🔝 Favourite albums of 2018 so far?


Confidence Man is flying up the ranks with mine after a couple more listens. Actually prefer the second half as it just descends into a sprawling dance frenzy. There’s a real Screamadelica era Primal Scream feel to ‘Out The Window’ too, which I’m liking. But the whole thing is loadsa fun


Woah woah woah!



Momma Mia! Easy muchacho.


Anthroprophh - Omegaville
The Final Age - The Final Age
Minami Deutsch - With Dim Light (although mainly because I like the songs live)


I downloaded NTS 4. Lovely stuff. That hour long drone track, especially when listened to on a late night train journey, is great.

I decided to push the boat out and get NTS 3. It is nothing short of incredible. It’s been in repeat virtually all week. tt1pd is an absolute monster of a tune.


Brillo! Delighted you like it :slight_smile: I have entire days now where, if I’m not sure what to listen to whilst working, I put the entire 4 sessions on and know that’s my entire day’s listening set. I don’t think I found Elseq quite as compelling as these tracks.



  1. The Family Crest - The War: Act I
  2. Kindo - Happy However After
  3. Grimus - Unmanageable Species
  4. Typhoon - Offerings
  5. The Gloomcatcher - Blade in the Belfry [EP]
  6. Long Distance Calling - Boundless
  7. Galactic Cowboys - Long Way Back to the Moon
  8. Kimbra - Primal Heart
  9. Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs
  10. In Vain - Currents
  11. The Dear Hunter - All Is as All Should Be [EP]
  12. Esperanza Spalding - Exposure
  13. Kai Danzberg - Pop-Up Radio
  14. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pacifisticuffs
  15. The Faceless - In Becoming a Ghost
  16. U2 - Songs of Experience
  17. Tax the Heat - Change Your Position
  18. Between the Buried and Me - Automata I [EP]
    19, StellaRoma - Revel and Ritual
    (for some reason it renumbered this list here having two #19’s)
  19. Inferi - Revenant
  20. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
  21. Field Music - Open Here
  22. Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age
  23. God is an Astronaut - Epitaph
  24. Umbrellaman - Volcano Beach [EP]
  25. Harakiri - Alchemy Choir
  26. Umphrey’s McGee - It’s Not Us
  27. Nicholas Krgovich - In an Open Field

Haven’t Listened

The Dang Ol’ Tri’ole - Dang!
Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
Jeremy Messersmith - Late Stage Capitalism
The Decemberists - I’ll Be Your Girl
Yossi Sassi and the Oriental Rock Orchestra - Illusion of Choice


My Top Ten (adjusted to include albums that I’ve only heard a few times…but are already having a big impact), in no particular order:

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
Against All Logic - 2012-2017
Beach House - 7
Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden
Loma - Loma
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Saba - Care for Me
Nils Frahm - All Melody
Shopping - The Official Body

Got Jon Hopkins, Grouper, Iceage, Hop Along and Rival Consoles on a “To Listen to” playlist…so 2018 is shaping up nicely.


I have fallen heavily for the Khruangbin album


I think it’s because you’ve accidentally put a comma instead of a full stop after the 19


Thanks to all those recommending The Family Crest album (War - Act I). It’s startling how little press/online attention this is getting…at least the boards are paying attention. This is filling the hole that The Decemberists have vacated for the last 10 years-or-so


Even when I’m not listening to the Autechre NTS sessions, I’m thinking about them. Just incredible. Only gone in on NTS 1 and 4 so far because I want to listen to each a few times so that it actually stays with me. 4 is gorgeous. Texture is something I really appreciate in music, so I knew I would be a sucker for that drone track but still holy fuck how is it so good?! I put that on my stereo tonight and just played it as loud as I dared to and it was fantastic. Ambient like that, especially at the end of an album can feel cheap and tacked on, but Autechre made it feel purposeful and transcendental.

I haven’t given NTS 1 quite as much attention yet but on my first listen I was surprised by how clubby/dancey some of it was. The second hour seemed especially good.


Iceage is the one for me so far, it’s ticking all the boxes


thanks for mentioning it. Agreed on the lack of press and The Decemberists.


Adding to this

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
Christian Fitness - Nuance - The Musical
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace


coming up to the midway point lads:


Gave Typhoon a go based on this thread and it’s not for me. Really, really long and I’m not really getting all the comparisons. Sad!


Revisiting the albums I’ve enjoyed so far this year has made me realise that this is shaping up to be a bumper year :+1:


it’s an hour long…?

what would you compare it to? as I’ve said before it took a couple listens before it really clicked with me.


How did you get topster2 to work? The drag and drop set up isn’t happening for me!