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Kid in the Riot

Best Albums of 2018

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Link above to best albums of 2016 and 2015. I think @Red Dave did last year's thread.

So, it gives me great pleasure to start this year's proceedings with a BRISTOL band! Finally...

Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance 

Tory-hating punk, bringing pride back to left-wing snowflakes everywhere. Their year was topped off with a stunning performance of Danny Nedelko on Jools.

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Danger Mouse on production is usually a good sign and this funky, danceable effort from one of the best indie outliers is a hit from start to finish. Album opener is called "Total Football".

Robyn - Honey

Scandinavian dance-pop perfection. Will probably top a fair few album of the year charts.

Pusha T - Daytona

A great example of quality over quantity as this album is only about 22 minutes long. Gansta rap but with pop hooks aplenty.

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

Difficult to name many better British bands over the past decade. Even more stripped down than their previous efforts and devoid of any traditional pop structures. 

Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

Third LP from the amazing Janella Monae, the album draws you in with an intro featuring Brian Wilson and what follows is monumental. An insanely talented woman.

Noname - Room 25

Whimsical storytelling laid over live instrumentalism, breakthrough year for the female Chicago rapper.

Kali Uchis - Isolation

Inventive dance-pop from the American-Columbian artist. Listened to this a lot.

U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

A musically diverse album from an artist that's been around a while but that I hadn't heard of. Will be delving into her back catalogue given the quality of this album...

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Not usually my kind of thing but this country album is just immaculate and a lovely listen.

 

What's everyone else been listening to this year?

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😍

My blood brother is an immigrant
A beautiful immigrant
My blood brother's Freddie Mercury
A Nigerian mother of three
He's made of bones, he's made of blood
He's made of flesh, he's made of love
He's made of you, he's made of me
Unity
Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain
Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
My best friend is an alien (I know him, and he is)
My best friend is a citizen
He's strong, he's earnest, he's innocent
My blood brother is Malala
A Polish butcher, he's Mo Farah
He's made of bones, he's made of blood
He's made of flesh, he's made of love
He's made of you, he's made of me
Unity
Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain
Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
The D, the A, the N, the N, the Y
The N, the E, the D, the E, the L
The K, the O, the C, the O, the M
The M, the U, the N, the I, the T
The Y, the S, the O, the F, the U
The C, the K, the Y, the O and the U
And you, and you, and you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
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10 minutes ago, Kid in the Riot said:

😍

My blood brother is an immigrant
A beautiful immigrant
My blood brother's Freddie Mercury
A Nigerian mother of three
He's made of bones, he's made of blood
He's made of flesh, he's made of love
He's made of you, he's made of me
Unity
Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain
Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
My best friend is an alien (I know him, and he is)
My best friend is a citizen
He's strong, he's earnest, he's innocent
My blood brother is Malala
A Polish butcher, he's Mo Farah
He's made of bones, he's made of blood
He's made of flesh, he's made of love
He's made of you, he's made of me
Unity
Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain
Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
The D, the A, the N, the N, the Y
The N, the E, the D, the E, the L
The K, the O, the C, the O, the M
The M, the U, the N, the I, the T
The Y, the S, the O, the F, the U
The C, the K, the Y, the O and the U
And you, and you, and you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Danny Nedelko

Hands down my favourite album of the year (likewise Brutalism was in 2017). Have seen them live a couple of times - once earlier in the year in London and more recently in Bristol. Two of the best gigs I’ve been to in recent memory. Awesome live band!

I hadn’t realised until I saw them in Bristol that Danny Nedelko, other than being from a family of immigrants, is also the lead singer of fellow Bristol Band Heavy Lungs (who supported in Bristol and also sounded very good).

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Not been a great year for music for me but liked these:

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Based Hotel

Christine and the Queens - Chris

Years and Years - Palo Santo

The Achievers - Live at the SVA

Dream Wife – ‘Dream Wife’

Gorillaz - The Now Now

Parcels - Parcels

Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

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IDLES - Joy as an act of resistance 

Kali Uchis - Isolation

Travis Scott - Astroworld

Rejjie Snow - Dear Annie

Post Malone - Beerbongs and Bentleys 

 

 

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The only one I really got a chance to listen to & enjoyed was Tom Grennan’s - Lighting Matches. Seen him in Bristol a couple of months ago & while expecting it to be a fairly down beat gig, it was actually very upbeat.

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Father John Misty - Gods Favourite Customer 

Ben Howard - Noonday Dream 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs 

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Parquet Courts - wide awake was prob my fav album this year. Saw them at SWX in The centre the other day and they were great.

The album Microshift by Hookworms is also really good, especially the front half of it. Haven’t seen it mentioned in previous posts. I think they have now broken up as sounds like lead singer might have been involved in some shady behaviour.

love this time of year going through all the best of lists and checking out stuff I missed 

 

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3 hours ago, internetjef said:

Parquet Courts - wide awake was prob my fav album this year. Saw them at SWX in The centre the other day and they were great.

The album Microshift by Hookworms is also really good, especially the front half of it. Haven’t seen it mentioned in previous posts. I think they have now broken up as sounds like lead singer might have been involved in some shady behaviour.

love this time of year going through all the best of lists and checking out stuff I missed 

 

Hi mate, how are you?

I liked Hookworms album. What's this shady behaviour?!

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21 hours ago, Kid in the Riot said:

Hi mate, how are you?

I liked Hookworms album. What's this shady behaviour?!

I’m good thanks fella. 

I don’t know the ins and outs of it but looks like he got acused of sexually abusing a former girlfriend or something.

i haven’t read the whole backstory but there’s a bit on twitter and the band announced they were splitting with immediate effect cancelling remaining gigs etc.

 

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On 13/12/2018 at 22:47, Shtanley said:

IDLES - Joy as an act of resistance 

Kali Uchis - Isolation

Travis Scott - Astroworld

Rejjie Snow - Dear Annie

Post Malone - Beerbongs and Bentleys 

 

 

Rejjie Snow is class. Purple Tuesday made it into my top 5 listened songs throughout the year on Spotify which surprised me. Not had a proper listen to that album yet though

Blossoms 'Cool Like You' was my most listened to Album. 

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1 hour ago, Carey 6 said:

Rejjie Snow is class. Purple Tuesday made it into my top 5 listened songs throughout the year on Spotify which surprised me. Not had a proper listen to that album yet though

Blossoms 'Cool Like You' was my most listened to Album. 

I like blossoms new album but not enough to be a favourite of the year. How long will this last is my favourite song of theirs. 

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IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance

Jam Baxter - Touching Scenes

Lee Scott - Lou Reed 2000

Hock Tu Down - Hock Tu 3

 

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On 15/12/2018 at 12:00, David Brent said:

Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Don Broco - Technology

The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

 

 

 

I forgot to include DMA’s and ‘For Now’. Some will say it’s not as good as their debut...that just shows how fantastic their debut was. Anyway, it’s another solid album.

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