Resident Advisor's Best Albums of 2018

Resident Advisor's Best Albums of 2018

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Anthony Naples - Take Me With You

Anthony Naples - Take Me With You
November 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
1 review

Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4

April 26, 2018
Critic Score
89
4 reviews

Borusiade - A Body

Borusiade - A Body
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
78
1 review

De Leon - De Leon

De Leon - De Leon
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
78
1 review

Deena Abdelwahed - Khonnar

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

Demdike Stare - Passion

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

DJ Healer - Nothing 2 Loose

April 1, 2018
Critic Score
86
4 reviews

Nothing 2 Loose borrows from religion an emotional heavy-handedness that many listeners will find hard to accept. (I've personally heard the word "cringe" thrown around even among people who generally like it.) But that feeling, an utterly uncool pureness of sincerity, is essential to this music.

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

The genius of Stefan Kozalla is that he can sound euphoric one minute and heartbroken the next. Moods across Knock Knock shift quickly, from melancholy to blissful and back again, sometimes within the same track. The emotional range is remarkable, but that's nothing new for the German artist.

Grouper - Grid of Points

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

On Grid Of Points these passages, and the silences in between, invite deep exploration.

Hunee - Hunchin' All Night

Hunee - Hunchin' All Night
April 9, 2018
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

HVL - Ostati

July 0, 2018
Critic Score
82
1 review

JK Flesh - New Horizon

JK Flesh - New Horizon
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
84
1 review

Julia Holter - Aviary

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Holter has always taken pop and presented her own masterful version of it. But her desire to break through the distressing clatter of the present is what makes Aviary her most captivating album yet.

Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

Vynehall's sense of musicality and use of instrumentation had begun to stand out in recent years ... but on Nothing Is Still he takes a huge step forwards.

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

It's a tragicomic pop statement with a radical subtext: just because you're succeeding doesn't mean the system isn't fucked.

Martyn - Voids

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

Objekt - Cocoon Crush

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

For all its mind-melting attention to detail, Hertz's music has rarely sounded so evocative.

Pendant - Make Me Know You Sweet

January 19, 2018
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

It's hard to tell how to feel about this music, which is part of what makes it so powerful.

Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

Throughout Honey, the pure, raw emotion that has always defined Robyn's music is still there. Now, she's just dancing to a different beat.

Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

serpentwithfeet - soil

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

Since his 2016 EP, blisters, Wise has evolved from histrionic oversharer to keen songwriter with a sharp wit. On his debut album, soil, those qualities bloom on tightly written pop songs that probe his innermost fears, neuroses, queer insecurities and desires.

Shinichi Atobe - Heat

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

Silvia Kastel - Air Lows

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

Skee Mask - Compro

May 15, 2018
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

With Compro, his second album as Skee Mask, Müller pulls back slightly from the '90s breakbeat sound he's known for. This time he dips into ambient music, IDM and jungle with an atmospheric lean, creating some of the most powerful yet restrained cuts in his catalogue.

SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, SOPHIE's first proper album, presents her artistic vision in a purer form than anything she's done before.

Specter - Built To Last

Specter - Built To Last
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
1 review

Surgeon - Luminosity Device

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
74
2 reviews

Luminosity Device isn't a perfect Surgeon LP ... But in the music's detail and delivery you can feel how Child has mastered these errant, infinitely complex machines.

Tim Hecker - Konoyo

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
Hecker remains irreducible as a composer. At times, he brings to mind an ice sculptor, carving out staggering shapes from giant blocks of sound that feel crushingly heavy even as they seem to melt away.

Tirzah - Devotion

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

It's striking how simple and affecting Devotion is as a whole. At a time when so much music is political and intellectualized, Tirzah's sincerity and candor is a breath of fresh air.

Various Artists - Kulør 001

October 11, 2018
Critic Score
82
1 review

Various Artists - 15 Years Of The Bunker

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
86
1 review

Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love

September 5, 2018
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

Yves Tumor joins the likes of Arca and SOPHIE at the vanguard of experimental pop.

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