I know, I know. Run the Jewels 3 is technically a 2016 release, but they dropped it at the end of the year (on Christmas day to be exact), without warning, and I wasn’t able to properly feature them during #31days2016. So it’s only fair I kick things off this year with my favorite track from the incredible RTJ3, the raw and explosive “Call Ticketron.”
The debut single from the NYC-based Gussie is a chirpy blend of blurred synths and tenacious electronic beats, which creates a near perfect 80’s throwback sound.
There are certain songs I become completely lost in and this is one of those. Originally released back in 2015 as part of the Lost River Original Motion Picture Score, but released this year as a proper single, so i’m counting it towards 2017.
♩ Swells – Dream Girl [from What Are You Gonna Do?]
North Hollywood surf-punk rockers Swells dropped their excellent debut LP this year and it included this solid ballad. Swells is one of the hardest working bands out there right and they put on a super fun live show…and they just happen to be hosting the inaugural Swells Christmas Special tonight in Los Angeles. Swing by if you can manage.