightest with our definitive list of the best albums of 2017, then read on…
Violet look like a band. People say a band’s look shouldn’t get in the way of their music. Well, sometimes you see a picture of a new four-piece band and just see two teachers, an I.T Consultant and an office manager staring out at you. Violet look like all they can do is be in a band and blow your world apart. It helps that their first release, ‘Feel‘ is phenomenally exciting. It’s indie too. Proper indddddeh. Proper baggy an’ all. It’s the best song the 90’s never produced made by a group of lads who may or not have even been born in that decade. Echoes of Suede, My Bloody Valentine and Blur (particularly the gloriously upbeat melody), swirl into your eardrums, among some of the most dream-like, reverb-soaked guitar sounds this side of a David Lynch soundtrack.
“I just wanna make you feel”, the Brum-based band sing, and that they do – fuzzy, drunken, happy feelings at that. Violet have no right to have their first release be so beautifully realised, but praise to Jebus that they are.
FOR FANS OF: Ride, The Horrors, Echo and the Bunnymen
Debut single ‘Feel’ is now available on all major music streaming platforms.
Photo by Jodie Canwell
2) Youth Sector
Brighton based bass-rumblers Youth Sector are another band that have just the one official release, and like Violet, it too is an indie based stormer. Whereas Violet take inspiration from floral-shirted shoe-gazers, Youth Sector look back towards Talking Heads, Devo and at times on debut single ‘Dig It and Repeat’ The Fall, but The Fall on a sunny day when they’ve decided that modern life isn’t quite so rubbish.
It swaggers in on a motorick drum beat and the most tremendous sound effect I’ve heard since the siren that introduces The Sweet’s ‘Blockbuster’ (don’t even pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about). Honestly, it sounds like a theremin fighting a Casio calculator, and for that alone you should love this band.
The chorus is a rabble rouser, destined to soundtrack drunken student clubs long into the year, and it also contains the glorious lyric ‘What does it mean when all the cows are lying on their backs?’. A question that has not been asked enough in pop music as far as I’m concerned.
What’s it all about? Gawd only knows, but along with Violet, Youth Sector could be a big part of a scene that’s making guitar music genuinely interesting again. Huzzah!
FOR FANS OF: Parquet Courts, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes
‘Dig It And Repeat’ is available on all streaming platforms now.
3) Ms. Banks
Nicki Minaj describes her as her favourite rapper, she’s worked with JME and Stormzy, and 2018 is going to be HER year. London’s very own Ms. Banksreleased six incredibly diverse singles last year, beginning with the eastern-tinged grime of ‘Get Loose’ and ending with a skeletal r’n’b future classic ‘Bangs’. In between we had the jaw dropping dirty synths of ‘OMG’ which really should have prompted her to super-stardom immediately, but 2017 was too busy nodding off to Ed Sheeran. Let’s try not to do that again, shall we?
Taking her cues from artists as diverse as Ms. Dynamite and Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Banks is exhilaratingly unique, walking the line between commercial and experimental without veering too far into either territory. Lyrically bad-ass, she raps with a confidence that stands her worlds apart from her earlier grime contemporaries. In short, this girl has got it. Now go get it too.
FOR FANS OF: SZA, Missy Elliot, Solange
All of Ms. Banks singles are available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
David writes, DJs with The House That Jack Built, and sometimes appears in comedy sketches; he loves bacon rolls, kind people, and John Candy.