HM, The London rapper’s 2018 mixtape heralded the arrival of perhaps the most intriguing artist in the game right now, with elements of house, hip-hop, grime, drill and beyond getting an airing on this tight release. This record is unique. Albums Of The Year 2018: 10-1. These are amongst the hardest tracks they’ve ever produced, a journey exemplified by the uncompromising ‘Champions of London’, proving longevity doesn’t always mean mellowing out. The arrival of ‘Sweetener’ 18 months later meant songs like ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ couldn’t help but be freighted with meaning, but the real revelation is how out-of-the-darkness joyous it sounds. News. And of those albums, Kanye’s own solo record is representative of the majority – it’s a patchy album, hastily put together, short (seven tracks) and contains some troubling lyrics (not least those on ‘I Thought About Killing You’). The Ye-produced record saw Pusha T utilise nearly every second of its 21-minute run time to fire off captivating and belligerent bars about drugs, guns and his dislike of Drake (to put it mildly). ‘Be My Mistake’ moves me to tears. SM, Contradictory, defiant, vulnerable and over-awed – Baltimore teenager Lindsay Jordan captured the universal experience of growing with this debut album of gusty indie rock. JB, After seven years away, Damon Albarn’s animated brainchild returned last year with the dense and sprawling ‘Humanz’. JB, The French duo’s debut album is a surreal synth-pop voyage that’ll give your head a little wobble in all the right ways. Its gentle piano-arpeggios and infectious gospel harmonies uplifted whilst its synth heavy, drone backdrop felt ominous, creating a mood that unsettles as much as it comforts. For fans of their earlier work, there was still plenty of experimentation and innovation with everything from scratchy electronica to dynamic spoken word. Con Todo El Mundo, title. For all of you who will criticise our choice of album of the year – of which I know there will be many – I implore you, give it a try. MC5, Pavement, Talking Heads, Squeeze, Neutral Milk Hotel – the record came across like a quick-change act of impeccable alt-rock references, yet was unmistakably Parquet, for its erratic/inspired melodic quirks alone. Pushing melody to the front like never before, frontman and drummer Isaac Holman even (gasp!) Thom Yorke. After a period in which her life has been presented as in flux (the death of Mac Miller, the failure of her engagement to Pete Davidson, dealing with PTSD), this is the sound of a pop hero saying ‘business as usual’ in the face of a storm. HM, A sleeper hit amongst the more tuned-in music fans, the slow blossoming success of Amen Dunes’ ‘Freedom’ couldn’t be more fitting. Now one of the biggest rappers in the world, ‘Invasion of Privacy’ tells the story of Cardi’s rise to the top. At once cerebral and appealing to your basic repetitive beat instincts, ‘Singularity’ – contrary to its name – is an album of endless layers, a rich soundscape of ideas to lose yourself in. JB, Vein’s debut album might hold some nostalgia for ’90s hardcore and nu-metal but it also tried to bring innovation to heavy music, adding breakbeats to the crushing mix of ear-battering riffs and rhythms and Anthony Didio’s throat-tearing growls. JB, Not since Yeah Yeah Yeahs burst out of Manhattan in the early 2000s in a blaze of fishnets and glitter has punk rock been as downright fun as this. List Aggregate. Turning her sorrow into glass, ‘Honey’ is an strangely euphoric, gentle giant of an album that attempts to make sense of the fall-out. ‘Bad Contestant’ is smooth as silk wrapped around a razorblade. Three months later, she underlined her quicksilver-pop instincts by releasing the positive break-up single ‘Thank U, Next’. JB, A Google-unfriendly name, for sure, but this Swedish lot are no joke – they make post-punk that tackles men’s role in upholding the patriarchy, masculinity and more. User Ratings. Euro dance beats, bubblegum production from PC Music, a rapper called MC Bin Laden – this is not a subtle album, but Tommy Cash is not a subtle man. Best new artist. Quirks? Whether she’s channelling country (the finger-picked ditty ‘Let’s Find An Out’) or veering into expansive alt-rock (the reflective weepie ‘Deep Sea’), it’s clear that Jordan is a young musician with a unique voice, her continued growth a journey that her fans will accompany her on. DS, Sprawling, hour-plus albums might be par for the course in hip-hop these days, but few hold the attention quite like ‘Dear Annie’, the long-anticipated debut from the Irish hip-hop prodigy Rejjie Snow. The early sessions for the ‘Pol’s sixth album ‘Marauder’ grew so rowdy that the police kicked them out of the rehearsal space they were borrowing from Yeah Yeah Yeahs. When Cardi B claims she’s set to take over the world, only a fool would doubt it. If anybody doubted her vocal prowess, the volcanic 35 minutes of soul-laced rap that follows more than proves them wrong. Continuing a recent Welsh tradition of … And this celebration of their marriage, the third part in the trilogy comprised of her album ‘Lemonade’ and his ‘4:44’, is both personal and political; boasts of their wealth are combined with observations on racial inequality, an implicit comment on their triumph against the odds. Or the burglar one. Yet the airy, amphetamine indie rock of debut album ‘Songs Of Praise’ allowed listeners a (slightly) less slimy passage into the scene, with glistening tracks like ‘Dust On Trial’ and ‘Tasteless’ counteracting the grot rock gore of ‘The Lick’ and the like. Jay-Z is really, really sorry for his bad behaviour! 2018 Year End Aggregate. With a clear – and surprising – love for the likes of Oasis and The Verve, the Californians broadened their sound, the chiming chords of Britpop lending tracks like ‘Keep This Up’ and ‘Upside Down’ a more sunny-side-up disposition than their past wares. Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) 81. critic score (24) 2019. It was held offline officially starting from 2009. GR, It’s surely long overdue that the transangelic community – people born knowing they’re illegally angels inside and transitioning with an operation to release their wings – should have their struggle documented in a leftfield alt-pop “queer outlaw saga” concept album. Songs of Praise, title. Song of the year. List Aggregate. Sounds like Jamie Cullum, but cool, you know? JB, The second album from Blackpool’s finest marked a huge step up. Drift's Albums of the Year 2018. 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