ROM Favourites – 2018

By December 6, 2018 Featured Artists, Latest, Music

2018 has been a year of insane new music… and below are our top 12 staff picks of 2018!

Keith – Gatto Fritto – The Sound Of love International

“Not an intellectual, artistic giant….but….
A quality compilation of dark, dense movers n groovers for horizontal dancers.”

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Naomi – Khruangbin – Con Todo EL Mundo

“One of my favourite records of this year. Guitarist Mark Speer is brilliant with his playing and creates amazing textures with his instrument. Highly recommend this.”

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Ed – Charles Watson – Now That I’m A River

“As soon as it’s finished playing, I start at the beginning again – the mark of an excellent album. Tapestry and
Everything Goes Right are two of my favourite tracks of the year, sublime song writing.”

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Azaria – Mac Demarco – Salad Days Demos

“Demarco’s mix of melancholy lyrics & funky melodies make this album undeniably good for me. From the woozy, lyrical guitar to the crazy bass lines. The perfect hazy day record.”

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Ben S – Tohru Aizawa Quartet – Tachibana

“One of the best business cards ever! Heavy jazz!”

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Ben J – Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – An Angel Fell

“Cosmic music for the believers”

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Andy – Womack & Womack – Missing Persons Bureau

“End of night BOMB”

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Ollie – Demob Happy – Holy Doom

“Big riffs and huge choruses”

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Richie – Cindy Lee – Act of Tenderness

“Step into the beautiful & haunting world of singer, guitarist and drag queen Patrick Flegel aka Cindy Lee.”

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Dave – Amen Dunes – Freedom

“A songwriter coming of age – vulnerable yet defiant – the album is a masterpiece from start to finish”

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Bex – Middle Kids – Lost Friends

“My favourite album of the year.  With an incredible sense of melody and being so lyrically poignant at times, this debut album is not only relatable but very memorable, even on a first listen. They have nailed the perfect balance between well crafted indie pop songs, framed around punchy guitars and sweeping harmonies. Edge of town being a firm favourite from the record.”

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Mark – Gulp – All Good Wishes

“Gulp completely disprove the theory of the ‘difficult second album syndrome’ with this cracker – equal parts kraut-rock, psychedelic pop and trippy folk it excels in every level. From the motorik rhythms of ‘Morning Velvet Sky, to the ethereal ‘All Good Wishes’ and the driving, pounding ‘Ride’ this is a stunner from start to finish – long live Gulp! Might I just add been a cracking year for albums and honorary mentions go to The Vryll Society, Our Girl, Molly Burch, Amen Dunes, DJ Koze and Wild Nothing for delivering classic longplayers.”

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