Greetings one and all. As 2018 exits stage left, we begin our roundup of the year that saw us come into existence. Many things have come, many things have gone, but as we look back on the year these 10 songs remain the best things to grace our ears. They are unordered.
Song: THE FUTURE OF HISTORY
Artist: TROPICAL FUCK STORM
Label: Mistletone / TFS Records
In a sentence: Filthy Aussie buggers, feral in their descriptions of Gary Kasaparov and Deep Blue's amazing duels of the 90s.
Label: Kaya Kaya Records
In a sentence: Glorious, glorious pop tones; Super Mario, 'Sunset Boulevard' and PC Music rolled into one.
Artist: SZUN WAVES
Label: The Leaf Label
In a sentence: Transportative free jazz from one of the best jazz combos in the Big Smoke.
Song: THE BOOMBOX AFFAIR
Artist: PARANOID LONDON
In a sentence: Latest Paranoid London song, and it's plain to see that they're filthy and groovy and thunderous as ever.
Song: ONLY ACTING
Artist: KERO KERO BONITO
In a sentence: KKB's move away from sugar sweet pop and bring in this tyrannical Dinosaur Jr influence... and it really, really works.
Artist: BLACK MIDI
Label: Speedy Wunderground
In a sentence: Undeniably the best band in London reaching towards their heady best... but, what's exciting is that it's still a way off their live shows.
Song: BEEFY DANNY
In a sentence: Jutting, angular electronics meet Evangeline Ling's unhinged spoken word fury.
Artist: JERSKIN FENDRIX
In a sentence: Godly mix of pop-noir darkness and joyous irony-free europop from the South London glitch savant.
Song: THEME FROM FAILURE PT. ONE
Artist: THE GUEST
In a sentence: Our 'Pick of the Pile' when reviewing recent tracks for Issue One... ultimately the funniest, saddest and in many ways most empowering track to grace my ears this year.
Song: INCIDENTAL BOOGIE
Artist: U.S. GIRLS
In a sentence: Mutant disco banger from the velvet palace that is Meg Remy's 6th album as U.S. Girls.
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We will return shortly with our albums of the year for 2018.