The Best Of 2017: A Look Back At The Year In Music On Air Check

For 2017's final Air Check episode, we sat down in the studio to reminisce about our favorite songs and albums. Last year was a stellar period for new releases, so narrowing our choices down was a difficult task –– we’ve ended up picking everything ranging from the Malian blues artist Boubacar Traoré to Kendrick Lamar’s recent double platinum-certified album, Damn. 

 Listen to the full episode in the media player above. 


 Below you’ll find each of the hosts’ top local and worldwide picks from 2017.  

Vicky’s Top Picks:

  Thievery Corporation –– "The Temple of I & I," from The Temple of I & I is The Kit –– "Hotter, Colder," from Moonshine Freeze

Queens of the Stone Age Villains

Nina De Freitas Spinning Towards The Edge

Moses Sumney Aromanticism

Fink Resurgam

Jeff’s Top Picks:

  Washed Out –– "Hard To Say Goodbye," from Mister Mellow –– "Star Roving," from Slowdive

Boubacar Traoré Dounia Tabalo

 Grant Sabin –– "Bliss and Bane," from Bourbon and Milk –– "Hot Thoughts," from Hot Thoughts

Beck Colors

Jake’s Top Picks:

  Frank Ocean –– "Chanel" (Single) Som –– "Baybee," from Everybody Works

Sampha Process

 Cocordion –– "Home School," from Expectations Byrne –– "Natural Blue," from Not Even Happiness