Jess' Favorite Music: 2018

I didn’t do my usual music zine best-of-list listen-thrus this year. I tried the more organic (read: less compulsive) approach of just letting Spotify and my friends recommend stuff. It felt a little lazy, but, man, Spotify really did a good job pointing me toward a bunch of great music, and my friends always have great taste. Here’s what played most:

Favorite Albums Released in 2018

  • Alina Engibaryan // We Are

  • Hablot Brown // Soulection Black Label: Hablot Brown

  • Louis Cole // Time

  • My Brightest Diamond // A Million and One

  • Parker Louis // All Good Things, Pt. 1 and 2

  • Snazzback // Hedge

  • Snowpoet // Thought You Knew

  • Tom Misch // Geography

  • Vulfpeck // Hill Climber

  • WILKES // Sam Wilkes

Favorite Albums Discovered in 2018 (Released Earlier)

  • Aaron Taylor // Better Days (2016)

  • Adult Jazz // Gist Is (2014)

  • Andrew Ashong // Andrew Ashong EP (2014)

  • Boom Clap Bachelors // Mellem Dine Laeber (2011)

  • Clarinet Factory & Alan Vitous // Out of Home (2010)

  • Dave Buker & The Historians // For Every Heartbreak (2015)

  • Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment // Surf (2017)

  • F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm // Tag Eins Tag Zwei (2016)

  • Funkmammoth // Night Shift (2017)

  • Hobo Johnson // The Rise of Hobo Johnson (2017)

  • Joon Moon // Moonshine Corner (2017)

  • Kiefer // Kickinit Alone (2017)

  • Knxwledge // Hud Dreems (2015)

  • Lambchop // FLOTUS (2016)

  • Nico Muhly & Teitur // Confessions (2016)

  • Noam Pikelny // Universal Favorite (2017)

  • Nomo // Upside Down / Nocturne EP (2010)

  • Steve Hauschildt // Strands (2016)

  • Stoop Kids // Already Out of Time (2015)

  • Stro Elliot // Stro Elliot (2016)

  • WONK // Castor (2017)

Jess' Favorite Albums of 2017

Here's the playlist.

Here's the list in alphabetical order:

After Laughter // Paramore
All Flowers // Space Captain
Amar Y Vivir // La Santa Cecilia
Beyond the Years EP // Diggs Duke
Dayyyyyyy // Diggs Duke
December Avenue // Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet
Drunk // Thundercat
Echolocations: River // Andrew Bird
Elevate // 30/70
Everybody Works // Jay Som
French Kiwi Juice // FKJ
From Deewee // Soulwax
The Gold String // Devon Sproule
Good for You // Aminé
Halo // Juana Molina
I // Niia
Jardín // Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Joan Shelley // Joan Shelley
The Kid // Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies // Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Ladilikan // Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet
Laila's Wisdom // Rapsody
Last Leaf // Danish String Quartet
The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone // Lee Ann Womack
Métropole // Anomalie
Mr Finish Line // Vulfpeck
No Shape // Perfume Genius
Onism // Photay
Out of Land // Emile Parisien, Vincent Peirani, Andreas Schaerer, Michael Wollny
Painted Ruins // Grizzly Bear
Palabras Manuales // Danay Suáres
Passin' Thru // Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Planetarium // James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly
Process // Sampha
Pure Comedy // Father John Misty
Remembrance // Diggs Duke
Twin Solitude // Leif Vollebekk
Villains // Queens of the Stone Age
Yes Lawd! // NxWorries

Jess' Favorite Music of 2016

Albums

  • "Awaken, My Love!" • Childish Gambino
  • Cloak • Jordan Rakei
  • Do Hollywood • The Lemon Twigs
  • Echo Chamber • Ash Walker
  • I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it • 1975
  • Let Them Eat Chaos • Kate Tempest
  • Malibu • Anderson .Paak
  • A Mineral Love • Bibio
  • Nonagon Infinity • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  • A Seat at the Table • Solange
  • See Us Through • Michelle Willis
  • Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit • Royal Canoe
  • Stateless • Tangents
  • Utopia Defeated • D.D Dumbo
  • Yes Lawd! • NxWorries
  • Zigzagger • Takuya Kuroda

EP's and Singles

  • Bad Hopes • Dead Horse Beats
  • For Marmish, Pt. 2 • Floating Points
  • Game Winner • Joey Dosik
  • In Memory • Space Captain
  • Sadie • Photay
  • Spec and Bubble • Bells Atlas
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