This year in music has had many ups and downs. Many beloved artists are no longer among us and so many have made themselves known. There has been so much new music this year from so many different sources that it's often hard to follow. In the last 12 months, more than 100 notable dance music albums have been released and many of them are now fans' favorites, whether they are old or new.
It was very difficult to choose our Top 10 Albums of 2018 with so many contenders, but we think this list is a faithful representation of a wide range of styles and influences. Of course, not everyone will agree with our list and that's fine. However, it is clear that each of these albums has significance in 2018. Everyone has influenced many fans and for this they deserve to be recognized.
Here are the 10 best albums of your GED in 2018.
10. The Glitch Mob – See See Eyes
Featuring eleven titles, See Without Eyes exposes fans to the extremely classic vibrations of Glitch Mob, thanks to Boreta, Ooah and edIT. Not counting the singles already released, the album is full of surprises and well-known soundscapes. Although Glitch Mob is not totally different or updated from the one we left in 2014, fans will no doubt be delighted to add a new batch of releases to their collection.
9. Rezz – Certain types of magic
I would say that Certain Kind Of Magic feels more cohesive and more well-rounded than his first album, and this is to be expected only when expected and after working harder than ever. Having 13 and Kotek for the second album also gives a sense of continuity rather interesting, and additions of collaboration with not one but two producers of mysteries – 1788-L and Deathpact – give this album an intense air of mystery, well.
We have already stated how much we love "H E X", as well as the entire EDM community, but the other stars on the album are "Teleportal" with Kotek and "Toxin" with Fytch. The latter is actually our second favorite title on the whole album, because the combination of Fytch and Rezz is really a kind of dream. And since Rezz has never played the game in "Sirens Over Paris", I have the impression that this is long overdue anyway.
8. Golden Features – SECT
SECT is a totally coherent project that works well with each track, but even better as a whole. Each track, from the darkest "Medicate" to the most brilliant "Falling Out", works in tandem, creating a base on which the entire project can rest safely.
7. Getter – Visceral
Where dubstep and riddim tend to play exclusively for the club, Visceral is a collection of songs that tell stories, stories of heartbreak, rejection, unhealthy relationships, struggles, etc. These are by no means new concepts for music, but Getter certainly presents them in a new context. He teamed up with several artists from the album: Audio Opera, Allan Kingdom, nothing, nowhere., Sweetsound, Midoca, UL Name, Njomza, Party Nails and Joji, to name a few. – to express his thoughts well. and the result is spectacular.
6. G Jones – The Ineffable Truth
Saying that an album is a trip is often a crutch, a buzzword that we use when we mean that the pieces mingle and maybe tell a story. Or maybe it's a way to communicate with readers using a word they easily understand to ease some of the burden of our authors. But in the case of The Ineffable Truth, it's not an exaggeration or a crutch. In many ways, it is probably the most important bass music album of the decade. There is no fun for the crowd, no features, just pure sound and flawless creativity.
5. Zhu – RINGOS DESERT
It is difficult to conceive of a way in which ZHU could have created a more immersive and diverse experience within his own sound than he did on this album. Each song is undeniably ZHU, the result of a brand and soundscape carefully crafted since the launch of his remix of "Moves Like Ms. Jackson" four years ago. The sound he has chosen to present is new to his sound: greater risks, more varied instrumentation and a clearer sense of courage.
4. Steve Angello – HUMAN
Described as powerful, euphoric, mesmerizing and hypnotic – the producer expresses a range of musical styles on 21 incredible titles that your ears will love. Familiar songs such as "Rejoice" and "Breaking Kind" set the tone before venturing into sounds until then unknown, which Angello has perfected since all this time.
Heavy synths, gospel choruses, disturbing vibrations and low-heavy nuances tell the whole album. There is a permanent battle between light and darkness and a constant struggle to find peace. But overall, we hear with HUMAN an optimism that can only be explained by Angello's own story.
3. San Holo – album1
It is said that the 12-track album bridges the gap between progressive rock and dance music, using a style of arrangement that is very different from what most dance fans are used to. In addition, San incorporates his soft yet powerful guitar riffs into the mix for a deeply personalized production with signature sound associated with each note.
There is no doubt that the album takes a bit of getting used to. Take into account the usual format of live electronic music – the DJ set – album1 does not make much sense. Of course, this was never intended to be a DJ-only project. San has been on stage with his guitar for months now, giving fans a taste of what's coming.
2. RL Grime – Nova
The wait for RL Grime's second album, NOVA, began as soon as his first album, VOID, fell. The widely recognized king of the trap has always been beyond his namesake: he has explored dubstep, future bass and even drum & bass in many of his productions. But NOVA is really at its peak, as the 27-year-old is venturing into new sounds and personal expressions, many of which have never been heard from him before.
To say that VOID and NOVA are respectively night and day is not exaggerated. VOID was wearing an extremely dark shade, illustrated by some of its biggest tracks like "Core" and "Scylla". On the other hand, NOVA is a clearer and purer expression of happiness if we have ever seen one.
1. Rüfüs Du Sol – Solace
One of the main explanations of this sound is the transition from the major tone in Bloom to the majority tone in solace. This immediately gives the disc a more painful sound. At the same time, lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist gives an impression of dichotomy with his full tone of hope and his words. Rather than a monotonous sound, this juxtaposition of sounds creates a swirling mass of sound both optimistic and lost.
This dichotomy is incredibly present in every track and makes its way. This balance between dance floor music and emotional ballad is perhaps no more obvious than in "No Place". It's easy at one moment to dance and the next to cry painfully screaming the words like a void.
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