Records of the Year 2018


Issue 16 of Deluxe is out now in all good record shops.

For this year’s “top 100” end of year edition, we spent the longest possible window re-listening to things and double-checking that coffee, alcohol and chilled combinations of both coffee and alcohol hadn’t given us a warped perspective on how good the riffs are on White Denim’s Performance, the incredible sounds that Nils Frahm managed to record on All Melody, the monolithic weight of the guitars on Sleep’s The Sciences, and ultimately whether we were indeed correct in omitting Natural Rebel from the top 100. Always go with your guts, but the guts in your ears... you know?

Below is our list of the top 100 albums released in 2018. You can buy them all at Drift.

 

100

Gaz Coombes

World's Strongest Man


Mountain Man Magic Ship

96

Mountain Man

Magic Ship


Kathryn Joseph From When I Wake The Want Is

92

Kathryn Joseph

From When I Wake The Want Is


Marie Davidson Working Class Woman

88

Marie Davidson

Working Class Woman


The Beths Future Me Hates Me

84

The Beths

Future Me Hates Me


Tirzah Devotion

80

Tirzah

Devotion


Michael Rault It's A New Day Tonight

76

Michael Rault

It's A New Day Tonight


Value Void Sentimental

72

Value Void

Sentimental


Ryley Walker Deafman Glance

68

Ryley Walker

Deafman Glance


Lucy Dacus Historian

64

Lucy Dacus

Historian


Yves Tumor Safe In The Hands Of Love

60

Yves Tumor

Safe In The Hands Of Love


apostille choose life

56

Apostille

Choose Life


52

The Orielles

Silver Dollar Moment


Jon Hopkins Singularity

48

Jon Hopkins

Singularity


Laurence Pike Distant Early Warning

44

Laurence Pike

Distant Early Warning


Soccer Mommy Clean

40

Soccer Mommy

Clean


Soulwax Essential

36

Soulwax

ESSENTIAL


E Ruscha V Who Are You

32

E Ruscha V

Who Are You


Melody's Echo Chamber Bon Voyage

28

Melody's Echo Chamber

Bon Voyage


Oliver Coates Shelley's on Zenn-La

24

Oliver Coates

Shelley's on Zenn-La


Mitski Be The Cowboy

20

Mitski

Be The Cowboy

Nils Frahm All Melody

16

Nils Frahm

All Melody


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Sparkle Hard

12

Stephen Malkmus
& The Jicks

Sparkle Hard


Kamasi Washington Heaven & Earth

8

Kamasi Washington

Heaven & Earth


Bodega Endless Scroll

4

Bodega

Endless Scroll



99

Idles

Joy As An Act of Resistance


Sunwatchers II

95

Sunwatchers

II


Jim Ghedi A Hymn For Ancient Land

91

Jim Ghedi

A Hymn For Ancient Land


Goat Girl Goat Girl

87

Goat Girl

Goat Girl


Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex & Food

83

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Sex & Food


Kurt Vile Bottle It In

79

Kurt Vile

Bottle It In


Serpentwithfeet Soil

75

Serpentwithfeet

Soil


Boy Azooga 1, 2, Kung Fu!

71

Boy Azooga

1, 2, Kung Fu!


Khruangbin Con Todo El Mundo

67

Hater

Siesta


Bas Jan Yes I Jan

63

Bas Jan

Yes I Jan


Maribou State Kingdoms In Colour

59

Maribou State

Kingdoms In Colour


Gruff Rhys Babelsberg

55

Gruff Rhys

Babelsberg


U.S. Girls In a Poem Unlimited

51

U.S. Girls

In a Poem Unlimited


Ross From Friends Family Portrait

47

Ross From Friends

Family Portrait


Dungen & Woods Myths 003

43

Dungen & Woods

Myths 003


Beak> >>>

39

Beak>

>>>


Efrim Manuel Menuck Pissing Stars

35

Efrim Manuel Menuck

Pissing Stars


Our Girl Stranger Today

31

Our Girl

Stranger Today


Hieroglyphic Being The Red Notes

27

Hieroglyphic Being

The Red Notes


Virginia Wing Ecstatic Arrow

23

Virginia Wing

Ecstatic Arrow


Christine & the Queens Chris

19

Christine & the Queens

Chris

Amen Dunes Freedom

15

Amen Dunes

Freedom


Parquet Courts Wide Awake!

11

Parquet Courts

Wide Awake!


Papa M A Broke Moon Rises

7

Papa M

A Broke Moon Rises


Nap Eyes I'm Bad Now

3

Nap Eyes

I'm Bad Now



98

Confidence Man

Confident Music for Confident People


Hailu Mergia Lala Belu

94

Hailu Mergia

Lala Belu


TERRY I'm Terry

90

TERRY

I'm Terry


Flasher Constant Image

86

Flasher

Constant Image


Amber Arcades European Heartbreak

82

Amber Arcades

European Heartbreak


Arp Zebra

78

Arp

Zebra


Szun Waves New Hymn To Freedom

74

Szun Waves

New Hymn To Freedom


Mary Lattimore Hundreds Of Days

70

Mary Lattimore

Hundreds Of Days


Iceage Beyondless

66

Iceage

Beyondless


ought room inside the world

62

Ought

Room Inside the World


Chilly Gonzales Solo Piano III

58

Chilly Gonzales

Solo Piano III


sleep the sciences

54

Sleep

The Sciences


Tal National Tantabara

50

Tal National

Tantabara


Snail Mail Lush

46

Snail Mail

Lush


Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar

42

Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar


Let's Eat Grandma I'm All Ears

38

Let's Eat Grandma

I'm All Ears


Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel

34

Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel


TVAM Psychic Data

30

TVAM

Psychic Data


Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt

26

Spiritualized®

And Nothing Hurt


Oh Sees Smote Reverser

22

Oh Sees

Smote Reverser


Ari Roar Calm Down

18

Ari Roar

Calm Down

Yo La Tengo There’s A Riot Going On

14

Yo La Tengo

There’s A Riot Going On


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Hope Downs

10

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Hope Downs


White Denim Performance

6

White Denim

Performance


Sons of Kemet Your Queen Is A Reptile

2

Sons of Kemet

Your Queen Is A Reptile



97

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

King of Cowards


James Heather Stories From Far Away On Piano

93

James Heather

Stories From Far Away On Piano


Connan Mockasin Jassbusters

89

Connan Mockasin

Jassbusters


Group Listening Clarinet & Piano- Selected Works Vol.

85

Group Listening

Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1


Chris Carter Chemistry Lessons Volume

81

Chris Carter

Chemistry Lessons Volume 1


Daniel Avery Song For Alpha

77

Daniel Avery

Song For Alpha


Anna St. Louis If Only There Was a River

73

Anna St. Louis

If Only There Was a River


Hater Siesta

69

Hater

Siesta


Cavern of Anti-Matter Hormone Lemonade

65

Cavern of Anti-Matter

Hormone Lemonade


Starcrawler Starcrawler

61

Starcrawler

Starcrawler


The Breeders All Nerve

57

The Breeders

All Nerve


Anna Von Hausswolff Dead Magic

53

Anna Von Hausswolff

Dead Magic


Field Music Open Here

49

Field Music

Open Here


Haley Heynderickx I Need to Start a Garden

45

Haley Heynderickx

I Need to Start a Garden


Shame Songs of Praise

41

Shame

Songs of Praise


Binker and Moses Alive In The East?

37

Binker and Moses

Alive In The East?


Rival Consoles Persona

33

Rival Consoles

Persona


Helena Hauff Qualm

29

Helena Hauff

Qualm


Daniel Blumberg Minus

25

Daniel Blumberg

Minus


Blood Orange Negro Swan

21

Blood Orange

Negro Swan


Ty Segall Freedom's Goblin

17

Ty Segall

Freedom's Goblin

Gwenno Le Kov

13

Gwenno

Le Kov


Low Double Negative

9

Low

Double Negative


Lump - Lump

5

Lump

Lump


Dirty Projectors Lamp Lit Prose

1

Dirty Projectors

Lamp Lit Prose


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