Music is a huge part of what we do. It inspires and entertains, relaxes and energises. Gav is one of our in-house music geeks. Usually the first to arrive in the studio and the last to leave, he can be found in the editing cave with volume up and 'chans' playin'.
We asked him to take the time to share his top 5 albums of 2017. There's a good chance you'll be introduced to new artists and albums with this list. Or if you have your finger on the pulse too, then why not add your Top 5 in the comments? Over to you Gav...
Four Tet - New Energy
I love this wonderful man. Four Tet never disappoints and 'from the off' the singles were something pretty special. It's great music to relax too. I don't think this man will ever do any wrong.
Forest Swords - Compassion
Graphic Designer/Dance Show Director/Creative Nutjob Matthew Barnes' second studio album is amazing from start to finish. I always love tracks like 'Rattling Cage' and 'Thor's Stone', but this feels like a whole album of creeping classics. The artwork on the singles is awesome and there's some pretty great videos to go with it too.
King Krule - The OOZ
Archy Marshall's new album sounds like so many things and nothing else. It's a mad, Frankenstein of an album. Fusing all the types of music he loves into one giant beast and all held together with his amazing voice. I wish I could wail like that dude.
Mount Kimbie - Love what survives
Mount Kimbie have brought their pals along for this album and it's more fleshed out and accessible than anything before. Also the closest thing to getting new James Blake tunes this year. Which is nice.
Washed out - Mister Mellow
Might be a bit of an odd choice now but Washed Out was the sound of quite a few sunny days for me. Its warm, woozy and fills the need for trippy music in my life. If you missed it this summer then turn up the heaters, put on your shades and give it a blast. You might like it?
A top 5 is a pretty tough undertaking so heres another 10 that I've been bumping in the suite...
Corbin - Mourn - Spooky Black 's Bunker album. Such an amazing voice.
SZA - Ctrl - Top R&B Including one of ma top drunk party jamz "Go Gina"
!!! - Shake the Shudder - Top Electro Funk from the dude in Tiny shorts. Party chanz.
Sinjin Hawke - First Opus - The Vocal from the start of "Wolves" meets the Horns From "Chimes" for a whole album. As fantastic as it sounds
Siriusmo - Comic - Half the tracks are forgettable, the other half life changing
Run The Jewels - 3 - Top gym album and one of the best live shows this year.
Brainwaltzera - Poly-Ana - Aphex Twin's SAW 2 meets Boc "Music has the right..." . Great working background music.
Fever Ray - Plunge - ExKnife Member upping the Creep
Holden - The Animal Spirits -Tripped out Electro-Psych-Folk
Blaack Mass - World Eater - The Grossest live show ive ever seen but amazin, amazing music
Well there you have it. Our Gav's Top 5 Albums of 2017 and a few extras too. Are there any tracks and albums that you think Gav has missed? Let us know in the comments.
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