Andrew's 2018 in Review: Favourite Electronic Albums

My favourite electronic albums of the year!...

3 months ago

Latest Post Andrew's Month in Review: February 2019 by Andrew Kalichak

An article on Christmas day? Yeah, well to not get too personal, Christmas is just another ordinary day for me as I watch others celebrate. But this is a music blog, so I come here to write about my passion - and today's topic being electronic music.

Electronic music is a fairly broad descriptor for a genre. It can mean anything from the EDM you hear in clubs to ambient music on the otherside of the spectrum. But like jazz and metal, going into each separate sub-genre would be an entire post on its own. Electronic music is also a genre I'm fairly new with, falling in love with it last year. I fell in love with it due to the complex details within a song, as well with a lot of electronic music crossing over into ambient/modern classical territory. Modern techno/house scenes really appealed to me in their underground cult fashion, which of course reminded me of the DIY indie rock days of the 80's.

2018 for electronic music killed it. The whole electronic scene is on the rise in underground music creating some of the most innovative modern day music. I see electronic music like I do fine art, or a movie. How you hear one whole piece of music but is put together so intricately that it changes your perception on how we create sound. I focus a lot on the techno and house scenes in electronic music, so I'm sorry if this list is a little focused on that side of electronic music. I do have an ambient section (spoiler) so you won't be seeing any of those albums on this list. I will say if you ever want to dip your toes into a genre so different from modern music, all of electronic will have you covered for experimentation.

As always my lists just tell you my favourites of the year, in no particular order. I just post the album artwork with a short description. After I'm finished with these lists, I will post my full album of the year list with more in depth discussion.


Skee Mask - Compro

One of the best releases this year. Skee Mask proves again that his mastery of all electronic sounds only the top can pull off. Techno, jungle, ambient, and more from this album.

SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

Highly anticipated debut album from producer SOPHIE. Delivered fully with even more industrial and ambient influence, along with the bubblegum bass production.

DJ Healer - Nothing 2 Loose

Who is DJ Healer? A man of many different aliases and prolific catalog, who then of course releases one of the best ambient house records this decade. (Note - this was a vinyl release only but you can find it on Youtube/"other methods of obtaining")

Bruce - Sonder Somatic

No your ordinary house release, with some the most unique sounds to have as driving beat. Creative and fun all around with some dreamy pieces.

Rival Consoles - Persona

Persona is a new height for Rival Consoles, as he masters the sounds of techno with club induced house music. An experiment in IDM in other words.

Air Max '97 - Nacre

Weirdo techno music but I love weirdo techno music. I would call this one of the most unique releases this year, but so are a lot of these albums I talk about.

Blawan - Wet Will Always Dry

More techno inspired outsider house makes you feel like you're in an underground club in the middle of nowhere Germany.

Djrum - Portrait with Firewood

Djrum comes out with a powerful mix of techno, garage, and jungle to create an all around exciting experience.

Demdike Stare - Passion

Deconstructed club frontrunners with a famous mix of dark ambient and industrial. The duo really knows how to constructed a great album.

Gazelle Twin - Pastoral

Fans of Death Grips will like this one. This electronic release is both weird and wild. Prepare to expect the unexpected.


Further Listening

Kilchhofer - The Book Room

Objekt - Cocoon Crush

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

DJ Richard - Dies Irae Xerox

Leon Vynehall - Nothing is Still

The Field - Infinite Moment

Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Andrew Kalichak

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