Staff Albums of the Year 2018

Will B (Rough Trade Office)

Pretty criminal to have to leave out the likes of Daniel Avery, Chris Carter, Tirzah, Bill Ryder-Jones, Beak>, Maghreban, African Acid Is The Future, Mien, Anthony Naples, JD Twitch's comp and I could go on but anyway.

1. Various Artists - Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe (1980-1991)

Music From Memory have this amazing ability to compile a coherent yet varied set of tracks. Following Outro Tempo, one of my favourite albums from last year, I've not got sick of listening to this one since it came out. Who knew 80's pop was better than todays...

2. Skee Mask - Compro

The Illian Tape stalwart has really surpassed himself with this IDM masterpiece filled with 'herbal jams'.

3. Jon Hassell - Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Vol. 1)

Complete wizardry from the Fourth World - not exactly an easy listen, in fact its a bit of a headfuck, but a nice one.

4. Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still

This one has divided opinion, but it really is breathtaking stuff and even better live!

5. The Nude Party - The Nude Party

Amazing nostalgic psych-rock - 60's California, LSD, a hint of Lou Reed. (They're actually Australian)

6. Gabe Gurnsey - Physical

Thudding and squelching away, this just bangs so hard, thank you Gabe, thank you Phantasy Sound.

7. Pariah - Here From Where We Are

Absorbing textures, harmonies and mutations. Totally didn't see this dreamy LP coming from a the post-dubstep producer

8. Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On

Another sedating hour of music from one of the best bands ever - seeing them live for the first time this year was a highlight.

9. Various - Tropical Drums of Deutschland - Compiled by Jan Schulte

German rainforest vibes. Simply amazing...

10. Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Spooky and beautiful, House of Woodcock just makes me well up every time.