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The Best Albums of 2018: #20 – 1

best of 2018 20-1Let’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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Album of the Day: Kadhja Bonet, “Childqueen Outtakes”

On Childqueen Outtakes, Kadhja Bonet offers a peek into the creation of her recent LP, with three quick and impressive tracks that didn’t make the record’s final cut. Indeed, there’s a sense that she’s working toward something here, yet these songs are no less impactful than those on the excellent Childqueen. If there is a theme to Bonet’s music, it’s that she’s an imperfect being struggling through deep insecurities. This is most evident on “Imposter,” the EP’s thoughtful opening song. “I’m not an artist nor a masterpiece,” she sings pensively. “I’m not a legend nor a gifted bard / I’m not the person that you thought I was.” Though she speaks within the context of art, Bonet taps into the human condition, that no matter how things appear on the surface, self-doubt occupies our private moments.

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The Best Albums of Spring 2018

Best Of SpringThe last three months have 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 pummeling death metal to spaced-out dreampop, from forward-thinking cumbia to desert-blues-meets-dance-music. These are the Best Albums of Spring 2018.

Read last year’s edition of “Best Albums of Spring”
Read Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of Winter 2018

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Experimental R&B, Post-Punk, Metal, & 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: Kadhja Bonet, “Childqueen”

At the beginning of her latest album, Childqueen, Kadhja Bonet offers an invocation for the LP to follow: “Every morning brings a chance to renew.” It’s an apt sentiment for her sophomore release. Her voice flutters, regal as the flutes and parade of drums behind it, like a movement that is equal parts hymn and march. The Los Angeles artist isn’t afraid to challenge her listeners as much as she does herself; when she sings of renewal, it could just as easily apply to the rebirth that happens from song to song.

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Kadhja Bonet’s Debut Album Channels 1970s Soul

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Kahjda Bonet. Photo by Sinziana Velicescu.

R&B singer Kadhja Bonet’s music career started early. She began playing classical violin when she was just five years old. When she left her hometown of Richmond, California for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she began teaching herself how to sing and play guitar. That same ambition and comfort with music is fully evident on her debut album, The Visitor. Its first single, “Honeycomb,” is pure soul magic, and Bonet’s airy voice recalls legends like Minnie Riperton and Roberta Flack. It could slip in perfectly between Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” and The Delfonics’ “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time?” on the Jackie Brown soundtrack and not sound even slightly out of place. 

Before a recent show opening for Xenia Rubinos in San Francisco, we chatted with Bonet about the necessity of solitary moments and social media blackouts.

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