2017 has certainly been a landmark year, hasn’t it. Generation X, the Jilted Generation, Millenials, Gen-Z; call us what you will, but we’ve never seen times quite like these.
If you follow Skin Back Alley you will likely have noticed that things have been quieter than usual round here of late, as global events and personal circumstances have conspired to keep me away from writing about music.
The irony is, of course, that I, like you, have never found music to be more necessary, more vital, more able to help me navigate the state of the world today.
2017 has provided an embarrassment of riches when it comes to incredible new music, and below you’ll be able to find the 150 releases that Skin Back Alley judges to be the best of the last 12 months.
“150 albums?” you say. Absolutely. Whilst the selections featured here may not all be considered canonical classics in 10 years time, they are absolutely worthy of your ears. Given the amount of new music available to us all today, anything less than 150 selections felt like it would be cheating.
Take a look. Please take a listen. I hope that you’ll find a new album to love among the choices. Of course, please also let me know of your favourite releases of the year and those albums that you feel might have got away from me. I’m always open to hearing more wondrous music.
So, without further delay…
100. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Ambient Black Magic
Listen at: Spotify
Hospital Productions: hospitalproductions.net/ambientblackmagic
Fact Mag: factmag.com/rainforest-spiritual-enslavement