In 2018, at the peak of popularity was a rap, but other performers have tried to keep up. Over the past 12 months, the Blur frontman Damon Albarn presented on album projects Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Paul McCartney broke creative silence, Kanye West fired machine-gun fire of the five powerful releases, and Buckwheat, and the Moon released the popular album. All this (and not only) — in the final play-list cultural commentator RT.

Moby — Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

On his fifteenth Studio album Richard Hall, known as Moby, did not return to branded lightweight electronics. After playing with high-speed noise with The Void group Pacific Choir, he turned to the heritage of the Bristol trip-hop-school: Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt sounds like it was produced by members of Massive Attack and Portishead in the late 1990s. All this frames a deep discussion of spirituality and humanity, which goes against the sentiments of the previous two albums. Dark version of the classic gospel Like a Motherless Child — one of the best tracks recorded 53-year-old musician.

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Mr. Fingers — Cerebral Hemispheres

One of the key cultural events of the year was the triumphant return of one of the pioneers of house, Larry heard, who has not released an album under the alias Mr. Fingers almost a quarter of a century. Cerebral Hemispheres similar to the ode to the modern metropolis (in this case we are talking primarily about native Larry Chicago), and the track City Streets demonstrates that father deep house herd name is not just.

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“Wooden pillars” — “Under the water”

The main heroes of the Patriotic guitar music sample 2018 — Murmansk shoegazery “Wooden pillars”, with so far only one official mini-album, but whatever! And the mysticism is reflected in the lyrics, and the sound of the band, which complements the alien voice of Svetlana Matveeva.

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John Hopkins — Singularity

Regular Coldplay producer Jon Hopkins in 2013 gave a powerful disk Immunity, which many recognized as one of the best records of the year. In 2018, the story was repeated, and Singularity is probably the best release in the repertoire of the eminent artist. Hypnotic duality Emerald Rush, holistic reasoning Everything Connected (listen to the 10 minute album version!), hovering the ephemeral nature of C O S M of the external heterogeneity of the plate hiding the real monolith, which can be and from soul to dance and dream, resting in the chair.

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Arctic Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

After the Grand success AM (in 2013-2015 he sounded literally everywhere) before the Arctic Monkeys stood an extremely difficult task, after all, the bar has been raised incredibly high. After waiting five years, the group broke the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, imbued with the ideas of retrofuturism and sound 1970s — fortunately, deciding not to attempt to reproduce the previous formula. Most shows the influence of David Bowie, and it sounds like in the Studio all the time went Danger mouse and The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, and that’s perfectly fine. On AM I could hear that Alex Turner and company have matured — it is now evident that they started noble age.

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Chvrches — Love Is Dead

The charming suppliers of hits for the millennial generation Chvrches attracted to work on their third album big pop producers Greg Kerstin and Steve Mac (they added sound team stadium scale), as well as invited to play and sing Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Matt of Berninger from The National. The result was a very convincing recording. Again, My Enemy with the vocal Berninger — perhaps the most beautiful and touching song Chvrches available.

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Monetochka — “Coloring for adults”

In 2018, from Lisa Kardymovo, that is, Moritoki was no escape. About “Coloring pages for adults”, wrote in Facebook the young and old alike, at some point has even been joined by Zemfira. Until last spring scattered public two years ago with the album “Psychedelic cloud-rap” singer said in a positive way, but she didn’t take it that seriously. The new disc, which emphasized simple songs and raw piano changed the lyrics a little deeper and dance arrangements, changed everything: no one was indifferent.

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Kids See Ghosts — Kids See Ghosts

During extreme patinetly Wyoming Sessions Kanye West has released five albums, among which stands out especially Kids See Ghosts (joint with kid Cudi). Workshop to work with samples, frantic energy, nuclear edlibi, desperate humanism — dovodilos all, as usual in the West, at the last moment, sometimes went out late, but went down in history of rap music as one of the boldest artistic and commercial decisions.

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Kamasi Washington — Heaven and Earth

Second completely solo LP (he really is “long”, duration — nearly two and a half hours) finally secured the American saxophonist of Kamasi Washington to the status of a modern classic of the genre. Naive and touching harmony, as if inspired by good Soviet movies, as well as the striking party tenor saxophone song Street Fighter Mas, perhaps, worthy of equating to the categories of jazz standards.

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Gorillaz — The Now Now
Suspiciously short break between polnoformatnyj Gorillaz (Humanz came out in April 2017, The Now Now — June 2018) simultaneously frightening and reassuring, but in the end the fears proved groundless: Damon Albarn managed to fully rehabilitate himself after the weak period of the disk (which one is that Andromeda is good). Latest work of the team contains almost no fitov, and those that are uniquely successful. Instead of the policy Humanz — a lengthy personal experiences, put on the elastic bits, tenacious synths and signature albanowski melancholy.

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“Komsomolsk” — “Dear Muscovites”

Another loud discussed this year called “Komsomolsk”. The team has two girls (Dasha and Arish) and two boys (Pasha and Vanya) as the summer sun and Twi-pop in Russian. More importantly, they sing well and a lot of modern Moscow, with its bike path, Park, Zaryadye, the program “My street”, benches, craftivity bars, festivals jam — hereinafter.

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Eminem — Kamikaze

If a prize existed nominated “Diss of the year”, this time she definitely went to Eminem who was offended by the criticism of his previous (mediocre) work of the Revival, got mad and gave a piercing release that went through everyone and everything. But most importantly — did it with the help of instantly settling in his head of instrumental, witty lyrics and incredible ultra speed readings.

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Paul McCartney — Egypt Station

What can I say — the name of the artist speaks for itself (and we about this album has already published a separate text).

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Jungle — For Ever

Continuation of the acclaimed debut album from British neosoul group Jungle had to wait for four years, but it was worth it. For Ever, certainly the most tender and brilliant music of the moment, who skillfully pretending to be California, although written in a rainy London.

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Twenty One Pilots — Trench

At Trench an extremely heterogeneous group of Twenty One Pilots, which can be written in pop-rock, demonstrated a certain courage and innovation: in the end, the temptation to keep churning out music, similar to the one that brought you success is very high. However, instead of the toothless (but very Groovy) bass and hip-chapovsky impact team chose to go in more of an alternative sound, sometimes giving the same Bring Me the Horizon.

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Ic3peak — Skazka

In 2018, the electronic horror Ic3peak Duo continued to sing in Russian, and also wove into the overall surreal mood even darker motives. And in this year, the group managed to gain fame of national scale — of the group drew attention after the cancellation of a number of her concerts in the regions. At the same time about it has told on air of the program “Besogon TV” (issue dedicated to teenage cruelty) Nikita Mikhalkov. The Director criticized the lyrics and psychedelic clips Ic3peak, but stressed that to prohibit such groups is impossible, but you need to work with young people today.

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Luna — “Enchanted dreams”

The final part of the novels, which opened last year’s “Island of freedom”, turned out to be much stronger than both of their previous releases Ukrainian singer moon — although it would seem, much much stronger. “Enchanted dreams” languid synth swirls and crunchy bits housewie polished almost to perfection, and the atmosphere of intimacy and mystery and then tries to overflow.

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Buckwheat — “We are like the characters”

Another participant of the scandal involving Zemfira — Buckwheat — December 2017 with a shot debut, “Stars of the night.” Less than a year, and the singer introduced the sequel to their hit records on which the designated producer Alexander Ionova has no (and this is probably good), but sincere and touching-naive recording of the moment — very even.

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Mgzavrebi — Geo
Georgians Mgzavrebi before recording the eighth numbered album has made an important decision — departed from the skillful use of folk motives in the direction of internationality and cosmopolitical. I would not want to belittle their past achievements, but somehow this led to the fact that Geo was the most powerful album in the discography of “Travelers”. We should also mention Ananke — absolutely disarming manifest purity and eternal childhood in the shower.

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The Good, The Bad & the Queen — Merrie Land

Damon Albarn this year, one of Gorillaz did not stop and reanimated his most successful (in terms of creativity) project the Good, the Bad & the Queen. In the Studio for him after 11-year hiatus, re-joined Paul Simonon (The Clash bassist), Simon Tong (guitarist and keyboardist for The Verve) and Tony Allen (drummer of fela Kuti, and perhaps the greatest living drummers). Place producer this time took Danger Mouse and Tony Visconti, which explains the slipping notes David Bowie in the album Merrie Land — a poignant love letter to England, which will disappear along with brexton.

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