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Live Review: Purple Sneakers' Best Songs of 2017

29 December 2017 | 12:24 pm | Emma Jones

Another year has come and gone, and with it, a whole 12 months worth of music. This year saw electronic music claim its stake across a slew of other genres including pop, RnB and hip-hop, while global popstars teamed up with emerging producers to make forward thinking and genre-defying mixtapes. Australian artists once again proved to hold their own at home and beyond, showing the rest of the world just how strong our music scene continues to be, and we saw a multitude of artists working together to make incredible new songs.

Here at Purple Sneakers, we've been #TrustedForTaste for 12 years now, and our passion for emerging artists has only grown stronger. We've thrown parties throughout the year, booking artists we can't get enough of, while also playing them on our radio show and in our Purple Sneakers DJs sets, and covering them on our website. Now, our writing team has put our heads together to narrow down our favourite songs of the year, and thanks to Purple Sneakers DJs' Caitlin Medcalf, we've compiled them all together in a megamix to send the year out in true style.

Each writer picked five songs we've loved this year, and you can peep the whole tracklist below. From chart-topping worldwide hits to some of Australia's finest emerging artists, this mix has got it all and captures the rich tapestry that was music in 2017. Catch the mix right here, or listen live to our radio show every Saturday evening 5-6pm AEDT on 94.5FM if you're Sydney-side, or on demand at!

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Playboi Carti - Magnolia

TOKiMONSTA - Don’t Call Me (Feat. Yuna)

Jack River - Fool’s Gold

Kaiit - Natural Woman

Tkay Maidza - Glorious

OKENYO - Woman’s World

Ric Rufio - Water To Wine

Carmouflage Rose - Late Nights

Kelela - LMK

Mallrat - Better

Hatchie - Try

Camila Cabello - Havana (Feat. Young Thug)

Kira Puru - Tension

Frank Ocean - Chanel

Corbin - Hunker Down

GL - Destiny

Chord Memory Band - Marco

Antony & Cleopatra - Dust

DUCKWRTH - I’M DEAD (Feat. Sad Money & Sabrina Claudio)

Baker Boy - Marryuna (Feat. Yirrmal)

Jens Lekman - Evening Prayer

Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling

Zen In Space - FourthBak

Kaiit - 2000 n Somethin’

Willaris. K - Alchemy

Kelly Lee Owens - Anxi (Feat. Jenny Hval)

ARCA - Desafío

Love Deluxe - Silk Mirage

Mount Kimbie - Marilyn (Feat. Micachu)

Bella Labeaux - Don’t Want

Empress Of - Go To Hell

Kehlani - Distraction

Todd Terje - Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)

Christopher Port - Nobody Chose You

Sampha - No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)

Prequel - Freedom

ALTA - Fix It

Parcels - Overnight

Haiku Hands - Not About You

Confidence Man - Better Sit Down Boy

Lorde - Green Light

Kllo - Virtue


Yaeji - raingurl

Jorja Smith & Preditah - On My Mind

Cashmere Cat - 9 (After Coacella)[Feat. SOPHIE & MØ)

Anatole - Like Deep Water (Feat. Ólafur Arnalds)

Swick - Slopes (Feat. Tkay Maidza & Capo Lee)

Kelela - Frontline

Muki - Sassaparilla

Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

GUSSY - Mornings (Co-Prod. by Strict Face)

Moses Sumney - Doomed

Basenji - Don’t Let Go (Feat. Mereki)

From everyone here at Purple Sneakers, thank you for your support in 2017. Happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2018 for more emerging and underground artists to make you dance, feel, cry, think and more!

Image by James Simpson

Words by Emma Jones