Albums Of The Year 2018

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Albums Of The Year 2018

If there's one thing music nerds love more than anything, it's a good list. We're no different, and read every list we see - websites, shops, magazines, customers, the lot - and still there's records we miss (can't listen to everything). This time next week this list of 50 could quite easily be 50 different records, and we wouldn't want it any other way. Don't let any of the 'real music' bores tell you nothing good comes out anymore, they're just not paying attention. Every one of these records is worth your time, even if it's 50th in the list, doesn't mean we love it any less than any of the others, it's just, y'know, we had to put them in some order otherwise it's just anarchy and we run a tight ship.

Here's a Spotify playlist with some tracks from our festive 50, dig in and hopefully find something you love (there's also a player at the bottom of this page). 

Low's 12th album, Double Negative, is a high point in an amazingly consistent career. An abstract, emotional and politically engaged wonder. From first listen you can tell this is a great record and it hasn't been off our turntable since. An album we played 5 times the day it came out, and pretty much that amount each day since. A record to get lost in over and over again. 

1. Low - Double Negative [BUY]

2. Sandro Perri - In Another Life [BUY]

3. Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow [BUY]

4. Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade [BUY]

5. Ghost Music - I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here [BUY]

6. Beak> - >>> [BUY]

7. Goatman - Rhythms [BUY]

8. Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile [BUY]

9. Chris Carter - Chemistry Lessons Vol.1 [BUY]

10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs [BUY]

11. Slows - A Great Big Smile From Venus [BUY]

12. Part Time - Spell #6 [BUY]

13. The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking [BUY]

14. Jon Hopkins - Singularity [BUY]

15. Moon Gangs - Earth Loop [BUY]

16. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard [BUY]

17. Binker & Moses feat. Evan Parker & Yussef Dayes - Alive In The East [BUY]

18. Nap Eyes - I'm Bad Now [BUY]

19. Bonny Doon - Longwave [BUY]

20. Liberez - Way Through Vulnerability [BUY]


21. Bill Ryder Jones - Yawn [BUY]

22. Sunwatchers - II [BUY]

23. Honey Hahs - Dear Someone, Happy Something [BUY]

24. DJ Koze - Knock Knock [BUY]

25. Michael Rault - It's A New Day Tonight [BUY]

26. Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On [BUY]

27. Papa M - A Broke Moon Rises [BUY]

28. The Sea & Cake - Any Day [BUY]

29. Beach House - 7 [BUY]

30. GAS - Rausch [BUY]

31. Pete Astor - One For The Ghost [BUY]

32. Laibach - The Sound Of Music [BUY]

33. Harmony Rockets - Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos [BUY]

34. J Mascis - Elastic Days [BUY]

35. Insecure Men - Insecure Men [BUY]

36. Julia Holter - Aviary [BUY]

37. Natalie Prass - The Future And The Past [BUY]

38. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In [BUY]

39. Josephine Foster - Fairy Faithful Harmony [BUY]

40. Value Void - Sentimental [BUY]

41. Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny [BUY]

42. Pram - Across The Meridian [BUY]

43. Half Japanese - Why Not? [BUY]

44. Father John Misty - God's Favourite Customer [BUY]

45. Salad Boys - This Is Glue [BUY]

46. Anna St Louis - If Only There Was A River [BUY]

47. Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast [BUY]

48. Shannon & The Clams - Onion [BUY]

49. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! [BUY]

50. RVG - A Quality Of Mercy [BUY]

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