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.
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.
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")
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.
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.
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.
More techno inspired outsider house makes you feel like you're in an underground club in the middle of nowhere Germany.
Djrum comes out with a powerful mix of techno, garage, and jungle to create an all around exciting experience.
Deconstructed club frontrunners with a famous mix of dark ambient and industrial. The duo really knows how to constructed a great album.
Fans of Death Grips will like this one. This electronic release is both weird and wild. Prepare to expect the unexpected.
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