ASTRALWERKS RECORDS STAFF PICKS 2017

12.20.2017

We want to say a quick thank-you for your support through this year, whether you’re a new fan in 2017 or have been with us since the start in 1993. Below you’ll find the favorite music our staff listened to in 2017, and you can find a selection of the songs via this Spotify playlist.

Astralwerks had the privilege of releasing some amazing music this year and saw the continued rise of Halsey including the release of her #1 record hopeless fountain kingdom & a headlining arena tour! We celebrated our 24th anniversary as a label and are looking forward to the 25th anniversary coming up in 2018. You can now find us as an official curator on Apple Music. We reissued 4 Brian Eno classic on vinyl – Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World and Before and After Science, as well as The Kooks timeless first and second albums, Inside In/Inside Out and Konk.

Astralwerks wishes you a very happy & healthy holiday season! Enjoy our picks and we hope you discover some new music from these lists!

Mark M.

Top 10 Albums
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
The National – Sleep Well Beast
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Slowdive – Slowdive
Hurray For the Riff Raff – The Navigator
Talos – Wild Alee
Elbow – Little Fictions
Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
The Creases – Tremolow

Top 5 Songs
Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
Superorganism – Something for your M.I.N.D.
Mura Masa – Love$ick (feat A$AP Rocky) [Four Tet Remix]
Albert Salt – Glass Plains
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Living in the City

Veronica S.

Top 10 Albums
The National – Sleep Well Beast
The xx – I See You
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
Tegan & Sara – The Con X Covers
War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Talos – Wild Alee
Haim – Something To Tell You
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Turnover – Good Nature

Top 5 Songs
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
Drake – Passionfruit
Halsey – Now or Never
The National – Dark Side of the Gym
Chainsmokers – Paris

Devin K.

Top 20 Albums (this year was too good for just 10)
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Elbow – Little Fictions
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Black Angels – Death Song
Slowdive – Slowdive
Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
The xx – I See You
Jay Som – Everybody Works
Jeremy Enigk – Ghosts
Run The Jewels – 3
Girlpool – Powerplant
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
R I T U A L – No Escape Out of Time
Ride – Weather Diaries
London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing
Kindling – Hush

Ryan M.

Top 10 Albums
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
Illenium – Awake
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
Queens of the Stone Age – Villians
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Brand New – Science Fiction
Khalid – American Teen
Kendrick Lamar – Damn.

Top 9 Songs
Post Malone – rockstar
Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Julia Michaels – Issues
P!nk – What About Us
Camelphat – Cola
Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
Smokepurpp – Audi.
NF – Let You Down
Kendrick Lamar – Humble.

Mackenzie R.

Top 10 Albums
Haim – Something To Tell You
Khalid – American Teen
John Mayer – The Search for Everything
Electric Guest – Plural
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading EP
Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero
The Aces – I Don’t Like Being Honest EP

Top 5 Songs
Electric Guest – Oh Devil
Haim – Something To Tell You
Dua Lipa – Be The One
Miguel & Travis Scott – Skywalker
The War On Drugs – Nothing To Find

Laura Z.

Top 10 Albums
Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Vince staples – Big Fish Theory
The xx – I See You
SZA – Ctrl
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Migos – Culture
Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
Daniel Caesar – Freudian

Top 5 Songs
Mount Kimbie – We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake) 
Harry Styles – Meet Me In The Hallway 
Frank Ocean – Chanel 
Everything Is Recorded – Mountains of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki, & Kamasi Washington)
Drake – Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith) 

Meredith G.

Top 10 Songs
Fever Ray – To The Moon and Back
The xx – SeeSaw (ft. Romy)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm
Charli XCX – Boys
Halsey – Strangers (ft. Lauren Jauregui)
Lorde – Supercut
RuPaul – Call Me Mother (ft. KUMMERSPECK)
Poppy– Bleach Blonde Baby
Kesha – Praying

Josh K.

Top 5 Albums
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Gorillaz – Humanz
Barns Courtney – The Attractions of Youth
Jamiroquai – Automaton
RAT BOY – SCUM

Top 10 Songs
Gorillaz feat. Peven Everett – Strobelite
The Big Moon – Sucker
Findlay – Waste My Time
Charli XCX feat. Uffie – Babygirl
Joe Goddard – Music Is The Answer
DYGL – Come Together
Mondo Grosso feat. Hikari Mitsushima – ラビリンス
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses
Chase & Status and Blossoms – This Moment
Club de Lay – Halo

Scott B.

Top 10 Albums
Mabrak – Drum Talk
Idris Rahman, Leon Brichard, Emre Ramazanoglu, Yahael Camara-Onono– Ill Considered
ELWD – All Good Things
V/A – Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Dodecahedron – kwintessens
Suffering Hour – In Passing Ascension

Top 10 Songs
Elder – Sanctuary
Chelsea Wolfe – 16 Psyche
Falls of Rauros – White Granite
Hark – Son of Pythagoras
Protomartyr – My Children
Queens of the Stone Age – The Evil Has Landed
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Pt.4
Wand – Bee Karma
Quelle Chris – Buddies
Thundercat – Show You the Way

Adam S.

Top 11 Albums (mine goes to 11, for that extra uumph):
Tony Allen – The Source
Thee Oh Sees – Orc
Ho99o9 – United States of Horror
10000 Russos – Distress Distress
Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria
Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
Ty Segall – Ty Segall
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Meatbodies – Alice

Top 5 Songs
Estrambote – La Gitana
Cabbage – Terrorist Synthesizer
Goat Girl – Scum
Chain & The Gang – Mum’s The Word
Hookworms – Negative Space

Christina S.

Top 10 Albums
The National – Sleep Well Beast
HAIM – Something to Tell You
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Lorde – Melodrama
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Alvvays – Antisocialites
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

Top 5 Songs
Frank Ocean – Chanel
Calvin Harris – Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses
The Orwells – Black Francis
Lorde – Supercut

Matt G.

Top 5 Albums
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Illenium – Awake
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1
Avicii – AVICI (01)
The Chainsmokers – Memories…Do Not Open

Top 10 Songs
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Don Diablo ft. A R I Z O N A – Take Her Place
MK – 17
Codeko ft. Austin Mahone – Say Hi
Calvin Harris – Slide
ODESZA – Late Night
Marnik ft. Rookies – Burn (Ryan Riback Remix)
Axwell /\ Ingrosso – More Than You Know
Marshmello ft. Khalid – Silence (Illenium Remix)
Tiesto – Red Lights (Hungry Man Fun Man Remix)