Here are some singles and albums which didn’t make our Top 10, but we felt we had to mention.
This song creates fun. It exemplifies the media culture of 2018 while making me wanna dance my heart out.
Shake has such a unique vibe. GOOD music has found a real gem here and after stealing the show on Ye, her full studio album can’t come quick enough.
To think flamenco could be flipped in to one of the most originally modern sounds surprised me and the rest of the world with this international hit. Rosalía has won me over.
The standout track off Sweetener, ‘get well soon’ is dedicated to the victims of the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert last year. She handles this theme with the maturity and empathy it deserves, while also creating something truly heartfelt and special for those directly affected.
Berhana has the funk. To use it to share a story about recklessness when attempting a moment in the limelight has me entranced in his crystalized verse every time I hear it.
This song about the poor treatment of women in the music industry is as liberating as it is jammable. This is the best ‘fight the power’ song of the year, and if that’s not a category yet I’m making it so.
Though I’m not from here, Philly feels like home, so I love any bands that make it look great. This song shares heartbreak in a completely realistic way, while making it some dope rock.
Mr Gibbs gives a visceral banger alongside the prison-bound 03 Greedo which includes the line “Fuckin up some sushi wantons with the duck sauce.” Bar.
Mitski may be lonely but she doesn’t need anyone to help her fix that. She makes that clear on her single off Be the Cowboy - the sentiment behind this defiant, modern disco classic.
Rico Nasty is a tiny woman with huge talent and attitude eerily reminiscent to Missy Elliot. Kenny Beats does not shut up about working with her and I think she’s poised to work with some really big names in the coming year. Her Nasty album was bursting with attitude, but I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next.
You can tell that this was GREEDO’s last tape before serving life imprisonment. It is equal parts angsty, depressive, and yet self-assured of the hardships he’s about to face. One of the most moving trap projects I’ve ever listened to, despite its light surface.
Julian Casablancas’ post-Strokes group delivers an album which can only be described as a perfect mix between sickly sweet pop and alt-metal. Its REALLY interesting, and the singles are super catchy. A band that I always am wanting more people to listen to.
I had the pleasure of seeing Kali Uchis live on her Isolation Tour and it is perhaps the best show I went to this year. She can only be described as a star, and if she hasn’t already, she’s going to blow up even more when she works with the right people.
JPEGMAFIA’s (and therefore my) favourite band. One of the most interestingly produced albums of the year, no doubt. Tracks alternate between the chaotic and ordered, leaving not a single dull moment throughout.
This album got me in to a music genre I previously thought was made up of douchebag dj’s. I am now obsessed with the immensely intricate and danceable tunes of Nicolas Jaar forever.
If Carti’s debut album was him showing us what we should expect from the new wave of mumble rap, Die Lit was him showing us how great it can be. With the amazing production of Pierre Bourne, Carti’s infectious hooks and well-chosen collaborations create an album of straight bangers.
I got the chance to see Rhye perform this album live this year; I have never seen a man keep an audience so entranced. This is the new wave of baby making music, and I love the mood this album can create through simple funk with some rather raunchy lyrics.
I only discovered this album a few weeks ago, but it has been played constantly since for its succinct ability to just produce a powerful sense of euphoria and personal understanding. I am always a fan of female-led rock bands, and this one may take the cake for me this year.
One of my personal finds of the year. The Toronto duo blend emo and 2000s pop-rock elements with more modern production techniques. If you’re bored of BROCKHAMPTON, check these guys out.
This album rocks out while making me remember every anxiety-induced thought about how people I’m attracted to see me, but in the best way possible. A great DIY sound from a beautiful voice with a knack for catchy riffs.