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END OF YEAR ROUNDUP: FIFTEEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

That gum you like is coming back into style...

With a rather sizeable 2019 planned, we present to you the very best of 2018. This list is your last point at which to look back, rather than forward. As sure as eggs is eggs. Milk is milk. Klopp is a shit Hassenhuttl. 2018 was a year most spectacular for us, and music itself. Study below our favourite 15 albums, and prepare for... The Return.


1.
TITLE: Now! in a Minute 
ARTIST: Audiobooks
LABEL: Heavenly
IN A SENTENCE: A simply perfect statement of deranged pop; funny, catchy, with surprises up every alley; Evangeline Ling is the shamanic pop provocateur we need, and beatmaker-in-chief David Wrench is the warlock we don't deserve.

2.
TITLE: Love is the Key to the City
ARTIST: Jockstrap
LABEL: Kaya Kaya
IN A SENTENCE: A sparkling clusterfuck of ol' Hollywood strings, PC Music sugar-rush pop and Mario Kart fantasia.

3.
TITLE: In A Poem Unlimited
ARTIST: U.S Girls
LABEL: 4AD
IN A SENTENCE: Velvet vocal hooks meet blistering space-funk on this wild ride of a pop rec.

4.
TITLE:
Pastoral
ARTIST: Gazelle Twin
LABEL: Anti Ghost Moon Ray
IN A SENTENCE: The only take on what it is to be English 2018 needed.

5.
TITLE: Your Queen is a Reptile
ARTIST: Sons of Kemet
LABEL: Impulse!
IN A SENTENCE: Supercharged jazz freakouts... two drummers... incredible horns... good pipes... My queen is Harriet Tubman, your queen is a reptile.

6.
TITLE:
It all worked out great (vol. 1 and 2)
ARTIST: LICE
LABEL: Balley
IN A SENTENCE: Gnarled, mangled art punk; pure poetry as fucked up as it ever need be.

7.
TITLE:
New Hymn to Freedom
ARTIST: Szun Waves
LABEL: the Leaf Label
IN A SENTENCE: Free, spiritual, all-consuming jazz; the kind of record you just want to swallow you whole.

8.
TITLE:
Devotion
ARTIST: Tirzah
LABEL: Domino
IN A SENTENCE: Ah, yet another record I wish to be swallowed whole by; texturally stunning, a 90s r&b dreamworld at its most fully realised.

9.
TITLE:
Dead Magic
ARTIST: Anna von Hausswolff
LABEL: City Slang
IN A SENTENCE: Powerful, obliterating record that fuses metal and opera and all the other good shit under the sun.

10.
TITLE:
Transangelic Exodus
ARTIST: Ezra Furman
LABEL: Bella Union
IN A SENTENCE: A heartbreaking album of transformation and allegory, Furman's songwriting is breathtaking and every song should be a hit.

11.
TITLE:
Soul on Fire
ARTIST: Dean Blunt
LABEL: s/r
IN A SENTENCE:
And my appetite is whet for Black Metal 2... 9 great songs, 15 great minutes, great.

12.
TITLE:
Immediate
ARTIST: D.U.D.S
LABEL: Opal Tapes
IN A SENTENCE: Grooving, red-eyed post-punk clangers that are so hypnotically razortight that this can be described only as humans working at optimum power.

13.
TITLE:
My Mother the Vent
ARTIST: Guttersnipe
LABEL: Upset The Rhythm
IN A SENTENCE: Like the Stewart Lee sketch in which powerful jet of sewage is fired out of their TV upon pressing 4 on the remote... pure filth, pure release.

14. 
TITLE:
A Laughing Death in Meatspace
ARTIST: Tropical Fuck Storm
LABEL: Mistletone / TFS Records
IN A SENTENCE: Dirty Aussie buggers, hit the right vein over and over... see our trax of the year.

15.
TITLE:
Goat Girl
ARTIST: Goat Girl
LABEL: Rough Trade
IN A SENTENCE: Hypnotic desert rock underworld, whereupon the realm of SE London is immortalised in sonic weird fiction.

From See You Mate, a happy year to all. See you in February.

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