Music: Best of 2017

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

1 SOLANGE (FORM Arcosanti, Arizona, May 12) I was able to see Solange’s intimate performance at Paolo Soleri’s futurist commune; she was on a smaller stage than she normally performs on. It was perfect. Every part of it was perfect. The choreography was perfect.

Solange performing at FORM Arcosanti, Arizona, May 12, 2017. Photo: Jacqueline Verdugo.

2 VISIBLE CLOAKS, REASSEMBLAGE (RVNG Intl.) A beautiful album of soundscapes that is in constant rotation in my home. Visible Cloaks also posts really great DJ mixes online—my favorite is titled Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo Vol. 2.

Cover of Visible Cloaks’ Reassemblage (RVNG Intl., 2017).

3 BULLION, ALL ABAWD (The Trilogy Tapes) I love this UK producer’s playful energy and use of vocals. A good album to start your day with and to keep you light on your feet.

4 PLAY IT AS IT LATHES W/ZACH COWIE, NTS RADIO Every mix is full of gems, always perfectly curated. Zach also runs Classic Album Sundays in Los Angeles, a series of hi-fi listening events for iconic records.

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