Dec 17

The Freaky Trigger Readers’ Poll 2017

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barryscottHi, I’m Barry Scott! Despite my reappearance in the nation’s ad breaks this year, the amount of grime in general circulation has actually *increased* somehow! I blame the millennials and their over-reliance on antibiotics made from avocados. Anyway, I’m here to announce that voting for the 2017 Readers’ Poll is now open!

Thanks Barry. Rules are (almost) the same as last year:

– Choose up to 20 of your favourite tracks of 2017. I am extremely unlikely to check release dates, but if one of your choices appeared in last year’s poll, I’ll get in touch and ask you to choose another track.
– If you don’t have 20 tracks then 10 or 3 or even 1 is fine.
– If you like, put them in order (#1 will get more points than #20), otherwise I’ll assign them a random order (via the Mersenne Twister algorithm, none of yer linear congruential shite here).
– Email them to poptimistspoll2010@gmail.com by 23.59pm GMT on 31st December.

This year there is also optional new bonus orgafun: tell us ONE (1) 2017 album you enjoyed. These won’t be ranked, I’ll just post the list of everyone’s choices at the end.

That’s it. Pull on your marigolds and get scrubbing voting!

(Feel free to influence the voting by sharing your 2017 playlists/recommendations in the comments – as ever, this poll is about finding new stuff as much as determining which of it is best in a highly subjective fashion.)


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    katstevens on 3 Dec 2017 #

    Also: if you are reading this, then you count as a ‘reader’, even if this is literally the only FT post you have read all year. The more the merrier!

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    byebyepride on 6 Dec 2017 #

    I would love to know what other readers have been listening to – this is the second year in row in which I have lost track of what songs/tracks/singles have been popular. My solution last year was only to vote for songs by Miranda Lambert, but that’s not an option this year. Without knowing what else has been ‘big’ amongst Freaky Trigger-ites, voting feels a bit random.

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    Tom on 6 Dec 2017 #

    How about a collaborative Spotify playlist for suggestions/nominations? As long as nobody overloads it it could be quite a handy way of seeing what other people might vote for.

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    brb uploading the 11423 plays of THE HINDU TIMES that constitute my year on spotify

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    byebyepride on 6 Dec 2017 #

    Or even just a campaigning thread for cool stuff we’ve found.

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    swanstep on 9 Dec 2017 #

    In the spirit of a campaign, Torres’s Skim, which didn’t make that many waves, was my fave song & vid. of the year:
    Also liked Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Deadly Valentine a *lot*:
    I assume that no one needs a heads-up about Kendrick Lamar.

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    katstevens on 10 Dec 2017 #

    I did a mid year round-up of my faves in June: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2017/06/halfway-house-2017/

    The UK Singles Chart this year has been a relatively mixed bag (albeit with some true bangers lurking inside): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_top_10_singles_in_2017

    The Lex (formerly of this parish) has put together a great 2017 playlist, which I’ve snaffled some tracks off for my own list: https://open.spotify.com/user/lexpretend/playlist/5TPafQ4nlpfkKNyJ8kaiVL

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    jeff w on 10 Dec 2017 #

    I have a list in the comments to the thread in the first link Kat posted @ 7.

    For the second half of 2017, I’ll add these:

    Kesha – Praying
    The Japanese House – Saw You in a Dream
    Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional
    Charli XCX – Boys
    Maya Jane Coles – Weak
    Jazmine Sullivan x Bryson Tiller – Insecure
    Meridian Brothers – Yo Soy Tu Padre, Yo Te Fabriqué
    Aly & AJ – Take Me
    Kero Kero Bonito – Rock n Roll Star
    Ride – Lateral Alice (original / Cavern of Anti-Matter remix)
    GIRLI – Hot Mess
    Deerhoof ft. Laetitia Sadier – Come Down Here & Say That
    Prins Thomas – Apokalypso 1 (original / Øyvind Morken’s Trance Dance rework)
    Prins Thomas – Montague Grant
    ILoveMakkonen ft. Rae Sremmurd – Love
    Tove Styrke – Mistakes
    Barry Adamson – I Got Clothes (ACR:MCR rework)
    FEMM – 浪漫飛行 (Roman Hikou)
    Susanne Sundfør – The Sound Of War
    Saint Etienne – London Like A Distant Sun
    GIRLI – Can I Say Baby
    Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Son of a Lady
    tUnE-yArDs – Look At Your Hands
    Brian Eno / Kevin Shields – Only once away my son
    Shystie – Bluka
    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine (original / Soulwax remix)
    Björk – saint
    Prins Thomas – Here comes the band
    Hyuna – Lip & Hip
    Aly & AJ – The Distance

    Great 2nd half albums: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ‘The Kid’, Mura Masa s/t, Prins Thomas 5, Susanne Sundfør ‘Music For People In Trouble’, Björk ‘Utopia’, Meridian Brothers ‘¿Dónde Estás María?’, 0PN’s ‘Good Time’ OST and the new K. Michelle.

    EPs: Bugzy Malone’s “King of the North”, The Japanese House “Saw You In A Dream”, DMX Krew’s “The Wiggly Worm” and listening right now to the first Yaeji EP, which is super.

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    katstevens on 10 Dec 2017 #

    Good call on The Sound of War, Jeff – it’s incredible (though I’m not always in the mood to listen to it). C Gainsbourg not usually my cup of tea but I do like that Soulwax remix.

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    Tom on 11 Dec 2017 #

    Stuff I will probably be voting for which other people might conceivably be voting for or might like:

    Paramore – Hard Times
    Sunny Sweeney – Pills
    Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
    Steps – Story Of A Heart
    Spoon – Hot Thoughts
    Harry Styles – Meet Me In The Hallway
    The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds

    Stuff which is a bit more of a longshot in terms of other people liking it OR it making my list.

    Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
    cupcaKKe – 33rd
    something by Ibibio Sound Machine (not sure which)
    something by Sacred Paws (not sure which)
    Blanck Mass – Rhesus Negative
    Japanese Breakfast – Boyish
    Miss Eaves – Thunder Thighs
    Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
    Lil Peep – Benz Truck (remix) (can’t be arsed to do the cyrillic nonsense)
    Vince Staples – Crabs In A Bucket
    Black Madonna – His Is The Voice I Hear
    Camille – Les Loups

    and there’s a load of other stuff which is firmly in my top 20 but unlikely to get a single vote elsewhere, such is life, but I’ll be writing it up at some point on here.

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    koganbot on 12 Dec 2017 #

    My list probably has more bacteria per square inch than anyone else’s, though not many people are going to vote for my top 20, either for the songs or the bacteria. Actually, I’m not going to vote for everything in my top 20 either, since I haven’t gotten around to reorganizing my list and instead just keep sticking things on the end. In any event, here’s my YouTube playlist, 71 songs as of this moment. Also, even though he didn’t list it Tom might end up voting for Omar Souleyman’s “Ya Bnayya” once he realizes it’s a single.

    In any event, what the following singles have in common is that (a) they’re real good, (b) they’re hip-hop, and (c) they’re from Cameroon:

    Jovi “Ou Même”
    Mani Bella ft. Tenor “Déranger”
    Yungtime ft. Mihney “Uh uh, uh hum”
    Reniss “Pilon”
    Jovi “Devil No Di Sleep”
    Maahlox le vibeur “Un Bon Plantain”
    Koppo “Gromologie”
    Franko “On Sassoit Pas”
    Olamide “Wo!!”
    Tenor “Kaba Ngondo”
    Reniss “Manamuh”
    Tenor “Bahatland”
    Tata “Ndaleh”

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    lockedintheattic on 12 Dec 2017 #

    Stuff I’ve loved this year that I’m not sure has been discussed above:
    MUNA’s “I know a place”. Best musical response to the nasty political atmosphere this year (and if that makes it sounds dull it’s not – it’s positive and empowering and has the best singalong chorus I’ve heard this year)

    Garage supergroup TQD’s ‘Ghosts’. Bounciest record of the year.

    Shakira’s Chantaje. In a year when latin pop was so huge I’m surprised this got missed

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    Tom on 12 Dec 2017 #

    I need to revisit that Omar Souleyman LP to pick out tracks, I really liked it. I expect I’ll be revising my list until Dec 31 (well, I will at least be playing a new-to-me LP on Dec 31 so theoretically it might be my favourite of the year).

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    swanstep on 13 Dec 2017 #

    The Regrettes are precocious high-schoolers and stars in the making. A lot of their songs seem to be good, but ‘Seashore’ was their big statement of intent:

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    dollymix on 14 Dec 2017 #

    I don’t have a lot of immensely interesting picks on my list, but for albums that are worth checking out, I’ll throw out

    The Cornshed Sisters – Honey & Tar (’70sish AM pop with great vocal harmonies – not entirely dissimilar from HAIM but better in my opinion)
    H. Hawkline – I Romanticize (Welsh indie-pop)
    Charly Bliss – Guppy (pop-punkish, reminiscent of Weezer’s “Pinkerton”)
    Saint Etienne – Home Counties (their best album in years)
    New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions (ditto – someone in the band called it “Krautrock bubblegum” which is a pretty good description)
    Noga Erez – Junior (avant-pop)
    GoldLink – At What Cost (I don’t listen to much hip hop but I liked this a lot)
    Also Grace Mitchell put out a bunch of singles that are mostly good, so let’s lump those together.

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    Steve Mannion on 17 Dec 2017 #

    Playlist (unordered) of my faves this year although the now standard disclaimers of it being ‘probably at least a third of stuff from the previous year that I didn’t hear until this year’ and ‘not being particularly poppy’ apply: https://open.spotify.com/user/stevem78/playlist/3JtZQ7pRCXwpUE20rOslvi

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    cryptopian on 18 Dec 2017 #

    Also not hugely pop: my list of stuff from this year, which I enjoyed very much. First year in a while I’ve paid decent attention to music coming out and it felt like a very good year to be a fan of indie rock and neo-new wave. Particularly enjoyed the offerings from Steven Wilson, Temples, MUNA, Blanck Mass and Susanne Sundfør. https://open.spotify.com/user/cryptopian/playlist/52cPyRvi1f3Z2gIvr2aCu8

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    Tom on 19 Dec 2017 #

    Here’s a playlist for the FACT Tracks list (barring non-Spotify tracks), which as usual has some amazing things on and some shonky rubbish for the Young People. https://open.spotify.com/user/freakytrigger/playlist/3c5cgXHYpT9pcIIy5tX2wk

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    lockedintheattic on 19 Dec 2017 #

    & here’s a list of the stuff I’ve liked most…

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    Lee Saunders on 20 Dec 2017 #

    2017 albums I’ve played a lot in 2017 (as opposed to, uh,)

    Peatbog Faeries – Live@25 – Hooray, its much more lively than their last live album (which had a better track list but the energy was rather sucked out somewhere in the post-production/mixing/mastering stage). A very late-in-the-year contender for my Album of the Year

    Cloudface – Variations – nice chilly ambient

    OMD – The Punishment of Luxury – their best album since Junk Culture

    Saint Etienne – Home Counties – their best since, um, I dunno but I loved it a lot and this was my favourite album of the year until December

    Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen – Not the biggest Kozelek fan but I’ve heard this way more than his outher spoken word stream-of-consciousness recordings of recent, its really the dynamic between that and the rather peculiar music that does it for me (music that’s pretty subservient to his vocals, similar to, say, Bish Bosch in that sense; the friend who showed me Yellow Kitchen told me it was ‘sort of like’ BB hence why I listened, and why I made that comparison just then)

    Paul Draper – Spooky Action – after the 5th listen

    LCD Soundsystem – American Dream – “late era middle aged ramblings” but with squidgy synths and cowbells and all that

    Squeeze – The Knowledge

    TC&I – Great Aspirations – was eagerly anticipating this surprise EP and not only did I enjoy it a lot, I was also relieved to hear that Colin Moulding’s voice still sounds like it did in 2000

    Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage

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    katstevens on 21 Dec 2017 #

    Some interesting voting so far! It’s still wide open in the top 10 though, so get your lists in if you haven’t already…

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    koganbot on 23 Dec 2017 #

    I put Olamide on my list of Cameroonian hip-hop; he’s actually Nigerian. I’m pretty sure the others are all from Cameroon. Anyway, all very worth listening to.

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    Shucks Mahoney on 27 Dec 2017 #

    Dangnabit, just sent in my ballot but missed that corking Muna number. My number one is Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life, shortly followed by St Vincent’s best LDR impersonation New York.

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    katstevens on 31 Dec 2017 #

    LAST DAY to get your votes in! Remember, no pick is too obscure – there are three acts in the current top 20 that I’d never even heard of before voting started…

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    Jessica on 31 Dec 2017 #

    about to email you, Kat, but my YT playlist is here. (Fair warning that apparently in 2017 I listened to Korean girl groups, Kazakhstani guy groups, and very little else.)

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    Tom on 1 Jan 2018 #

    It’s still 2017 somewhere so hopefully my ballot will count!

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    katstevens on 1 Jan 2018 #

    VOTING CLOSED! Thank you everyone who submitted a ballot. The results are being crunched and verified as we speak – expect some countdown posts in the next few days.

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