Electronic Sound’s Albums Of The Year 2017

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

As we hit that dull bit between Christmas and the New Year, Electronic Sound adds a much needed burst of excitement by unveiling our Albums Of The Year.

Each year it seems to be getting increasingly difficult to narrow down the amazing music we bang on about into one list, but it here it is for 2017. Here’s to an action-packed 2018.

1. The Caulfield Beats ‘New Acid’ (TCB303)

As the title suggests, acid house is at its core from start to finish. There’s a rawness and simplicity at play here, a sense of reveling in the bubbling electronics and strutting rhythms that points directly to the deviant proto-techno of Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey and Psychic TV.

2. Hannah Peel ‘Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia’ (My Own Pleasure)

Uniting brass band Tubular Brass with her own troop of analogue synths, ‘Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia’ is an intergalactic love letter to the likes of Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram. hannahpeel.com

3. Various Artists ‘Noise Reduction System’ (Cherry Red)

Following ‘Close To The Noise Floor’, 2016’s exhaustive trawl through Britain’s post-punk DIY electronic underground, Cherry Red cast their forensic gaze to parallel goings-on in Europe, emerging with a frequently astonishing parade of epic early electro, synthpop, industrial and avant-noise. cherryred.com

4. Floating Points ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ (Pluto)

Despite debut ‘Elaenia’ seeming just about perfectly-executed, the formation of a band around Sam Shepherd has the effect of broadening his vision and, on the strength of this follow-up, has allowed ample space to grow once again. floatingpoints.co.uk

5. Blanck Mass ‘World Eater’ (Sacred Bones)

A search in the dark for the unexpected, unintended, often gets the best results. ‘World Eater’, is an intense, apocalyptic record that sounds like little else. blanckmass.co.uk

6. Mary Epworth ‘Elytral’ (Sunday Best)

‘Elytral’ is a fluid affair, traversing effortlessly between delicate ethereal atmospheres, thrillingly unpredictable mechanistic layers, thudding beats and unrestrained electronic wildness. maryepworth.com

7. Radiophonic Workshop ‘Burials In Several Earths’ (Room 13)

It’s gratifying that these musicians can now be appreciated for their music alone, and not just their contributions to TV and radio soundtracks. The best part? ‘Burials In Several Earths’ is some of the finest music they’ve ever made. theradiophonicworkshop.co.uk

8. Blancmange ‘Unfurnished Rooms’ (Blanc Check)

In short, it is a weighty, honest, significant piece of resolutely British, observational electronic pop music. Surely the high point of Neil Arthur’s remarkably fertile purple patch. blancmange.co.uk

9. Snapped Ankles ‘Come Play The Trees’ (The Leaf Label)

On their sublime debut, you hear the group proffering buzzing drones, the kind of ritualistic psychedelia that future pagans will whirl round sacrificial bonfires to, David Bowie jamming with Neu! snappedankles.com

10. Warm Digits ‘Wireless World’ (Memphis Industries)

All 12 snappy tracks captivate. It’s an absolute best-of-British belter. Aye, it’s a canny one this. warmdigits.co.uk

11. Soulwax ‘From Deewee’ (PIAS)
12. Fujiya & Miyagi ‘Fujiya & Miyagi’ (Impossible Objects Of Desire)
13. Fader ‘First Light’ (Blanc Check)
14. OMD ‘Punishment Of Luxury’ (100%)
15. Dave Clarke ‘The Desecration Of Desire’ (Skint)
16. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ‘The Kid’ (Western Vinyl)
17. !!! ‘Shake The Shudder’ (Warp)
18. Hex Void ‘Deathcount In Silicon Valley’ (Burning Witches)
19. Stefan Bachmeier ‘Anomaly On Meadow Lane’ (Spun Out Of Control)
20. James Holden & The Animal Spirits ‘The Animal Spirits’ (Border Community)
21. Lone Taxidermist ‘Trifle’ (Memetune)
22. Scanner ‘Fibolae’ (Pomperipossa)
23. I Speak Machine ‘Zombies’ (Lex)
24. Steve Cobby ‘Hemidemisemiquaver’ (Declasse)
25. Gnoomes ‘Tschak!’ (Rocket)
26. Nathan Fake ‘Providence’ (Ninja Tune)
27. The Belbury Circle ‘Outward Journeys’ (Ghost Box)
28. Saint Etienne ‘Home Counties’ (Heavenly)
29. L Pierre ‘1948-’ (Melodic)
30. Jane Weaver ‘Modern Kosmology’ (Fire)

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