The Year in Music 2018: Electric Adolescence

The concept of year end lists, or any sort of artist rankings, are often interesting but inherently flawed. While the concept of highlighting noteworthy works is itself quite valuable, specific numerical rankings tend to make me question the endeavour. While I think Tootsie, Clockwork Orange, and Saving Private Ryan are all great films, seeing them ranked in that order in the AFI Top 100 films list just seems like an argument waiting to happen.

Rather than produce a definitive list, my presentation of the best music of the year is more cohesive than it is comprehensive. This selection of indie, hip hop, experimental and dance music provides a general sense of what I consider to be the most notable highlights from an arguably unremarkable but nonetheless enjoyable year in music.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Fahrland - Yesterday
  • Suuns - Make It Real
  • Kids See Ghosts feat. Mos Def - Kids See Ghosts
  • Yaeji - One More
  • Bella Boo - Fire Fire
  • Galcher Lustwerk - Warm Cake
  • Robyn - Baby Forgive Me
  • Planningtorock - Transome
  • Chromatics - Camera
  • Connan Mockasin - Last Night
  • Men I Trust - Show Me How
  • Amen Dunes - Miki Dora
  • Astronauts, Etc. - The Room
  • Tirzah - Gladly
  • Blood Orange - Charcoal Baby
  • Tierra Whack - 4 Wings
  • Travis Scott - R.I.P. SCREW
  • Young Echo - Here
  • Raime - See Through Me, I Dare You
  • Carla Dal Forno - Summertime
  • Yves Tumor feat. James K  - Licking An Orchid
  • James Blake - Don’t Miss It
  • Sophie - It’s Okay To Cry
  • The 1975 - Mine
  • E Ruscha - Who Are You
  • Kamasi Washington - Testify
  • Moodymann - Pitch Black City Reunion
  • George FitzGerald - Passing Trains (Kornel Kovacs Remix)
  • Toro Y Moi - Freelance
  • CHAI - Flat Girl
  • Nine Inch Nails - Over and Out
  • Poison Arrow - Casa Show

Electric Adolescence

darmstadtium's picture

Why did you guys stop publishing tidal playlist in such articles ? I kiss them.

Rafe Arnott's picture
We didn't.

A couple of readers put Electric Adolescence mixes together via Tidal on their own. Also, a lot of the content Scott's mixes contain are not on Tidal.

You can stream it here, off Electric Adolescence (where you can also download a ton of Scott's stuff) or off MixCloud.

TinCanFury's picture

Even if not all the content is on Tidal it would still be nice to have a link to what *is* on Tidal.