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The Best Albums of Winter 2018

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The first three months of the year have already given us an abundance of great records—arguably more than one roundup can possibly include. The 25 albums on this list contain a whole universe of sounds, from pummelling drone to rollicking indie rock, from thought-provoking hip-hop to Spanish synthwave. These are the Best Albums of Winter 2018.

Read last year’s edition of “Best Albums of the Winter”

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Dark Synth, Dreampop, Hip-Hop, and More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Cavern of Anti-Matter and the Enduring Legacy of Krautrock

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The return of Cavern Of Anti-Matter is exciting—partly because it’s a consolidation of the band’s own distinct identity. With any new project, the trio’s leader Tim Gane constantly runs the gauntlet of critical and fan expectations, thanks to his considerable body of work with Stereolab. And indeed when COA-M made their first album Blood-Drums in 2013, its low-key release and limited edition made it feel a lot more like a side project than the start of a new chapter. However, following a smattering of singles on other labels, 2016’s Void Beats/Invocation Trex changed all that. Word-of-mouth recommendations spread like wildfire, and its hypnotic synth repetitions and lush production won plenty of fans who’d never even heard of Stereolab. It ended up on quite a few best-of-year lists, and a deluxe reissue of Blood-Drums at the start of 2017 helped to keep the newly-won audience interested. Now, Hormone Lemonade is here, cementing the fact that COA-M are very much their own band, with a sound worth getting fired up about in its own right. Continue reading