TOP ALBUMS of 2017: Ctrl

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted Music Supervisor, Chris Robles, who besides having a background in production, is an amazing graphic designer who creates posters for our in-house PlayLive series. He has also helped booked live shows for legendary artists like George Clinton & Parliament, Pete Rock and Questlove to name a few. Chris writes on why the new SZA album, Ctrl, was one of his favorites of 2017.

Artist: SZA

Album: Ctrl

Twitter: @sza

Track: Supermodel (contains explicit lyrics)

This album stood out to me as one of the best of 2017 because of SZA’s clever (and sometimes sassy) songwriting; her unique, smooth, and soulful vocals as well as her ability to experiment with a variety of music genres. The opening song “Supermodel” has an acoustic, indie-pop vibe with just a simple guitar riff and some militaristic sounding drums. “Love Galore” features Travis Scott and has a chill trap beat which allows her vocals and lyrics to stand out. The electro synth pop sounds on “Prom” was a nice surprise for me as well. There are, of course, some 90’s R&B and hip-hop influences throughout which made me appreciate this album even more. As far as the lyrics, she sings about the ups and downs and complexities in relationships, sexuality and her personal insecurities in a raw, vulnerable and honest way. For an artist only in her mid-20’s I’m looking forward to what she has to offer in the future. Also, just last week SZA received 5 Grammy nominations including Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album!

Chris Robles

About Chris Robles

Hi! I am Chris Robles, a music supervisor at PlayNetwork, and I have been in the music industry since 1999.

I can’t remember when I haven’t been listening to music. Growing up my parents always listened to music around the house. As I got older, I shared music with friends and we watched a ton of music videos (I mean, who didn’t?).

My love for various styles of music and my experience of understanding the music branding industry is probably what drove me into the music business. I started working in production, and later joined a promotion company where I designed promotional material. I also worked to book DJs and bands like George Clinton & Parliament, Spinderella, Questlove, Pete Rock, and DJ Lord (Public Enemy), to name a few.

I started at PlayNetwork in 2009 and continue to multitask, working with clients that span the retail landscape—fashion, home décor, hotels, bars and restaurants. I love discovering new music I know will work perfectly for one of my brand partners. And by far, the best part about working at PlayNetwork is being in a creative environment with a group of talented people.

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