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The Best Albums of 2018: #60 – 41

Best60-41-1244-1Let’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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The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp: August 2018

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This month’s selection of crucial new rap releases include a Queensbridge icon who helped pave the way for Nas, a psychedelic project reminiscent of the Dungeon Family’s experimental production style, and crime rhymes kicked by one of Roc Marciano’s closest associates. We also catch up with the latest innovative offerings from Armand Hammer and milo.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Hip-Hop, Post-Punk, Experimental Soul, 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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Album of the Day: Jeremiah Jae, “When Daffi Attacks”

Jeremiah Jae’s music doesn’t hit you straight away; it floats in and slowly unfolds in a massive jumble of faded soul, obscure movie clips, and dirt-encrusted drum loops. To appreciate Jae is to appreciate despair—the cold-blooded psyche it induces, the darkness from which prosperity can emerge. Across several releases, the L.A.-based rapper/producer has spoken to those on the come up, presenting himself as a modern-day street poet wearing struggle on his sleeve. You hear it in his flow—a tattered, sedated delivery that barely rates above a groan—and throughout the lo-fi beats he assembles.

Jae’s impressive new EP—When Daffi Attacks—is even darker than usual, flipping through several themes in a dense 25 minutes. Performed through Jae’s alter ego, Daffi, the part-vocal, part-instrumental release grapples with anxiety, police brutality, and the inherent dangers of being a young black male in a major city. It’s similar to the hardship Jae dissected on 2012’s Raw Money Raps and 2016’s A Cold Night, but here, his judgement cuts with deep, pinpoint precision. “What’s ISIS when they paying cops for homicide,” Jae quips on “No Chill.” “You vagina behind a badge wit a mustache.”

Lines like these come in spurts for Jae, whose tone and cadence resemble that of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, and lyrics that tend to withdraw into the soundtrack. As with any Jae project, Daffi is best consumed in one chunk, preferably at night or under the influence. There’s a strong cinematic aspect to the EP, and as it plays, one can almost see the songs take shape. Yet through all the seething resentment, Jae remains hopeful in the grander scheme, punching holes in the dark until he sees a glimmer of light. In his world, where sleep is nonessential and the grind is paramount, there’s nowhere to go but up.

-Marcus J. Moore

The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp


In our new roundup of Bandcamp releases, we spotlight a New York City wordsmith who’s all about the pure joy of rhyming, a transatlantic MC/producer collab with funk affinities, and a Detroit-based lyricist who was once a key J Dilla collaborator. Oh, and there’s this small 100-track project with samples sourced entirely from old Chinese vinyl. (We’re kidding, of course, that’s a huge deal.) Continue reading

Good Times Are Coming: The Essential Guide to Jeremiah Jae

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Jeremiah Jae. Photo by Cosmo

Jeremiah Jae’s music is unapologetically hazy. He blankets nearly every track with healthy clouds of weed smoke, giving listeners contact highs on each song. Yet despite the premise, Jae’s music is never lazy, repetitive or sloppy. It’s singular and atmospheric.

It doesn’t take long to recognize Jae’s flow. He rhymes with a dead-eyed gaze that’s equally monotone, gripping and clear. But it’s more than just the Chicago native’s voice that grabs you; dude can piece together some rather stunning instrumentals, too. The son of a jazz musician, he’s able to play drums, guitar and piano. And while many of his beats are based on well-curated samples, there’s a clear musicianship, even if he’s looping chops to add texture to his work. Jae pulls from jazz’s weirder moments and his rhymes are full of off-color humor.

Given all this, it makes sense that he’s a member of Flying Lotus’ illustrious Brainfeeder crew, has released music via Warp Records, and collaborates with cats as varied as Lord RAJA, Run The Jewels, and Mount Kimbie. Jae has released a ton of material in a variety of formats since his 2008 debut. Here’s a roundup of Jae’s most essential work.

If you’re feeling these projects, be sure to check out his recent JP Moregun mixtape with fellow Brainfeeder artist PBDY, in addition to Holy Smoke, his upcoming release with the equally blunted Zeroh.

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