Best Of: Electronic in 2017, As Told By Luis Travels
Writing about music brings me the same frustration as explaining one of my favorite songs to a friend, which always ends the same: "alright, here. Just listen to it." As far as 2017 goes, most of my optimal listening time occurred while driving on the freeway between 11pm-3am (windows down, weather permitting.)
My goal here was to compile a few tracks reflecting on what this year in electronic music sounded like to me. Also, if you hear something you like, please explore the respective artist's discography in-depth as there is much more where these came from. (Please excuse my lack of ability to portray enthusiasm via writing. Just listen!)
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DJDS - BED YEEZY SEASON 5 ft. The Dream
The Dream covers a track he wrote back in 2007. Los Angeles-based duo DJDS work their magic over it. Nothing but love for our buds Jerome & Samo. Get familiar!
DJ Seinfeld - Too Late For U and M1
The Breakbeat. The Melody. The Vocals. The 303.
Kingdom - Down 4 Whatever ft. SZA
Fade to Mind shit. SZA's vocals wrap beautifully around these drum patterns.
Chicho 3000 - Focuss1
Chicho drums over a hook we all know and love. Just shy of a minute in length, this shit feels like it got ripped right off a mixtape.
DJDS - Trees On Fire ft. Amber Mark & Marco Mckinnis
Drums. Vocals. Arrangement. Amber Mark & Marco Mckinnis are also developing their own projects that are worth giving a listen to.
KH (Four Tet) - Question
A 7-ish minute infinite loop that feels like a 3 minute track. Don't fight the foot tapping!
Soulwax - Missing Wires
One of the strongest track intros of all time.
Daphni - Tin
Mariah Carey sample! Overdriven synth sequence! Daphni!
Jim-E Stack - Deadstream
Beautiful track accompanied by a beautiful Vine compilation. We miss you, Vine.
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Sinjin Hawke - "Cold Blood"
Bonobo - "Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)"
Washed Out - "Get Lost"
Jacques Greene - "You See All My Light"
Overmono - "Inulin"
Karizma - "Work It Out"