Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2017


1. Aldous Harding – Party

Echoing the likes of Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush and Jesca Hoop, Aldous Harding’s album title should be taken with a sizeable grain of salt. Instead of energetic pop anthems, understated vocals make you quieten down and nestle into your speakers to catch every word. The lasting spell of this album will leave you enraptured, keep your ear to the ground for Aldous Harding.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Live At KEXP (Limited to 500 copies)

2. Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Instantly catchy choruses and booming guitar chords welcome us back to the first original songs by Ryan Adams since his 2014 self-titled album. Cementing his status as a heartbreak documentarian, Adams shows off his full emotional range, and we’re all the better off for it.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Live At Rough Trade East (Pre-order)

3. Björk – Utopia

A favourite amongst the Rough Trade team, Big Thief return with their second album on Saddle Creek Records. Flying under the radar, the success of the coloured vinyl edition took everyone by surprise. It’s not hard to see why with breathtakingly intimate vocals from singer Adrianne Lenker, tight melodies and intricate guitar work, an infinitely replayable album.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Only Color Worldwide

4. Big Thief – Capacity

A favourite amongst the Rough Trade team, Big Thief return with their second album on Saddle Creek Records. Flying under the radar, the success of the coloured vinyl edition took everyone by surprise. It’s not hard to see why with breathtakingly intimate vocals from singer Adrianne Lenker, tight melodies and intricate guitar work, an infinitely replayable album.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Bonus 7″ with Coloured Vinyl Edition

5. Colter Wall – Colter Wall​

In demand by some of the world’s finest record labels, Colter Wall’s eponymous debut album proves why. As authentic as an artist 40 years his senior, his rumbling baritone and storytelling lyrics are reminiscent of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. If this is the genesis, we can’t wait for the evolution.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Vinyl release of Imaginary Appalachia

6. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

A debut album to remember from the El Paso dreampop quartet, delivering on the promise of their much lauded 2012 I. EP. Sleepy, lovely androgynous vocals accompany floating synths and heavenly keyboard work to bring you a step closer to utopia.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Bonus Signed Art Print (Limited to 300 Copies)

7. The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension

As far as long-awaited debut albums go, The Big Moon landed it like falling off a log while taking candy from a baby with their eyes shut. Produced by Catherine J Marks and boasting dulcet, burnt-sugar tones, bouncy bass and fuzzy-wuzzy lilting guitar, The Big Moon beckon you in and invite you to a party kicking off on your record player.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Acoustic EP (Limited to 500 copies)

8. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

Eight albums in and Jane Weaver continues to carve her own path on Modern Kosmology. Only describable as a unique blend of cosmic krautrock, acid-singed, space throbbing psych and gorgeous folk vocals, the album is a fitting follow up to another Rough Trade favourite, 2015’s The Amber Light.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Bonus Live EP CD

9. Thundercat – Drunk

Thundercat grooved his way into our hearts with the follow-up to 2013’s Apocalypse. Drunk is the funkiest of the funky, the jazziest of the jazzy and the smoothest of the smooth. Glitchy hip-hop beats smothered in classy honey-tones, lavish keyboards and plenty of glossy soul.

Rough Trade Exclusive – Drank Bonus Remix CD

10. Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man

Afrobeat with a dose of punk thrown in, super fuzzed-up bass and guitar will vibrate the cerebral cortex and ensure that you don’t forget Here Lies Man any time soon. A brilliant, hazy, psychedelic, hook-laden 8-song groovy-as-fuck masterwork.

Rough Trade Exclusive – 4-track 12” (inc Fela Kuti cover & new music)

11. Childhood – Universal High
12. Sampha – Process
13. Holly Macve – Golden Eagle
14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
15. IDLES – Brutalism
16. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – Milano
17. Bedouine – Bedouine
18. Hand Habits – Wildly Idle
19. Kelela – Take Me Apart
20. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears

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