Prism’s Top Music Picks of 2017

December 20, 2017Ana Rojo

As we say goodbye to 2017 which had a lot of good bad and just plain insane moments (that we probably want to forget), we reflect on what was a pretty great year in music with some returning artists and some new faces. A lot of great music came out this year so we’ve narrowed it down and gathered up some of our favorite releases:

ANA ROJO – Prism’s Music Guru

DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

By far the best album by Kendrick and the best album of the year. Kung-Fu Kenny can literally do no wrong and this album is a MASTERPIECE and really takes you back to old-school hip-hop. The topics addressed in his music and just the production of each song, it is artistry at its finest.

Ctrl, SZA

This was the year of SZA. Ctrl is so raw and SZA’s vocals are unbelievable on this record. And I love how she really goes into the topic of love and the complications that come with it (basically she talks about being a side chick) which is a new spin on R&B.

“Hurts to Liv”, liv

Lykke Li has graced us again with her music by releasing some new tunes with her music project liv which she created with Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, and Jeff Baskher formed in 2016. This song is that type of song you need when you just need a good cry. It’s soft and raw and exposes vulnerability (which makes sense since Lykke Li and Andrew Wyatt both dedicated the song to their late parents) and one of my favorite tunes to come out this year.

Ash, Ibeyi

This album is magic. The mixture of so many genres and styles and the production is insane. Each song is a different story and you just get lost in each one, completely captivated by it.

“Little Dark Age”, MGMT

It’s been four years since we got some music from MGMT and when this song came out, my inner middle-schooler went crazy. This song is weird, exciting, a bit different from their older work but it blew me away and hearing it at this year’s House of Creatives live was nothing short of magic.

POLA BUNSTER – Director of Storytelling

Mr Finish Line, Vulfpeck

These guys are hands-down one of my favorite acts out there right now and seeing them at Okeechobee Music Festival was definitely a highlight of my 2017. This new album is filled with legendary collaborations and that delicious funk that can only come from Joe Dart’s bass.

French Kiwi Juice, FKJ

I have been watching (aka in love with) FKJ for a long time and I can easily say here’s one of my most beloved producers. I was blown away by his show at The Ground, even though it was my third time seeing him live. That’s the mark of a great artist.

“Alaska”, Maggie Rogers

I know it was everywhere, especially after gaining viral fame, but this song really was one of the prettiest tracks I had heard in a while. Not surprised it shot to Spotify stardom.

Yes Lawd!, NxWorries

Aside from the fact that I’m a huge Anderson.Paak fan in many ways ;), I love what he’s done with Knxwledge in this collab and it’s just as great as what either artist can do individually.


What can I say about such a pivotally visionary artist as St. Vincent? She just continues to out do herself with her musical prowess and risk-taking and it’s been an absolute treat to see her evolve into the legend that she is.

ISABELLA ACKER – Curator of Culture

“La Luz”- Coastal ft. Jackie Mendoza – This was one those Soundcloud discoveries that I heard and it stayed on repeat

“Savor Wavs” – The Head and The Heart produced by RZA – It’s a jaaaaaaaam.

“Figures” – Jessie Reyez –  I first saw Jessie perform 5  years ago at The Green Parrot with my friends The Boom Booms and was blown away by her raw and soulful sound. Her vulnerability and musicality are hypnotic.

“Unknown” – Jacob Banks – Jacob’s voice is one of those voices that shakes you to your core, that takes you to church and back. Love his entire record cover to cover.

“Me Voy” – Ibeyi ft La Mala – Saw them perform last year at North Beach Bandshell and this year at The Fillmore and they are one of my favorites acts to see live. They are electric.

Guilty Pleasure: “Attention (Lash Remix)” – Because it’s my workout jam.

JANEL ALLEN – Chief Social Alchemist

“Passionfruit”, Drake

Because you can’t help but move to the groove no matter how many times you hear it.

“Rude Girl”, Tribal Seeds

I’m all about vibes and this is the vibe. Automatically puts me in a good mood.

“Over (When We Said Goodbye)”, Thirdstory

This is the kind of song that you hear and you stop what you are doing and just listen. Thirdstory has a way of doing that to you.

“Alone”, Allen Stone

Honestly, anything Allen Stone does is magic. His soul and effortless nature are so special.