Aaron Jackson

Top 10 Albums

1. Brand New – Science Fiction

Aaron photo 2017
Brand New

2. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

3. Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

4. Jamie Lenman – Devolver

5. Seaway – Vacation

6. Enter Shikari – The Spark

7. Movements – Feel Something

8. Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound

9. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

10. Can’t Swim – Fail You Again

This year has been bittersweet. In some ways, a dark shadow has been cast across a number of my favourite artists as a result of the deplorable allegations that have been made apparent throughout the course of the year. Of course, this is very much the case with my (controversial) choice of 2017’s best album. Sonically, Science Fiction is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s dramatic and sudden announcement excited and rejuvenated fans that were verging on disenfranchised after the eight-year silence that followed 2009’s Daisy. We were gifted with 12 tracks of sombre and pained musings that triggered a plethora of emotions to emerge from the deepest crevices of our brains – this is the effect that music can have when it is at its best – it provokes and it holds significant meaning – it is more than just an album. Naturally, I must say that Jesse Lacey was/is a sick individual who needs a lot of help. He made mistakes, he possibly ruined lives and therefore must face the consequences of his shameful actions. My choosing of Brand New as producing the greatest album of this past year is in no way to be read as a defence or a glorification of Lacey’s actions, it is merely my own opinion and, for me, no other album matched the quality on display here.

James Donaldson

Top 10 Albums

James Photo 2017
Kendrick Lamar

1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

2. Sampha – Process 

3. Tyler, The Creator – Scum Fuck, Flower Boy

4.King Krule – OOZ 

5. dvsn – Morning After

6. Thundercat – Drunk

7. Brockhampton – Saturation

8. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

9. Majid Jordan – The Space Between

10. SZA – Ctrl

 

2017 has been revolutionary for me, delving into new artists and enlightening myself with the pure wonders of exploring different genres. To put into perspective, a year ago, I was only listening to three of the artists in my top ten – with only two of those seven new artists releasing debut records. Admittedly, deciding top spot was the most difficult in this selection, with Sampha’s melancholic ‘Process’ falling just short of Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece that is ‘DAMN.’.

First, I must pay great respects to Sampha’s debut offering. The Mercury Prize Award winner produced something so heartfelt, it almost feels intrusive at some parts of the album – a truly beautiful work, that sits respectively in second spot. However, anyone who is unfortunate enough to release an album in the same year as Kendrick Lamar, is likely to fall far short to the modern-day genius’ work. As with ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, Lamar’s broad social commentary of the social and racial injustices in the US, is what makes ‘DAMN.’ so powerful. His complex vision and metaphorical storytelling, once again, sets him apart from so many others across the 7x Grammy nominated, 14-track-piece. The artistry and versatility of the record was heightened in the recent re-release of ‘DAMN.’, in a collector’s form – no change to the track listing, yet, played in reverse.

What a year it has been, here’s to the next.

Callum Huthwaite

Top 10 Albums

1. Movements – Feel Something

Callum photo 2017
Movements

2. Seaway – Vacation

3. Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter

4. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

5. Enter Shikari – The Spark

6. Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

7. Can’t Swim – Fail You Again

8. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

9. Gnarwolves – Outsiders

10. Lower Than Atlantis – Safe in Sound

For me, 2017 was another year of discovery. The biggest revelation of all was the release of Movements’ first album Feel Something. Offering the perfect blend of anger and heartfelt lyricism, the album is one you simply have to hear. Unlike anything I have ever listened to before, Movements are a breath of fresh air in every genre they dabble in. Tracks like Daylily and Deadly Dull have stuck with me for months, constantly demanding me to listen to them over and over again. Lyrics have run around my head and hooks have worn me down, I hate to think how many times I have listened to this album since its release. It’s success has been a result of its delicately crafted parts, each and every song works incredibly together. I have not been this excited about a band for a long time, frankly I cannot wait to see them live as soon as possible. Fighting off the infectious Vacation by Seaway and the exciting efforts from Knuckle Puck and Frank Carter, it would have been an injustice to have not have picked Feel Something. Movements have well and truly given me a “pink cloud” winter.

Jamie Law

Top 10 Albums

Jamie photo 2017
LANY

1. LANY – LANY

2. Sundara Karma – Youth is Only Fun In Retrospect

3. Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

4. Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound

5. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

6. Aquillo – Silhouettes

7. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

8. Halsey – Hopeless fountain Kingdom

9. Enter Shikari – The Spark

10. Flor – Come Out. You’re Hiding

This year in the music world has been turbulent, to say the least. Many bands were subject to various very serious allegations, some of which have been false and some which have destroyed bands completely. However, one thing is for certain and that is some fantastic music has been released over the course of 2017.

My decision for favorite album of the year was not as hard as I first expected it to be. When making my final top 10 list there was only one album which in my opinion deserved the top spot, that being LANY’s self-titled album LANY. This 16-track masterpiece is LANY’s debut album and since its release, they have gone from strength to strength featuring at various festivals and touring the world. After the year we have had I feel like an album with a focus on love and having a good time is exactly what we needed and should be the notion we move into 2018 with.

We kicked off WaveByte this year and it has allowed me to broaden my horizons musically, it has been a fantastic experience thus far, one I owe to all our readers. I hope 2018 is just as rewarding and continues to bring us fantastic music.

Will Wilkins

Top 10 Albums

1. Little Comets – Worhead

WILL PHOTO 2017
Little Comets

2. Lorde – Melodrama

3. Paramore – Hard Times

4. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

5. Brand New – Science Fiction

6. Alt-J – Deadcrush

7. The Front Bottoms – Going Grey

8. Cassels – Epithet

9. Lower Than Atlantis – Safe in Sound

10. Black Sabbath – The End (LIVE)

This was a good year – we kicked off WaveByte to a resounding success, and I wanted to start this look back with a thank you to everyone who’s supported us and to give an extra nod to those who will continue to. It was a good year for music too. In fact, I had a real Hard Time trying to decide which album would be my number one – it was causing something of a Melodrama. I knew by the time that I’d decided, I’d be Going Grey. Okay, puns aside, I really did struggle to pick a number one album, but after a long old think, I’ve decided that my top album of the year was Little Comets – Worhead.

Allow me to elaborate – Worhead represents everything that was great about this year for me. It’s extremely personal, but it’s the reason I love it so much. Jamie and I were invited to interview the band shortly after the album release during a press tour at KOKO London. It was the first time that we’d both been able to go backstage and interview a band. I remember being amazed at how casual the whole thing was – we were just sitting on sofas having a chat whilst the band got ready around us.

As well as that, this album has two of my top songs of the year; Worhead and The Man Who Wrote Thriller, the latter of which has managed to work its way into my favourite song list. As I started, this has been a strong year for music, especially within my music scene. Let’s hope that 2018 is just as impactful, if not more.

Daniel Baker

Top 10 Albums

1. The xx – I See You

The xx photo
The xx

2. LANY – LANY

3. Wolf Alice – Visions of A Life

4. Turnover – Good Nature

5. Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About the Car?

6. Blaenavon – That’s Your Lot

7. RAT BOY SCUM

8. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

9. Circa Waves – Different Creatures

10. Sundara Karma – Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect

2017 has been an eventful year, not only for us over at WaveByte but the music industry as a whole. It was just back in March when a group of five students decided to start a project in a field which we all collectively love, nine months later we have come a long way with many reviews and interviews now under our belt. There have been numerous albums released this year which have stood head and shoulders above the rest, with over 63,000 minutes streamed on Spotify it made it that much harder to create a Top 10 albums of 2017.

After long thought, I decided that ‘The xx – I See You.’ deserved the top spot. The album of only ten tracks held its own this year with the band selling out seven nights at the famous o2 Academy Brixton which can hold up to 5000 people each night. The album itself is something special but seeing the performance live with such stunning visuals creates a night to remember. Placing it next to their earlier albums ‘Coexist’ and ‘xx’ I’m sure it’s an album that’s going to live on through 2018 and many years to come.

I look forward to what 2018 brings in the world of music. We are very grateful for all the support we have received over the past nine months. We are always improving over at ‘WaveByte’, striving to bring the best content to our readers and we hope to continue that well into coming years.

We all wish you a Happy New Year

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