Cultural Bulletin
Cultural Bulletin is a quarterly magazine that provides an international view of creative work. We look to film, music, design and art as signifiers of our cultural moment.

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.


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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.

Read the full review


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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.

Listen to the full record.


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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.

Listen to the The Long Sleep here.

Read the full review


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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.

Listen to Low Power here.
Read the full review.


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Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

Label: Ninja Tune


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Accolytes - Rupture

Label: A L T E R


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Chihei Hatakeyama - Afterimage

Label: White Paddy Mountain


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RAIME - Am I Using Content Or Is Content Using Me?

Label: Different Circles


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VANLIGT FOLK - HAMBO

Label: Kess Kill/Kontra-Musik


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ARV & MILJÖ - SVENSK SOMMAR I STILLA FRID

Label: Omlott