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The Best Albums of 2018: #40 – 21

best of 2018 40-21Let’s be honest for a second: No one clicks on these lists for the introduction. I don’t blame them! This is usually just the place where some routine throat-clearing goes, before we get to the main event. It’s also the place where I confess to the amount of anxiety involved with putting together a list like this—last year, I said, “Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available.” Guess what? That’s still true in 2018. That said, the albums that made the cut, to us, represent the breadth and scope of the many worlds available to discover on Bandcamp, and feel like the best musical summation of the last 12 months. When we make this list, we’re not only trying to assess the year’s best music, we’re also trying to tell the story of 2018, album by album, song by song. As always, being a part of Bandcamp Daily in 2018 was a true joy; we took a look at Extratone, the world’s fastest musical genre, got familiar with the New Face of Death Metal, and spent time with artists like Yugen Blakrok, Suzanne Ciani, and Kamaal Williams. Once again, the world of music is bigger than any one list can possibly contain, so consider this a starting point on the neverending journey to discovering new sounds, new scenes, and new voices. Alright, that’s enough throat-clearing. Let’s get to the list.

—J. Edward Keyes, Editorial Director

Best of 2018 Schedule:
December 10: #100 – 81
December 11: #80 – 61
December 12: #60 – 41
December 13: #40 – 21
December 14: #20 – 1

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Georgia Anne Muldrow’s New Album is Inspired By Love and Family

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Photo by Drew Gurian

During the period leading up to the making of Overload, singer/lyricist/producer Georgia Anne Muldrow was in her own state of overload. She was caught between two spaces: one that fed her creatively, and another that threatened to undermine it. Yet both would play a key role in the creation of her new record.

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On “Negro Swan,” Blood Orange Dissects the Enduring Pain of Underserved People

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Photos by Nick Harwood

Dev Hynes didn’t go into Negro Swan, his fourth album as Blood Orange, with any kind of master plan. Instead, it took shape in small pieces; Hynes would mull over ideas, see them through to the end, and then he’d start the process all over again. Eventually, a common thread began to emerge: a thesis on the mental health of black and brown and queer people. But to hear Hynes explain it, the final product could have just as easily been handed off to someone else.

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The Best Beat Tapes on Bandcamp

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Scroll to the bottom of Bandcamp.com; click on the ‘hip-hop/rap’ tag, then on the ‘beat-tape’ tag. Wade through and see what’s there. Pretty daunting, right? The list you’re about to read is the result of painstaking research from Bandcamp Daily contributors, who took extra steps to find new producers doing amazing things with their music. This isn’t a list of the usual suspects; rather, we wanted to dig deeper to find composers who need a closer look. Without further adieu, here are some of the very best beat tapes on Bandcamp.

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Album Premiere: Josef Leimberg Shares Long-Awaited Spiritual Debut

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Josef Leimberg. Photo by B+.

Over the past 20 years, trumpeter Josef Leimberg has carved out a nice career playing in the background on some of our most widely celebrated albums: Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, among many others. In a way, Leimberg has established the perfect niche for himself: He’s been able to rub elbows with music’s elite, while maintaining a relatively low-key day-to-day existence. On Astral Progressions, Leimberg’s long-awaited debut album, the composer steps to the forefront with a spiritual jazz release, featuring a who’s who of hip-hop and soul. Among other features, saxophonist Kamasi Washington appears on “Interstellar Universe,” and soul singer Bilal offers a standout performance on “Between Us 2.”

Though Astral Progressions is out this Friday, we’re premiering it here now. We spoke with Leimberg about the record, his mother’s creative influence, and why even though Progressions took a few years to finish, it’s arriving right on time.

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On “The Light Bearer,” Jimetta Rose Spreads Peace Through Song

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Jimetta Rose. Photo by Marielle Tepper
“I want us all to hear words that feed us, as opposed to limiting us or making us feel beat down. I feel excited to share a true message.”—Jimetta Rose

Jimetta Rose isn’t here to just sing hooks. Sure, she went on tour with producer Quantic as his featured vocalist. And, yes, she sounded great singing backup on Blu, MED and Madlib’s Cali cruiser, “Burgundy Whip.” But Rose has bigger plans: the Los Angeles vocalist is in high demand, working with artists who value her input. She and local producer House Shoes are working on a collaborative album, and she also has writing and associate production credits on the new LP from Grammy-winning producer Shafiq Husayn, who has also worked with Kanye West, Jay Z, and Lauryn Hill.

“It’s sort of surreal, some of the opportunities that have come along over the years,” she says. “It’s hard to even absorb. A lot of times, you can be kept in a feature slot—especially as a woman. Maybe you’re not writing lyrics, or you’re just singing something and moaning on a track. I thank God that [everyone I’ve worked with] has recognized the talent, taken it seriously, and wanted to further the collaborative opportunity. In some cases, it could’ve been one hook, but they were like, ‘Naw, Jimetta, you need to come around. People need to hear you.”

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