Quarter Two 2017

My favorite thing to watch this quarter were the comeback acts who has spent a decade or more in silence. The most important one to me was Wolfgang Voigt, who put out a new album Narkopop under his legendary project Gas for the first time since 2001; the fact the title riffed off his last album, the ambient-techno classic Pop, made things even more exciting. Techno also saw both a new Porter Ricks album and a new Dopplereffekt full-length for the first time in 18 years.

On to the rock side of things: Slowdive’s return isn’t so surprising given their festival appearances in the past few years, but not since their peers My Bloody Valentine has a giant from a previous generation delivered like their new self-titled album. (There’s also a Ride comeback but, uh, next.) For anyone keeping with Japan’s rock music, Cornelius is back with a new album, Mellow Waves, his first since 2002. And yo, any country heads excited for the new Shania Twain album, her first since 2002’s Up?

Here’s list of my favorite albums and singles that I heard during quarter two, April to June. Some Q1 releases are here because I got to them late. If you want to check out my overall favorite albums of the first half the year, there’s a list for that too.

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Albums

  • Actress — AZD
  • Amber Coffman — City of No Reply
  • Aye Nako — Silver Haze
  • BFlecha — Kwalia
  • Charlie Bliss — Guppy
  • Colin Stetson — All This I Do for Glory
  • DJ Quik & Problem — Rosecrans
  • Feist — Pleasure
  • Gas — Narkopop
  • Geotic — Absyma
  • Hey Violet — From the Outside
  • Jlin — Black Origami
  • Jonny Nash — Eden
  • Kayoko Yoshizawa — Yaneura Ju
  • Kodak Black — Painting Pictures
  • Mary J Blige — Strength of a Woman
  • Paramore — After Laughter
  • Playboi Carti — Playboi Carti
  • Ricardo Villalobos — Empirical House
  • Road Hog — Haul Ass
  • Sam Outlaw — Tenderheart
  • Satellite Young — Satellite Young
  • Seiko Oomori — kitixxxgaia
  • Slowdive — Slowdive
  • Sorority Noise — You’re Not as ___ as You Think
  • Tei Shi — Crawling Space
  • various artists — Mono no Aware

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Songs

  • BiS — “gives”
  • Blanck Mass — “Rhesus Negative”
  • Dadaray — “Woman Woman”
  • DIA — “Will You Go Out with Me”
  • Dreamcatcher — “Good Night”
  • EXID — “Night Rather Than Day”
  • Gas — “Narkopop 2”
  • GFriend — “Fingertip”
  • Hey Violet — “Break My Heart”
  • Ibibio Sound Machine — “Give Me a Reason”
  • IU — “Palette” ft. G-Dragon
  • Juana Molina — “Cosoco”
  • Lil Uzi Vert — “XO Tour Llif3”
  • Lovelyz — “Now, We”
  • Mondo Grosso — “Labyrinth”
  • Mura Masa — “1 Night” ft. Charli XCX
  • Nite Jewel — “2 Good 2 Be True”
  • Quelle Chris — “Buddies”
  • Perfume Genius — “No Shape”
  • Playboi Carti — “Magnolia”
  • Satellite Young — “Don’t Graduate, Senpai!”
  • Seiko Oomori — “Dogma Magma”
  • Shakira — “Me Enamore”
  • Terrence Dixon — “Confusion of Another Kind”
  • Triple H — “365 Fresh”
  • WJSN — “Miracle”
  • Yaeji — “Feel It Out”
  • Yuu Kikkawa — “Sayonara Standard”

 

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Bonus: Non-2017 Albums

  • Akina Nakamori — Bitter and Sweet (1985)
  • Asako Toki — Bittersweet (2015)
  • Big Tymers — How You Luv That, Vol. 2 (1998)
  • Blanck Mass — Dumb Flesh (2015)
  • Boris — Heavy Rocks (2002)
  • Boris — Akuma no Uta (2004)
  • Charisma.com — Aidoro C (2016)
  • Compton’s Most Wanted — Music to Driveby (1992)
  • Do or Die — Picture This (1996)
  • The Egyptian Lover — On the Nile (1984)
  • Gang Parade — Barely Last (2016)
  • Gary Numan — The Pleasure Principle (1978)
  • Hitomi Toi — The Memory Hotel (2015)
  • IU — Chat-Shire (2015)
  • Juanes — Mi Sangre (2004)
  • Kinky — Kinky (2002)
  • LL Cool J — Radio (1984)
  • Master P — Ghetto D (1997)
  • Prurient — Bermuda Strain (2011)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto — Beauty (1989)
  • Seiko Oomori — Tokyo Black Hole (2016)
  • Sugababes — Angels with Dirty Faces (2002)
  • Tommy February6 — Tommy February6 (2002)
  • Tommy February6 — Tommy Airlines (2004)

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