2018 was an exceptional year for music within our Bleep world, and with our top 10 albums, we have compiled what we consider to be the most important releases from across the board.
Taking the top spot is Tirzah's Devotion. No other album this year dominated our listening habits as much as the London-based singer-songwriter's, Mica Levi-produced, debut. Its universal appeal just can't fail to capture both your ears and your heart. Ilian Tape Soundboy Skee Mask delivered his most vital and concise depiction of jungle, techno, and ambient yet with Compro. While SOPHIE knocked us sideways with some very rubbery and experimental latex-clad ideas of what makes her brand of pop such an addictive pill to swallow. Another album from a post-genre world was Yves Tumor melting moments of skinny-jeaned indie, heartfelt romance, soulful RNB and harsh n0!se on Safe In The Hands Of Love, his Warp debut.
Chris Carter's first solo album in two decades offers a textbook lesson in how to craft innovative, mind-blowing electronic music. Kamaal Williams spun a rich tapestry of visionary jazz as filtered through the sounds and signals of South London Streets. Paper Dollhouse's The Sky Looks Different Here portrayed a spidery Lynchian electronica, beamed in direct from the rain-soaked streets of East London via Suffolk. Marie Davidson's Working Class Woman offered up crucial commentary on the night after night, club culture, setting the pace to an incredibly strong new beat/EBM-techno workout. While Pariah marked his first new material in over half a decade with the tranquil landscape of his ambient oeuvre Here From Where We Are. To round it off, Khruangbin’s dazzling fuzz guitar and heavy drums on Con Todo El Mundo, was easily the year's most heady soundtrack of classic soul, dub, and psychedelia.