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Biggest Ups: Over 40 Artists Share Their Favorite Albums of 2017

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Bandcamp artists pick their favorite albums of the year.

One of the features on Bandcamp Daily that generates the greatest amount of enthusiasm is Big Ups. The concept is simple: we ask artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2017 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. Here, more than 40 artists to tell us their favorite albums of the year.

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The Best Albums of 2017: #20 – 1

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The wait is over. These are the 20 Best Albums of the year.

Last year, the Bandcamp Daily staff put together our first “Best Albums of the Year List,” 100 albums we felt defined 2016 for us. At the time I remember thinking, “This is tough, but it will probably get easier as the years go on.” Now, one year later, I’m realizing that I was wrong. The truth is, the world of Bandcamp is enormous, and it contains artists from all over the world, in every conceivable genre (including a few who exist in genres of their own invention), and at every stage of their career. The fact of the matter is, any list like this is going to fall short because, on Bandcamp, there is always more to discover. Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available. The albums that made this list, though, were the ones that stayed with us long after they were released—the ones we returned to again and again and found their pleasures undimmed, and their songs still rewarding. These are Bandcamp’s Best Albums of 2017.

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The Best Albums of Summer 2017

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Every three months, the Bandcamp Daily editorial staff combs through the stacks to present our favorite records of the year to date. The albums presented here run the stylistic spectrum, everything from noise to indiepop to hip-hop to everything in between. And if you like what you see here, check out our picks for winter and spring of 2017, too.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Soul, Shoegaze, Australian Psych & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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L’Rain’s Debut Album Is A Rollercoaster Ride of Soul, Shoegaze, and Dance

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Photo by June Canedo.

In 2014, the keyboardist, bassist, and vocalist Taja Cheek realized the bands she was playing with in New York weren’t quite capturing the sound she wanted to create. So she recruited fellow producer Andrew Lappin, combed through her old demos, and reinvented herself as L’Rain.

Cheek’s debut album as L’Rain—her only solo release to date—is a kaleidoscopic combination of electronic shoegaze, experimental R&B, and downtempo dance, chopped and recontextualized ad infinitum. Though the LP only took a few weeks to complete, the three years leading up to it were a rollercoaster ride of emotions: grueling, exhausting, heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspirational.

“For me, every part of the album is really important: how the cover fits with the music, how the music fits with my life, how my life fits with the live show,” says Cheek, a Brooklyn native. “All of these parts, having to go through it once, I learned a lot about all of these parts of the project while going through the process of making the album. The world was already there, I just discovered how to convey it.”

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