Best of 2017.5: Minnesota Albums and Songs

We celebrate making it halfway through this crazy year by compiling music things we like. Today we reflect back on the best Minnesota Albums and Songs we’ve heard so far in 2017.

Josh, Reviler
Albums (not in order)
Dead Gurus – Acid Bench
Zina – furniture
Toki Wright – At The Speed Of Life 3
Sound Verite Records Vol.2 – various artist
Cheap Fantasy – life of glass
Naive Sense – ST
Waveless – The Bells of Baton Rouge
Psymum – Rainbow Party
Uranium Club – All Them Naturals
Malamanya- Malamanya
The Cult of Lip – Your Feedback

Songs
1. J Plaza “Ashes”
2. Dead Gurus “Song for Saraswati”
3. Greg Grease “Migraine”
4. Zina “Vacation”
5. Toki Wright “The Situation”

Jon Jon Scott, @Soundverite1
Muja Messiah -Pyrexpedition
Parables Of Neptune – Parables of Neptune
P.O.S.- Chill,Dummy
Metasota – it’s Just Rap
Psymun – Rainbow Party
Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Whole World
Manchita – One
Allan Kingdom – Lines
Toki Wright – At The Speed Of Life 3
Sound Verite Records Vol.2 – various artist

Jon, Reviler
Psymun – Rainbow Party
This local producer is getting some hype around his talent and based on hearing the new record, its totally justifiable.
Jim and the French Vanilla – Afraid of the House
The Blind Shake tour and record at a blistering pace so its a wonder Jim Blaha has any time for his solo project (let alone enough time to make it this good).
Zina – Furniture
A great debut from a talented up-and-coming singer who is local (by way of Guinea).
Naive Sense – ST
The swan song from a great local band that will very much be missed
Cult of Lip – Your Feedback
A really great EP from a local band I know almost nothing about.
Cheap Fantasy – Life of Glass
Another great EP from a local band I know almost nothing about
Daniel Bonespur – Depths of Height
A great collection of bedroom pop from the prolific Dan Dukich
Blaha – The Art of Not
The Blind Shake tour and record at a blistering pace so its a wonder Mike Blaha has any time for his solo project (let alone enough time to make it this good).
Transitional Species – Rise of the Damn Dirty Apes
Kevin Cosgrove’s sound collages are always really interesting and this year’s collection is no exception
Destiny Roberts – Moon Melanin Mami
The engineering/recording sounds a little tinny but there is no denying the talent behind rapper/singer Destiny Roberts’ new album
Manchita – One
Another very promising record I still need to spend some more time with

Atom Robinson, @AtomRobinson
Prince, Purple Rain Deluxe Edition: Screw it; it’s going on my list.
Matt Hannah, Dreamland: I’m in love with this gentle, beautiful album
Jeremy Ylvisaker, Dimebag & Malibu Hymnal
Dua, First Take (song): Can’t wait for a full length
Brother Ali, All the Beauty in this Whole Life

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