The Best Music of 2018

The Best Music of 2018

The concept of year end lists, or any sort of artist rankings, are often interesting but inherently flawed. While the concept of highlighting noteworthy works is itself quite valuable, specific numerical rankings tend to make me question the endeavor. While I think Tootsie, Clockwork Orange, and Saving Private Ryan are all great films, seeing them ranked in that order in the AFI top 100 films list just seems like an argument waiting to happen.

Rather than produce a definitive list, my presentation of the best music of the year is more cohesive than it is comprehensive. This selection of indie, hip hop, experimental, and dance music provides a general sense of what I consider to be the most notable highlights from an arguably unremarkable but nonetheless enjoyable year in music.

Fahrland – Yesterday
Suuns – Make It Real
Kids See Ghosts feat. Mos Def – Kids See Ghosts
Yaeji – One More
Bella Boo – Fire Fire
Galcher Lustwerk – Warm Cake
Robyn – Baby Forgive Me
Planningtorock – Transome
Chromatics – Camera
Connan Mockasin – Last Night
Men I Trust – Show Me How
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
Astronauts, Etc. – The Room
Tirzah – Gladly
Blood Orange – Charcoal Baby
Tierra Whack – 4 Wings
Travis Scott – R.I.P. SCREW
Young Echo – Here
Raime – See Through Me, I Dare You
Carla Dal Forno – Summertime
Yves Tumor feat. James K – Licking An Orchid
James Blake – Don?t Miss It
Sophie – It?s Okay To Cry
The 1975 – Mine
E Ruscha – Who Are You
Kamasi Washington – Testify
Moodymann – Pitch Black City Reunion
George FitzGerald – Passing Trains (Kornel Kovacs Remix)
Toro Y Moi – Freelance
CHAI – Flat Girl
Nine Inch Nails – Over and Out
Poison Arrow – Casa Show

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