December 7, 2018

We’re not quite at the end of the year, but a playlist as stressful as this can’t take place too close to Christmas. As much of a pleasure as it may be to spend hours sifting through the mountains of music that’s come our way over the last twelve months, it’s also an ordeal. How do you choose which to keep on the list and which to discard?! No, there’s no good reason to have that kind of anguish sapping our festive spirit.

We roped in a couple of contributors to shift some of the stress from our shoulders to theirs; so thank you Jose, Brent, Davy, Jo, Gijs. They were restricted the number of tracks they could pick and those strict parameters yielded some fantastic results.

Some bands are best appreciated in album form, and some can create stand alone firecrackers, we get that. So, consider this list as a guide to the artists that we have been diggin’ the most throughout the year and the tracks we feel represent them the best.

A few of these tracks will have popped up on other playlists through the year, and many of the artists will be familiar to you already, we’re pretty sure of that. So, this week’s playlist is perhaps one that is not so much about discovery, but a little more about reflection. 2018 has been an incredible year for music, and  having had a few sneak peeks of what 2019 has in store, we have no doubt that this time next year we’ll be feeling the same anguish as we whittle down the pile once again.

-Becky Laverty

If you’d like to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

(In a bit of a switch-around to how these are normally listed, this week’s is SONG – BAND – ALBUM)

Marijuanaut’s Theme – Sleep – The Sciences

Don’t You Dare – Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit

Maldoror’s Love – Årabrot – Who Do You Love

Not Enough – Louise Lemón

Satan In The Wait – Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

Shockwave City – Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland

Beauty In Falling Leaves – YOB – Our Raw Heart

Denial – Pijn – Loss

Way Ahead – Mythic Sunship – Another Shape of Psychedelic Music

Kim – Sherpa – Tigris & Euphrates

The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra – Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic

For My Crimes – Marissa Nadler – For My Crimes

Fireworks – First Aid Kid – Ruins

Believe – Amen Dunes – Freedom

Vacant – Zola Jesus – Okovi: Additions

Baby I’m Bleeding – JPEGMAFIA – Veteran

Sickly Heart of Sand – The Body – I have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.

Revenge Porn – Svalbard – It’s Hard To Have Hope

The Hammer – Thou – Inconsolable

Fever Dreams – Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses

Control – A.A.Williams –

Pynk – Janelle Monáe feat. Grimes – Dirty Computer

Face The Fire – Boy Harsher –

Hvernig kemst ég upp? – Kaelan Mikla – Nott eftir nott

Exil – TERRITOIRE – Alix

Heriwalt – Iskandr – Euprosopon

This Unabating Wakefulness – Mizmor