Hey everyone. It’s been a relatively busy year in the African Alternative/Indie Rock Scene and as an avid fan of the genre I’ve been having a really good 2017.
I was going to wait till the end of the year to create a more detailed list but I realized it would be totally unfair to keep this to myself for 12 whole months.
(Okay enough with the speech Billy) Here’s five of my favourite Alternative/Indie Rock songs of 2017.
- Sunsnare by The Cosmic Strange (THE COSMIC STRANGE EP)
Released first as a single last year and later as a part of their self-titled debut EP, this song is a ray of sunshine on my playlist. It’s fun, upbeat and is literally one of the best ways to start your day (Spoiler: The latter part of the song is EPIC!)
- Open Mind by Mobbing Bali (RED BULL EP)
Can I just say that I absolutely adore these guys?
Their Credo EP from 2016 had me raping my replay button constantly and the Red Bull EP wasn’t any different. I enjoyed all the songs but Open Mind stands out for one simple reason;
‘I’m a bubble you’re a boiling pot, and I’m in trouble cos she’s too hot.’
- Winter by Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys (SUMMER’S NOT THAT SIMPLE)
There’s no denying that Lucy Kruger is a talented woman. With multiple projects to her name, she’s one of the most artistic women in music today. Her new album with the Lost Boys (Summer’s Not That Simple) is a beautifully haunting masterpiece and Winter captures its essence to the fullest.
2. Rage On by Politik (TELL ME THE ANSWER)
This album dropped a little earlier this year and it’s still one of my favourite albums of the year. This trio (Nicola, Michael and Kyle) have something really special going for them and I can’t wait to see how great they’ll become in the coming years. Tell Me The Answer is a lovely debut album with quite a number of memorable tracks.
I honestly can’t explain to you why Rage On stands out because none of the reasons I have come up with seem to suffice. I guess you’ll have to find out yourself right?
- Thailand by Shortstraw (THOSE MEDDLINGS KIDS)
Taken off their Those Meddling Kids Project, some might argue that there are better songs in the compilation and they may be right. Thailand however, has the unique ability to grow on you over time. From its beautiful instrumentation that draws influences from native South African music to its infectious guitar licks; it has slowly become my most played Indie Rock song of 2017.
There you have it. This was a really hard list for me to make but somehow I managed to pull it off (Phew!). Needless to say, there are so many other songs from loads of bands who are doing some really amazing things in the African Rock Scene.
In time, we’ll share those with you as well but for now, have a blast playing these amazing songs on repeat.