Top Tunes 2018

Back after a decidedly long hiatus, here’s a compilation of favourite songs I bought in the last year (note not all were released this year). It was a damn fine year in my view, and I certainly splashed out on plenty of vinyl – a new set of hi-fi will do that to a chap. Particular highlights include a return to form from Spiritualized, Nils Frahm’s haunting, delicate music and the magnificent Snapped Ankles with probably my favourite album of the year.

Thirty-odd vinyl records spread out on my floor

Because I keep these compilations to the length of a CD, there are some notable omissions from this list, including new(ish) albums from Gruff Rhys, Gaz Coombes, Band of Horses and Cavern of Anti-Matter.

The Best Songs I Bought in 2018, Ever

  1. Ullswater by Hookworms from the album Microshift
  2. Jailbird by Primal Scream from the album Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings
  3. Once in My Life by The Decemberists from the album I’ll Be Your Girl
  4. Cactus by Teleman from the album Family Of Aliens
  5. Bubblegum by Confidence Man from the album Confident Music For Confident People
  6. Morning Velvet Sky (Richard Norris Remix) by Gulp from the single All Good Wishes – Remixes
  7. My Mistakes by Eleanor Friedberger from the album Last Summer
  8. Always Trying to Work It Out by Low from the album Double Negative
  9. I’m Your Man by Spiritualized from the album And Nothing Hurt
  10. Singularity by Jon Hopkins from the album Singularity
  11. Paradox by Sextile from the EP 3
  12. Lost in Light by Moon Duo from the album Occult Architecture Vol. 2
  13. A Place by Nils Frahm from the album All Melody
  14. Firecrackers by Marissa Nadler from the album July
  15. In My Head by Our Girl from the album Stranger Today
  16. Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin by Snapped Ankles from the album Come Play The Trees

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify.