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CHIRP Radio Best of 2018

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2018. Our next list is from DJ and Online Media Director Clarence Ewing.

Here's my list of the 10 albums of note for 2018. In a world where there's always something going on, brilliant music is the constant. May we always live in interesting times...


#1   Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington (Young Turks)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Kamasi Washington Heaven and EarthAnother wonderful creation from a modern-day music titan. Jazz is cool.



#2   Room 25 by Noname (Self-Released)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Noname Room 25[CHICAGO ARTIST] Rule #1 to being a great rapper: Have a distinctive voice. Her's is like a long drink of cool water, with lyrics and flow to match. She deserves all the attention she gets.



#3   Semi-Cricle by The Go! Team (Memphis Industries)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

The Go! Team Semi-CricleA little something for everybody, and it all works brilliantly.



#4   Murmurations by Simian Mobile Disco (Wichita Recordings)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Simian Mobile Disco MurmurationsA fantastic melding of styles, with SMD's hypnotic electronics combining forces with the hunting voices of the Deep Throat Choir. The musical equivalent of chocolate falling into peanut butter.



#5   Coördination by Operator Music Band (New Professor Music)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Operator Music Band CoördinationStandout electronica from Brooklyn



#6   ATMWorld by Dondadi (Green House)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Dondadi ATMWorldBedroom electronica, but bigger. Right along the path of Aphex Twin.



#7   Thoughtwork by Fraction and Finsta (Self-Released)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Fraction and Finsta ThoughtworkSatisfyingly old-school rap from the U.S. East Coast and Canada. It came out right at the start of 2018, but "That Ain't Me" was on my personal playlist all year.



#8   Broken Limbs Excite No Pity by Bruce Lamont (War Crime)
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Bruce Lamont Broken Limbs Excite No Pity[CHICAGO ARTIST] Seems like every year of our current era deserves it's own soundtrack to the doom and destruction. Here's my choice for this year.



#9   Dimensional People by Mouse on Mars (Thrill Jockey)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Mouse on Mars Dimensional PeopleJan St. Werner and Andi Toma's 11th release is a master class in weaving old and new sounds that span decades and genres.



#10   Amoretum Vol. 2 by Black Space Riders (Black Space/Cargo)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Black Space Riders Amoretum Vol. 2"heavy, psychedelic, hypnotic, metallic, acid, groovy SPACE-ROCK from far beyond..."






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