There’s a lot of great new music out there and here’s some full lengths and singles that caught my attention this year.
In no particular order here are but a few of the records that stood out to me this year…
Kellindo “When Flowers Could Dance” single
Kellindo Parker’s debut single has already gotten a lot of attention, and if you have seen him live either solo or with Janelle Monae, there is no question—we’re going to be hearing a lot more from this talented guitarist. Look for his full-length this year. I call his music Glam Funk because it sounds like Bowie jamming with P Funk. This tune is more on the Glam side of things, and that’s no complaint here.
Thom Yorke –Suspiria Soundtrack
Being a fan of the original film and corresponding soundtrack by Italian Prog-Rockers The Goblin, I was pleasantly caught off guard at how much I enjoyed the remake (re-telling?) of the original film. Likewise, Yorke did a brilliant job with this.
ACTORS Self Titled
I am usually wary of bands that recall the sound of some of my favorite post-punk bands. In this case, the hints of early New Order and Sisters of Mercy didn’t drive me away, probably because they’ve done something of their own with the sound. Start with the haunting video to We Don’t Have to Dance and then explore the rest of the album…
Reade Truth – Wires Everywhere-Full Length
Well, anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that this is on my list after listening to this album. I’ve always been a fan of the darker side of techno and Reade doesn’t let up on this anticipated release. Check his band camp site to give this a listen.
Various Artists–Babylon Berlin Soundtrack
Technically, this came out in Nov 2017, but I’m going to let it slide and count it for 2018. The 3LP vinyl set is brilliant.
Featuring music by Bryan Ferry and his Jazz Orchestra, the standout track is this gem:
If you haven’t seen the mini-series check it out. Some amazing work.
Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Bitter Sweet (Full Length)
The packaging is absolutely fantastic. Musically, I’m particularly impressed with what he did on “Boys and Girls” which is one of many of my absolute favorites. I thought it was clever how there’s that hint of the famous riff from “Carmen” in there, when the original had that unmistakable drum click reminiscent of from Pink Floyd’s “Time” . To me it showed a bit of thought, like “what song or riff would have influenced this track instead of “Time” had the song been written in the Jazz Age”. Perhaps that’s me reading more into it just because I am such a big nerd music listener. Hahaha
“New Town” and “Limbo” are also favorites here, so I was excited to see both represented, Of course, “Bitter’s End” sort of evoked that jazz era I always thought at least, so that’s a natural fit.
Gorillaz-The Now Now – Full length
Fujiya & “Miyagi-Subliminal Cuts” -single
Big Joanie-“Fall Asleep”(single)
This single has really gotten under my skin. They are great live—I caught them as a support for Parquet Courts and loved the live set.
Chaka Khan -“Like Sugar” (single)
is amazing too. This was THE song of the summer of 2018 for me
The Internet – Hive Mind (full length)
Featuring this hit Come Over this band gives me hope for R&B/Hip Hop
Calexico The Thread The Keeps us (full length)
The Orb “Rush Hill Road” Single
Since the debut “Little Fluffy Clouds” decades ago, Dr Alex Patterson has consistently delivered great tunes. Rush Hill Road gets back to his dub-tacstic roots
David Bowie –Never let me Down (reimagined 2018)
Jungle-For Ever-Full length
I loved their debut a few years ago, and the first single, Happy Man really caught my attention. Great full length listen.
This is just good fun and what’s not to like about Lizzo?!