As we rapidly approach the mid-way point of 2018, I have been looking back over the new albums I’ve listened to this year and decided to throw together a blog post. According to my own (very unscientific) tracking I have listened to 134 albums released this year so far. Of those 130+, there are 43 that I really enjoyed (scientifically marked in my notebook with a + symbol). From that 43, 21 have been marked with an additional plus (++) indicating to myself that I will probably want to return to them when compiling my albums of the year.

Those albums are, sorted vaguely by genre (just to help readers narrow down which they may want to check out), but in no particular order otherwise:

  • Shame – Songs of Praise
  • awakebutstillinbed – what people call low self esteem is really just seeing yourself the way other people see you
  • U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (also lending this post its header image)
  • Camp Cope – How to Socialise and Make Friends
  • Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
  • NIN – Bad Witch
  • Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile
  • Felix Blume – Death in Haiti
  • Kamaal Williams – The Return
  • Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
  • Various Artists (Gqom Oh) – The Originators
  • Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
  • Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
  • Pusha T – DAYTONA
  • A.A.L. – 2012-2017
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of
  • Skee Mask – Compro
  • Anenon – Tongue
  • Rival Consoles – Persona
  • Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  • Gang Gang Dance – Kazuashita