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Top 50 Songs of 2018 – 30 to 21


  1. Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet remixes aren’t generally known for simplifying records, but with Opal he’s given the track a more accessible beat and brought the melody front and centre. It sounds great and has had me bopping my head along for nine months now.


  1. Billie Marten – Mice

Yorkshire singer Billie Marten provided the year’s most beautifully aimless and introspective track. Mice fills the senses with countryside; it transports you to rural settings far away from towns and cities. It’s such an internal track, you can feel the frustration and lethargy in both the music and the vocals.


  1. Art School Girlfriend – Distance (Blank)

Art School Girlfriend’s Into The Blue Hour was one of my favourite EPs of the year and Distance (Blank) was the second track on the EP. Full of electronic rumblings, introspection and claustrophobia, Distance (Blank) is a hugely impressive outing from the singer from North Wales.


  1. Robyn – Missing U

What a comeback single. Missing U sounded instantly fresh and yet familiar, reminding everyone how good she really is. Somehow combining optimism with crushing sadness, Missing U merely whet the appetite for music fans around the world in anticipation for – in my opinion – was the album of the year.


  1. SG Lewis, AlunaGeorge – Hurting

A straight up banger dripping in lust from the Lewis and AlunaGeorge combination. “Hurting for your body,Hurting for your body and your soul, You really got me searching, Begging for a way to make me whole” Aluna Francis pines over the beautifully simple electronics.


  1. GoGo Penguin – Raven

The inclusion of GoGo Penguins necessitates me eating a bit of humble pie. I completely hated their 2014 v2.0 album, and was very surprised when George – who previously wrote for Astral Penguins – recommended their latest work to me. “The piano sounds like Sister Bliss” he said, and indeed it does. Raven borders on being a dance track, and has a beautiful mixture of space and urgency.


  1. Billie Eilish, Khalid – lovely

The somewhat ironically titled lovely combines two of the most brilliant and exciting voices in music right now. Full of sadness, despair and tenderness, the sparse production simply allows the two vocalists to sing their sad tale.


  1. Black Futures – Trance

Trance is an orgy of rage. Sounding something like the end of the world, the track feels relentless. Every time you get a brief respite from the onslaught of the guitars and drums, you know it isn’t going to last, so just enjoy the chaos. The last two minutes or so of this track are probably the best I’ve heard all year.


  1. ZAYN – Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel sounds like INXS. Sensual vocals, sparse drums and catchy hooks, it has all the hallmarks that made Michael Hutchence and co such massive superstars in the 1980s. Nothing any of the former One Direction boys have done has come close to the pop perfection that is Sour Diesel.


  1. Travis Scott – SICKO MODE

I was very underwhelmed by Astroworld, Scott’s hugely successful 2018 album, but there’s absolutely nothing on SICKO MODE that I don’t love. A three-part masterpiece, it’s a triumph of hip hop production and shows that the genre keeps finding ways to push itself to the forefront of music.

This Week Playlist: 6 new tracks to tickle your ears


Every Monday we start the week as we mean to go on: six new(ish) tracks that we think are worth a few listens over the next seven days.

This week we have six tracks on our playlist. There are also four intriguing songs coming up as Tracks of the Day.

Here’s our This Week Playlist – enjoy!

Electric Guest – Back For Me

LA duo Electric Guest have a new album out in early March and this is the second single from it. Back for Me skips along with a relentlessly upbeat tone, propelled by beating percussion and one of the funkiest bass parts around. Simple, catchy and really rather good fun, this is an impressive little pop song.


HOMESHAKE – Every Single Thing

[Wikipeadia tells me] HOMESHAKE is the solo musical project of Montreal-based singer-songwriter and musician Peter Sagar. Every Single Thing is a shimmering r’n’b track with a disconcerting lo-fi meets synths dynamic. The vocals are impressive in their range and delivery, and yet it’s the cold aesthetic of the track that makes me want to keep this on repeat.


Khalid – Location (London Remix)

This is a re-released track from 2016 in which London MC Little Simz has added a few bars to what was already an impressive track. Khalid is blessed with one of those great soul voices that could be from any era of music. Location showcases that voice with silky moments of warmth mixed with the chilled out electronics underneath. Simz – fresh from her Sound of 2017 Longlist Nomination – is more tranquil than some of her other releases, but still sounds impressive – particularly in her second contribution.


Cold War Kids – Love Is Mystical

California 5-piece Cold War Kids are back with a new album due for release in April, and boy have they whet the appetite. Love Is Mystical is a cracking blues-inspired indie pop record that explodes with excitement. From it’s opening piano to it’s awesome chorus, everything is a little off-kilter and distorted; like it’s pounding out of a vintage jukebox where one of the speakers hasn’t quite stood the test of time.


Joe Goddard – Music Is The Answer

Joe Goddard – of Hot Chip fame – has already had one song appear on the blog this year, the awesome Soulwax remix of Crocodile Boots. Music Is The Answer is his latest single and it’s at the pop-end of the dance spectrum. Although it’s an immediately accessible track, there’s a depth to this track that I haven’t quite put my finger on: is there a sadness lurking behind the synths? I like how this track continues to evolve and find new elements to subtly shift the sound as it progresses.


Omni – Flashback

Something a little bit different to finish this week’s list. Montreal DJ and producer Omni put together an EP (Lunar) to feature in his recent performance at the Eclipse Festival (Lunar, Eclipse, geddit?) and Flashback is the second track on that EP. It’s dark, heavy and fairly relentless. Designed to blow minds in dark sweaty clubs at 3am, you’ll need a good set of headphones to take in quite how comprehensive the layers of sound are in Flashback.