We have put together a list of songs that have stood out for a plethora of reasons. Please take the time to invest and immerse yourself in them:
Jesse Jo Stark: Wish I Was Dead
With an already impressive music CV opening for the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Jane’s Addiction, the LA-based bottle rocket has dominated streaming as well as live stages. Her latest single is explicitly rock n’ roll delivery a complex text with unrelenting triumph.
Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam: All The Way Over The Edge (Bros Don’t Talk About Anything)
Layered walls of sound from the UK indie rock stalwarts propel this from the offset. Whilst the extended instrumental compositions and complex layering dominates, the heartfelt lyrics deserve as much reflection. Its thrilling high octave guitar licks and percussive flourishes not only make this muscular sonically, but a fascinating listen.
Rhian Sheehan: Soma Dreams
The latest release from the New Zealand composer is warmly enveloping, gently touching and unfolds into a kaleidoscopic swirling waltzer of dreamy sounds. A stunning mix that shows marvellous restraint and elevates this to a heavenly status in terms of listening. Once experienced, never forgotten.
Christian Carcamo: House Of Lies
This is an absolute gem in a saturated pop field. This is a notable comeback following a 4-year sabbatical and one that will have a legion of new fans queuing up. There is something timeless about this, its 80s injection is thrust into the modern day under a new derivative and the result is a heart bursting hook ready to be sung at the top of one’s lungs.
The LA-native now resides in Norway and if she decides to flit, they will have a hard time letting her go. An R&B, soul rush through the veins makes this a fulfilling listen. Its grace and richness are delivered with the utmost elegance. This is confident, cool and showcases incredible talent.
Undoubtedly, one of the artists to grace our site the most this year, producer Petticoat has taken up a comfortable mantel next to the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie et al. This is one of the less frenetic tracks in his discography and is liberating, cohesive and a complete earworm.
Cyrus Reynolds feat S. Carey: Foraker
The LA-based songwriter-producer has penned an almost eerie score in Foraker. There’s a sonic wilderness to get lost in here and its gradual weighty orchestral build pushes your head and heart to places that people crave. This is magnificent songwriting.
Rina Mushonga: 4qrtrs
The Dutch-Zimbabwean artist, now Peckham based has emerged with one of the most exciting releases of 2018. A sublime blend of afropop and indie-electro, this sets its own terms. A varied, yet cohesive work, its soulful pop edge and brass rivulets are clever additions to its more electronic angular aspects.
Boreen: Salt Water Taffy
This goes firmly into my top ten songs of 2018. There’s a magic here that’s hard to put into words. Portland seems to be a breeding ground for some of the world’s greatest and Boreen are no exception, which is especially bold to say because of their infancy. I remember the first time I heard artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Broken Social Scene, this recreates that same shiver. Eyebrows raised to try and stop your eyes from getting too wet and your heart rate quickening as you realise how awe-inspiring a song is.
DYAN are in a different league. Aside from their impeccable production values, there is something so realised in their songwriting and musical relationship with one another. There’s a vulnerability here that hits a sweet spot between expertise and innocence. They deserve to be world famous.