MUSIC: RECORDS OF THE YEAR (2018)
When looking back over a year of music in 2018 it’s hard to rank order the best records. Some we’ve had time to live with and others we’re just getting to know. Below is a breakdown (in no particular order) of the records that have made the biggest impression on us in 2018.
See our 10 favourite records below and listen to our playlist featuring a track from each release.
STEVEN JULIEN - BLOODLINE
Label: Apron Recordings
A deftly crafted and addictive record that traced Julien’s own musical ‘bloodline’ whilst simultaneously paying tribute to Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi (Taro).
Following the release of Bloodline, Julien also put out a ‘Slowed Down’ version of the album which can be heard here.
BLOD - KNUTNA NÄVAR
Label: Förlag För Fri Musik
It is not a forgone conclusion that a Förlag För Fri Musik release will be available to hear digitally. For those who didn’t get chance to buy the vinyl version, there is currently for a full version of the record on YouTube.
JENNY HVAL - THE LONG SLEEP
Label: Sacred Bones
The Long Sleep looks to the transcendent and uplifting aspects of pop whilst exploring more of the subversive aspects of the consumer age. Finding a place for liberation whilst also using the vernacular to feel the limitations of our cultural landscape is what made this record resonate so deeply.
H.Takahashi - Low Power
Label: White Paddy Mountain
When talking to Architect and Sound Designer, H.Takahashi he explained that the title for his record Low Power referred to ‘a light so bright that it hurts’. No record has captured the relationship between 21st Century comfort and the deep malaise of contemporary life better than Low Power.
RAIME - Am I Using Content Or Is Content Using Me?
Label: Different Circles