20 songs, 1 hr 33 min, 6 min reading time.
From his excellent album Oxnard, this really cool jazzy R’n’B track is a delight.
Album: “Oxnard” (2018)
Label: Aftermath Entertainment
2) “Still D.R.E.” – Sly5thAve
Fantastic jazz rendition of Dr. Dre’s brilliant track. The whole album The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre is well worth your time.
Album: “The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre” (2017)
Label: Tru Thoughts
A gem of a tune with fantastic accompanying singing from Petite Noir.
Album: “Material” (2017)
4) “Candid” – Kllo
Intricate poppy effort that drifts along effortlessly.
Single: “Candid” (2018)
Label: Ghostly International
5) “Otis” – The Durutti Column
Brilliant track from the late 80s with a great guitar riff throughout.
Album: “Vini Reilly” (1989)
Label: London Music Stream
Modest but brilliant dance track.
Single: “Feeling Free (Laurence Guy Remix)” (2018)
7) “IT WAS MEANT 2 BE” – KAYTRANADA
Brilliant new release from Kaytranada.
EP: “NOTHIN LIKE U / CHANCES” (2018)
8) “Say, Can You Hear” – Men I Trust
Cool, rocky tune with intriguing lead vocals.
Single: “Say, Can You Hear” (2018)
Interesting piano that works the song along.
10) “Drown” – Mk.Gee
Two brilliant albums from Mk.Gee in one year proving he has great output. This tune has a fantastic chorus.
Album: “Fool” (2018)
Label: Orchard Ears
11) “November” – Babeheaven
Went through a poppy stage this month and this is one of the great outcomes from that.
Single: “November” (2018)
12) “Hearts Beating in Sync” – Acoustic – VRWRK
These guys recently took to Cornwall to record some acoustic releases of their tunes and this is a great piece still showing the importance of acoustic instruments.
Single: “Hearts Beating in Sync (Acoustic)” (2018)
Label: Run Tell Secrecy
13) “The Walker – Recorded at RAK Studios, London” – Christine & The Queens
Cool live rendition proving Spotify are killing it with their live pieces and highlighting Christine & The Queens have had a great year.
Single: “Spotify Singles” (2018)
Label: Because Music
14) “thank u, next” – Arianna Grande
Mainstream pop done in a brilliant way. Catchy, interesting and you want to listen to over and over.
Single: “thank u, next” (2018)
Label: Republic Records
Shorter, easier to listen to version that highlights the really nice strings lick.
EP: “Didn’t I – EP” (2014)
Label: Ubiquity Recordings
I heard remixes of the track before finally checking the original. This is really nice, easy listening.
Album: “Kingdoms In Colour” (2018)
Label: Counter Records
17) “Luminous Beings” – Jon Hopkins
In homage to his outstanding Fabric night on 21 December where he played out his set with this song to fantastic applause from the crowd. What an album also, a highlight of 2018.
Album: “Singularity” (2018)
Label: Domino Recording
18) “Smile” – Sampology
Groovy and playful, leaving you with a smile on your face while listening. Pure joy.
Single: “Smile” (2018)
Label: Middle Name Records
19) “Everything Apart” – Foxwarren
Pulsating song where the beat drags you along. Accenting on the lyrics accompanies the rhythm and beat perfectly.
Album: “Foxwarren” (2018)
During The Beast of The East earlier in the year I couldn’t stop listening to Djoukourou – Auntie Flo Remix by Oumou Sangaré. Although this isn’t on the same level for me I still really like the African singing on this song and the way Sampha takes it.
Album: “Mogoya Remixed” (2018)
Label: No Format!