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This Week’s Essential Releases: Black Metal, Art-Pop, Soul and More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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On Her Debut for Brainfeeder, Salami Rose Joe Louis Goes Sci-Fi

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Photo by Fabrice Bourgelle

In science fiction, the most outlandish and perplexing stories often manage to hit the closest to home. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, for instance, wraps a relatable coming-of-age story in a wild tale of imminent alien attack. Books like Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash detail impossibly dystopian societies that now seem alarmingly plausible. The plot around Octavia E. Butler’s prescient 1993 novel The Parable of the Sower revolves around an evil president, whose campaign slogan is—no joke—“Make America Great Again.”

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Oakland’s Hot Record Societe Builds a Community of Like-Minded Outsiders

Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles

Despite being firmly rooted in downtown Oakland, the prolific label Hot Records Societe can trace its origins to a fateful day in Ecuador some years ago when the label’s founder, who goes by the pseudonym Arlington Lowell, got stung on the foot by a stingray. Lowell spent the following month recuperating in Ecuador, and took advantage of his solitude to finish an album he’d started at home in Oakland, and to reach out to artists on the internet, including the Belgium-based ShunGu, who have since released music on Hot Record Societe. “[There was more of a garage rock scene] in Oakland at the time,” Lowell explained. “I didn’t see a lot of people doing the same thing that I was.”

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The Best Albums of 2017: #60 – 41


We’ll be revealing the full list, 20 albums at a time, this whole week.

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 the Best Albums on Bandcamp in 2017.

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