Naeemah Maddox | photo by Kev Steele | courtesy of the artist

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. Today, Key contributing writer John Morrison shares five haiku reviews of releases by his Philly friends.

2017 was a fantastic year for music in Philadelphia. As a lifelong resident of this city, I’ve been blessed to build relationships with many brilliant DJs, MCs, producers and musicians. To honor those relationships and to celebrate this incredible year of music, I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 favorite local releases, and written a short Haiku to capture the spirit of each.

1. Solarized – Thermo Dynamics of Life (Self-Released)

Utopian kids
Burning in the blogosphere
The shape of Punk now

2. Circadian Rhythms – A Peculiar Kind of Afternoon (Self-Released)

Life and Death play nice
The sun and moon share the sky
Hurry up and wait

3. Osage – AlgoRhythm Vol. 1 & 2  (Bastard Jazz)

Drums and synths and soul
Weigh so heavy on our minds
Broken beats made whole

4. Naeemah Maddox – Vile Tyrant & The Middle Man (Self-Released)

Love is ebb and flow
A tyrant that rules our hearts
At last, you caved in

5. Yikes The Zero – Doctor Molotov’s Gallery of Portals (Extra Lovely)

Raps open portals
Can’t Poison the sunlight, yo
Pariahs still dream