19 of the best albums from 2017 to create perfect summer playlist

It's been a great year for memorable albums and banger tracks. But which ones were the real standouts in a sea of big hits? 

The experts give their two cents on the matter.

Myf Warhurst

Double J doyenne

1. Sampha – Process

Sampha's voice has been heard on tracks for Solange, Kanye and Drake, and finally he got around to doing his own thing on his debut. This soul baring record walked away with the Mercury Music prize in the UK for best album of 2017 for good reason. Get on it.

2. Jay-Z – 4:44

The big man of rap is back, and he's coming to terms with his toughest subject yet – himself. On 4:44, he faces up to his past and owns up to previous bad boy cheating behaviour. This album takes rap to a deeply personal new level. Expect the imitators to follow.

3. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

The Philly band makes music that is brand new, but feels like you've heard before. Impeccably recorded, it's an album of long songs and glorious guitars in which to lose yourself.

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4. Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher

This is an extraordinary album written at a time when she was watching her partner, Courtney Barnett, take over the music world. A powerful and personal meditation on long-distance relationships, creative jealousy and politics.

5. St Vincent – Masseduction

St Vincent's intellectual and idiosyncratic approach finds a pop heart. But don't be fooled; the beautiful melodies belie the occasionally dark content. There is some sadness at the core of this record, which makes it even more intriguing.

Amy Shark

Our newest pop princess

1. The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

Singer Wil Wagner is a lyrical genius and one of the nicest humans you will meet.

2. Lana Del Ray – Lust for Life

The ultimate chill out album, so cruisy and clever.

3. Gang of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness

Deep, lyric heavy, meaningful and so 2017.

 

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4. Lorde – Melodrama

The Queen of New Zealand delivers again.

5. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

I saw him live at Splendour and have been addicted ever since.

Danny Rogers

Co-founder of Laneway Festival

1. Slowdive - Slowdrive

Beautiful subliminal music that takes me back to going to see Steve Wide DJ and him introducing us to artists like this. 21 years later, this new album is one to behold.

2. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

A very personal fave. Vince got my son into hip-hop and is the greatest example in contemporary American hip-hop to amalgamate off-kilter beats with acute rapping insights into a world moving so fast. Done with wit, social responsibility and modesty.

3. The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Just when the world seems to think guitars are redundant, bands like WOD hand in a classic masterpiece.

 

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4. Aldous Harding – Party

As unique, personal and downright oddly beautiful as anything you are likely to discover this year.

5. Jlin – Black Origami

Electronic music at its most perfectly crafted. Delivers a salute to footwork while building its own unique journey. A piece of music that goes from the subdued, to the inspirational, to the most confrontational sensory overload possible. Pure genius

KLLO

​Electro pioneers Chloe Klaus and Simon Lam

1. Four Tet – New Energy

The most consistent artist we know. He hasn't put out a bad record. It's nice to listen to this particular record because you can sense the ease in his writing process. We listen to this and feel like we can feel the fun Four Tet had whilst creating it.

2. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy

Got into the habit of listening to this every night when we'd get home. Perfect music to end your day.

3. Kelela – Take Me Apart

A huge inspiration. She creates such beautiful, technical melodies and harmonies that seem so effortless.

4. Kirkis – Vide

One of the most charismatic and innovative artists in Australia at the moment. He is very refreshing to watch and this album is a masterpiece.

5. SZA- CTRL

SZA has the voice of an angel and this album is fire. Full of quirks and relatable, unique lyrical content.

Check out the gallery above to see the list of 2017's best albums.