Staff Albums Of The Year 2018

Laurence (Rough Trade Office)

1. Nils Frahm - All Melody

Nils' quest for neoclassical sonic perfection is firmly rooted in the dancefloor and live he is a great showman too!

2. Snail Mail - Lush

Lindsey Jordan wears her heart on her sleeve, this album is heartbreakingly vulnerable and beautiful.

3. Tirzah - Devotion

Tirzah's Mica Levi produced spacey imperfect pop is highly affecting in it's simplicity and leaves you wanting more.

4. Christine & The Queens - Chris

Hyper intelligent synth driven pop breaks down gender barriers and speaks to and for a generation. This album should, by rights, force Madonna into de jure retirement.

5. Durand Jones & The Indications - Durand Jones & The Indications

Sweat driven, heart and soul music with an explosive live performance. Durand stands on the shoulders of giants, but he stands taller than most.

6. Pusha T - Daytona

Superb rap album, Pusha knows his drugs and his swagger has brought in the swag. Think back to his Clipse roots and hold your nose at the Kanye connection.

7. Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile

Unconventional London Jazz outfit incorporate a wide range of influences including afrobeat and dub. This album carries an urgent and pressurised political message.

8. BC Camplight - Deportation Blues

A totally sincere voyage through BC's psyche, dark yet joyous.

9. Helena Hauff - Qualm

Helena's drum machine and synth driven album destroys my headphones and I like it!

10. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

Koze's eccentric cinematic soundscape melds genres from house thru folk via hip hop and boasts some very cool guests.