Our favourite music in 2018. This episode we return with a brand new topic apart from the usual movies, video games and television. It’s our first all music episode where we discuss the albums and artists that got our interest in 2018. We explore genres as diverse as technical death metal to JRPG soundtracks. Listen in to what we were listening to in 2018.
I see dead people
First, we talk Kids See Ghosts, the self-titled collaborative project of Kid Cudi and Kanye West. Shafique’s favourite hip-hop album of the year, the album pushes boundaries and highlights the production skills of Cudi and West. Our favourite track is the sublime Reborn with its smooth flow and a laid-back beat.
The rap god returns
Next, we talk about Kamikaze, the surprise album from the rap god Eminem. A redeeming work that dropped unexpectedly with little to no announcements of a work in progress. Though it doesn’t entirely wash away the mixed feelings of the polarising Revival released the previous year. This album is in our opinion a return to form and evidence that Eminem is on his way up again. Favourite track is the album opener The Ringer with the emcee taking shots at other artists in his trademark acerbic and antagonising way.
Strange fruit indeed
In addition, Eccentric Tom brings up his favourite album of 2018, Stranger Fruit by Zeal and Ardor. On one hand, the band has made a mark on the metal scene by blending negro spirituals with black metal. Though some might find a reason to question the band’s legitimacy. Their second full-length release from the Swiss-American group has many in the metal community talking about it being the album of the year. To illustrate check out the trackServants, a compelling and infectious groove driven dirge that rips and roars.
Rivers of intertwining instruments
Furthermore, Shafique keeps the metal theme going, by mentioning his favourite metal album of 2018, Where Owls Know My Name by technical death metal act Rivers of Nihil. The band has been known to be heavily experimental with song arrangements and choice of instrumentation. For example, the album title track Where Owls Know My Name is a dense tapestry of acoustic moodiness that blends into crushing riffs. In addition, the tune is topped off with surprising saxophone interludes.
Best videogame OST 2018
Finally, Mr Toffee recommends the soundtrack to Octopath Traveller, our favourite video game soundtrack of 2018. The music harks back to the traditional melodies of classic JRPGs such as Final Fantasy. We heavily recommend the sweeping Battle 2 a triumphant and bombastic orchestra driven charge with gorgeous violins.
Sweet as honey
And rounding up the discussion, Shafique recommends Honey from Swedish songstress Robyn. A shimmering pop album that features stellar production and songwriting. It’s been eight years since her last release Body Talk and this album shows the singer maturing while remaining relevant.
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