2017 roundup: Top 50 albums

2017 roundup: Top 50 albums

Bant Mag. team sits down on a round table every year for the heated debates on which albums to highlight. We have also put our heads together with a number of musicians, writers, DJs and promoters for this year’s evaluation. With a number of beauties inevitably left out, here’s 2017’s top album picks!

Evaulated by Bant Mag. team, Mersenne / Undomondo, Haluk Damar, Berk Çakmakçı, Zülal Kalkandelen, Tayfun Polat, Kaan Akay, Yiğit Atılgan, Deniz Cuylan, Işıl Kılkış

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50 Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey 
(Jazz Village)
“Little Sparrow”

 

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 49 Pessimist – Pessimist
(Blackest Ever Black)
“Grit”

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48 Drab Majesty – The Demonstration  
(Dais Records)
“Cold Souls”Image47 Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
(P.W. Elvrum & Sun, Ltd.)
“Emptiness, Pt. 2”

 

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46 Ex-Eye – Ex-Eye
(Relapse Records)

“Xenolith; The Anvil”

 

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45 Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
(Mexican Summer)
“Another Weekend”

 

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44 Zombie Zombie – Livity
(Versatile Records)
“Livity”

 

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43 Morrissey – Low in High School 
(BMG / Etienne)
“Spent The Day In The Bed”

 

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42 Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
(Smalltown Supersound)
“Lucid”

 

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41 Tamikrest – Kidal
(Glitterbeat)
“War Tila Eridaran”

 

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40 Liima – 1982
(City Slang)
“1982”

 

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39 Mario Batkovic – Mario Batkovic 
(Invada Records)
“Semper”

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38 Jlin – Black Origami
(Planet Mu)
“Holy Child”

 

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37 Ty Segall – Ty Segall   
(Drag City)
“Break A Guitar”

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36 Actress – AZD 
(Ninja Tune)                                                    
“DANCING IN THE SMOKE”

 

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35 Fever Ray – Plunge
(Rabid Records)
“An Itch”

 

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34 Tinariwen – Elwan
(Anti-)
“Sastanàqqàm”

 

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33 Talamanca System – Talamanca System  
(International Feel Recordings)
“Ocean Grill”

 

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32 Thundercat – Drunk
(Brainfeeder)
“Tokyo”

 

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31 Algiers – The Underside of Power
(Matador Records)
“Walk Like A Panther”

 

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30 Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
(Sub Pop) 
“When Cats Claw”

 

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29 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East
(ATO Records)
“Rolling Stoned”

 

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28 Bing & Ruth – No Home Of The Mind
(4AD)
“The How of it Sped”

 

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27 Forest Swords – Compassion
(Ninja Tune)
“Vandalism”

 

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26 Bibio – Phantom Brickworks
(Warp)
“CAPEL CELYN”

 

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25 Eric Copeland – Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect
(L.I.E.S.)
“Qualified”

 

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24 Godflesh – Post Self
(Avalanche Recordings)

“Mortality Sorrow”

 

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23 Bicep – Bicep 
(Ninja Tune)
“Glue”

 

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22 Slowdive – Slowdive
(Dead Oceans)
“Falling Ashes”

 

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21 Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
(RCA)
“Mourning Sounds”

 

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20 Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2
(Sacred Bones)
“Sevens”

 

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19 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
(Western Vinyl Records)
“An Intention”

 

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18 The Bug vs Earth – Snakes vs Rats 
(Ninja Tune)
“Don’t Walk These Streets”

 

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17 Gnod – Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
(Rocket Recordings)
“Bodies for Money”

 

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16 Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion
(Because Music)
”Bofou Safou”

 

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15 Liars – TFCF
(Mute)
“Staring At Zero”

 

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14 Arca – s/t
(XL Recordings)
“Piel”

 

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13 Björk – Utopia
(One Little Indian)
“The Gate”

 

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12 Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
(Domino)
“Don’t Go To Anacita”

 

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11 Colin Stetson – All I Do Is For Glory
(52 Hz)
“Spindrift”

 

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10 Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
(Fire Records)
“Did You See Butterflies?”

 

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9 LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
(DFA / Columbia)
“Call The Police”

 

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8 Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
(Top Dawg Entertainment)
”DNA.”

 

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7 King Krule – The Ooz
(True Panther Sounds)
“Dum Surfer”

 

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6 Kelela – Take Me Apart
(Warp)
“LMK”

 

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5 Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
(Warp)
“Four Years and One Day”

 

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4 Juana Molina – Halo
(Crammed Discs)
“Paraguaya”

 

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Illustration by Gizem Tatar

3 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
(ATO Records / Heavenly)
“Rattlesnake”

 

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Illustration by Ethem Onur Bilgiç

2 Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone      
(Real World Records)
“I Play the Kora”

 

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Illustration by Naz Tansel

1 James Holden and The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits
(Border Community)
”Each Moment Like The First”

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