Mixtape #53 : Best Albums of 2018

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Happy New Year everyone!

Many thanks to all of you who have read, followed, commented, shared, promoted and otherwise supported the blog during the previous year, most especially to my beloved band of Patrons. i’m starting 2019 in the usual way, with a new mixtape featuring something from each of the brilliant albums in my Best of 2018 list. Being such an eclectic list, the ‘narrative’ of this mixtape is one that unavoidably veers between quite wildly dissimilar styles and aesthetics, but to my ear that only makes it all the more interesting and fun.

40 tracks (well, technically 41: Jóhann Jóhannsson’s were short so i included two) that testify to and celebrate the range and scale of musical wonders created during 2018 – the full tracklisting is shown below, and links to buy each album can be found in the previous two days’ articles.

  • Clarence Barlow – Septima de facto (from Musica Algorithmica)
  • Tom Mudd – Gutter Organ 3 [excerpt] (from Gutter Synthesis)
  • Þráinn Hjálmarsson – Mise en scène [excerpt] (from Influence of Buildings on Musical Tone)
  • Jakob Ullmann – Müntzers stern [excerpt] (from Müntzers stern/solo II)
  • Moritz Eggert – Number Nine VII: Masse [excerpt] (from Musica Viva Vol. 30)
  • Autechre – column thirteen [excerpt] (from NTS Sessions 1–4)
  • Brian Eno – Atmospheric Lightness [excerpt] (from Music For Installations)
  • Christopher Trapani – Cognitive Consonance – II. Westering [excerpt] (from Waterlines)
  • Dita Von Teese – Bird of Prey (from Dita Von Teese)
  • Jeffery Alan Jones – Friends Will Be Friends [excerpt] (from Most Beautiful Island (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • Erik Friedlander – Uja (from Thoroughbreds (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • Kenneth Hesketh – Knotted Tongues [excerpt] (from In Ictu Oculi – orchestral works)
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – Seeker Of The Serpent’s Eye – Memories (from Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • Jörg Widmann – Drittes Labyrinth – [Takt 715 ff.] [excerpt] (from Drittes Labyrinth/Polyphone Schatten)
  • Rohan Drape & Anthony Pateras – St John’s Wood [excerpt] (from Ellesmere)
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür – Illuminatio – III (from Illuminatio/Whistles and Whispers from Uluru/Symphony No. 8)
  • Chaines – Carpathia (Boss Monster Edit) [excerpt] (from The King)
  • Lance Austin Olsen – Dark Heart [excerpt] (from Dark Heart)
  • Colin Stetson – Mourning (from Hereditary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Sequences [excerpt] (from Aequa)
  • Computer Magic – Space and Time / Pale Blue Dot (from Danz)
  • Gottfried Huppertz – I. Auftakt: Der Maschinenmensch (The Machine Man) (from Metropolis (Complete Original Motion Picture Score))
  • Ryoji Ikeda – Metal Music – II. Crotales [For Duo] [excerpt] (from Music For Percussion)
  • Toivo Tulev – Flow, My Tears [excerpt] (from Magnificat)
  • Coppice – Privacy and Difference: Coverage (from Surreal Air Fortress)
  • Alfred Schnittke – Psalms of Repentance – No. 11, I Entered This Life of Tears a Naked Infant (from Choral Works)
  • Michael Cutting – Smoke (from Stills)
  • James Newton Howard – Overture [excerpt] (from Red Sparrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • Let’s Eat Grandma – Falling Into Me (from I’m All Ears)
  • irr. app. (ext.) – Fourth Disposition: A New Thing Is Set In Motion [excerpt] (from A Transfigured System)
  • Chris Mercer – Phantom Image [excerpt] (from Phantom Images)
  • Rich Shapero & Elsiane – Monuments (from Rin, Tongue and Dorner)
  • ionnalee – Simmer Down (from Everyone Afraid To Be Forgotten)
  • Thom Yorke – Olga’s Destruction (Volk Tape) (from Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film))
  • Fia Fiell – Forward (from All In The Same Room)
  • Lauren Redhead – leoþcwide [excerpt] (from hearmleoþ—gieddunga)
  • Morton Feldman – For John Cage [excerpt] (from For John Cage)
  • Piggy Black Cross – 2 aƒЯa1D (from Always Just Out of R.E.A.C.H. (Robotic Eclosion After Coming Hylozoic))
  • Lee Fraser – Pline Expol A [excerpt] (from Cor Unvers)
  • The Caretaker – J1 – Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions [excerpt] (from Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4)

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