Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2017

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2017

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50. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

These pop-forward moments are frontloaded on No Shape, extravagant and baroque. The soaring production value is not accompanied by conceptual upending or reinvention, but rather extends into a grand sort of sequel vision of Perfume Genius. 

49. Sun Araw - The Saddle of the Increate

Sun Araw - The Saddle of the Increate
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

47. Nmesh - Pharma

August 4, 2017
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
An album knee-deep in the realms of the sexual and the linguistic, made up of signals, signs, and samples whirled straightforward from the seethe and soil of the sea right onto the tongue.

46. Colleen - A flame my love, a frequency

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
Although the album expresses positive affect in the light of negative events, it delves so much deeper and wider than that worn cliché of a trajectory, inviting the listener into expanding and contracting gyres more ambiguous and more gorgeous in being thus.

45. Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

All of Bell Witch’s music is about death in one way or another, but Mirror Reaper represents a different kind of immersion with it.

44. Toiret Status - Nyoi Plunger

Toiret Status - Nyoi Plunger
October 22, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

42. Pharmakon - Contact

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

Contact is aggregated purge and celebration past the self, flesh seared back and stomp soldered to somnambulism.

41. Amnesia Scanner - AS TRUTH

Amnesia Scanner - AS TRUTH
February 2, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

39. Actress - AZD

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

A mix that is less concept-driven and less unified under a singular identity than previous releases. Made of chrome, it shimmers, reflects, and amplifies. But at times, it distorts its figure refracting the light, sabotaging its own form.

37. Pan Daijing - Lack 惊蛰

July 28, 2017
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

Its sounds are sparsely chosen, sometimes complementing each other, sometimes contradicting themselves, and always leaving us in a middle area between form and void.

36. Richard Dawson - Peasant

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

Peasant is Dawson’s most direct, nuanced, and haunting creation yet, a frayed tapestry of a community in peril, where each is left to their own struggles, their own prejudices, their own inflictions of cruelty from a universe that seems designed to rot us from within.

35. Woopheadclrms - Meeting Room + Rare Plants

Woopheadclrms - Meeting Room + Rare Plants
August 30, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

34. Giant Claw - Soft Channel

Giant Claw - Soft Channel
September 8, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

33. Konrad Sprenger - Stack Music

Konrad Sprenger - Stack Music
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

31. Young Thug - Beautiful Thugger Girls

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Beautiful Thugger Girls is a rap album, and a very good one at that. If genre descriptors are to have any meaning (their uselessness beyond broad, mutually-understood categorization notwithstanding), this is non-negotiable

30. Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

26. Various Artists - Club Chai Vol. 1

Various Artists - Club Chai Vol. 1
January 24, 2017
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

25. Slowdive - Slowdive

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

An album that sounds both expectantly familiar and not exactly like any of their previous releases. The songwriting on Slowdive is strong, as if the best ideas they’ve had over the last 22 years were held back for this release ... condensing some of the most compelling aspects of their catalog into a cohesive whole.

22. Jlin - Black Origami

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
The long-fermented grammar of life articulated in footwork reincarnates on Jlin’s latest record as pure, intelligent substance, imbibed and outwardly projected to cultivate a deep nod of xenolalia: the divine, unaccountable performance of a language that the speaker has never formally acquired.

21. Björk - Utopia

November 24, 2017
Critic Score
77
31 reviews

Utopia is not elsewhere / It’s here

20. M.E.S.H. - Hesaitix

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

19. Chief Keef - Thot Breaker

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

While Keef’s projects resist comparison to one another (to say nothing of speculation about where he might go next), Thot Breaker is by far the latter-day effort that most neatly fits our expectation of what constitutes an album release in 2017. Through that framework, it’s exceptional, a cohesive and thrilling work that is the year’s most complete rap project.

18. Gas - Narkopop

April 21, 2017
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

It’s refreshing in an era that loves to mythologize and package our legends to experience something as resistant to shape as GAS. Without making any grand, lofty statements, Narkopop lets its presence become felt nonetheless, mining the same fascinating textures that made the project seemingly eternal (and internal) to begin with.

17. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
15 reviews

16. DJ Escrow - Universal Soulja Vol.1

DJ Escrow - Universal Soulja Vol.1
June 22, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

14. Milo - Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!

August 11, 2017
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

This is the crux of the album’s difficulty: it feels personal and scans as though it should be, but time and time again, it leaves me not quite sure whether I know a single thing about milo, the person.

12. Various Artists - Mono No Aware

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

Overall, mono no aware reveals a careful celebration of ambient form while remaining insistently open and forward-looking.

10. Mhysa - fantasii

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

8. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
32 reviews

Melodrama overwhelms me. It reaches me at that weird and fragile center. The part of me I consider irreconcilable.

7. Laurel Halo - Dust

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
Like Arthur Russell, this is pop music as experiment, a meshing together of approaches and traditions, a playful mixture of tone poems, percussive excursions, and off-kilter melody. It feels liberatory, easy.

6. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
32 reviews

Three months in, DAMN. feels like our first Trump-era classic. It’s as bold and as hard and as hopeful as it is bursting with vitriol. It’s as distracting as it is inciting. It’s as cohesive as it is dense.

5. Klein - Tommy

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

4. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

It’s tempting, too easy, to slide Number 1 Angel in as an inevitable Charli release, impossible accessible, unable to hear too much of — the pop for us, the pop wanting itself.

3. Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

Arca presents its artist as an icon and publicly visible figure, no longer obscured or represented by Jesse Kanda’s avatars.

2. Yves Tumor - Experiencing the Deposit of Faith

September 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

Whereas the wraith-like Serpent Music was a portraiture of disparate moods, Experiencing the Deposit of Faith clarifies amid the blurring of sound and noise the place from which they resound: the liminal subject of baptism, the one who cries in the wilderness, between life and death.

1. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
16 reviews
The specifics of its sounds and details of its creation feel as irrelevant and unimportant as any “review” of it (which is why the rating above means absolutely nothing). This isn’t just an album about death. It’s an album that lives death.
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