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Calc's Cool Cuts 2018

This year has been incredible for me. I work in my dream job (not dream agency but still) and I had my first child a few weeks ago. I'm thankful for all of it and I wish everyone the happiest of holidays. List is top 10 year end list material for sure.
50Vince Staples
FM!


Rap/Hip-Hop

I'll say this a lot but this shit was fun. the beats make it so and vince bobs along nicely
49Karas
Karas


Death metal/ Post Hardcore

people seem to be taking bits and pieces of post-hardcores playbook and incorporating it into all sorts of styles lately and it sure seems to be working a lot
48Royal Coda
Royal Coda


Post-Hardcore

Sergio is easily the most talented guitarist is this swamp of swancore incest and while his foray with Kurt Travis wasn't bad per se. I feel like he's wasting his time lately
47Chester Watson
Project 0


Rap/ Hip-Hop

dude sounds like he don't care but whoever made these beats did. chill chill stuff
46Denzel Curry
TA13OO


Rap/ Hip-Hop

it's all been said already, this is fantastic shit though
45Kamasi Washington
Heaven And Earth


Jazz

Kamasi Washington's sound may not be too exciting but I found myself gripped yet again by this. I missed his date where I live and again, I'm upset
44Alkaline Trio
Is This Thing Cursed?


Pop-Punk

I fully expected this to suck. and I was fully and completely wrong. old rockers writing old man pop-punk rock and it's great
43DJ Koze
knock knock


Electronic

I found this waaaaay too late and I'm upset
42Larry and His Flask
This Remedy


Punk/ Bluegrass

band isn't the same and they took so long to release this but still totally worth a listen or 3
41Shad
A Short Story About A War


Rap/ Hip-Hop

another rapper with some wisdom to impart, maybe a little preachy but the dude is good
40THE FEVER 333
Made An America


Rock/ Electronic

my favorite drummer's other band with the dude from letlive who apparently wishes he was a black guy. it aint that nice all the time bro trust me. this release though tickled me in a good way. pretty much all bangers and I can dig that.
39Senses Fail
If There Is Light, It Will Find You


Pop-Punk

i loved the heavy sound this band had the past few albums but sometimes you don't wanna talk in poetry and metaphors. you just wanna say something. That's what I feel this album was for Buddy
38Four Stroke Baron
Planet Silver Screen


Rock/ Depeche Mode

I liked the juxtaposition on this album between the over produced instruments and the vocals. great find by the reviewer on this site.
37Greyhaven
Empty Black


Metalcore

Shameless ETID love despite what the lead singer says but I'm very happy this came out near the beginning of the year cuz I've been listening to it non-stop. hopefully the next release won't be so top heavy though.
36Azusa
Heavy Yoke


Hardcore

Music is insane and chaotic just like people expected but the vocals, while sounding great, really dragged this down by being much too samey. Hopefully some more variety will catapult the next release but all the ingredients are here
35Polyphia
New Levels New Devils


Rock/ Instrumental

i judged the fuck outta this group after I saw them in music video and heard the wank they used to play. this however is just fun. this group is not meant to be taken seriously
34Mamaleek
Out of Time


Black Metal

completely exemplifies black metal and does so without traditional distorted guitars. very bleak and dark
33Tilian Pearson
The Skeptic


Pop Rock

catchy nonsense and nothing more..... I've probably heard it 30 times by now
32Tigran Hamasyan
For Gyumri


Piano

best contemporary pianist?
31The Doppelgangaz
AAAAGGGHH


Rap/ Hip-Hop

my favorite duo in the game. this isn't as strong as Dopp Hopp but there are some lines in this that'll make you cover your mouth
30Michael Cera Palin
"I Don't Know How To Explain It"


Emo

Always like me some emo that can play a guitar without leaning on a delay pedal
29Entropia (PL)
Vacuum


Metal/ Swing

the website I found this on described the sound as swing and that's just what this is. not DSO level swing but I've never heard anything like it. the music fills it's long runtime nicely as it holds your attention without being "catchy"
28Turnstile
Time and Space


Hardcore

this shit is fun
27Rosalia
El Mal Querer


Pop/ Flamenco

the typical whines of her selling out and this being soulless were expected but as far as pop music goes it didn't get much better than this. she injects her flamenco soul into her new pop sound flawlessly and I was entranced by her voice the entire time. this woman is going to blow tf up, hell if she performed in english she already would be
26Hail the Sun
Mental Knife


Post-Hardcore

judging by the ratings this is completly overrated but like people say, there aren't many if any doing the swancore sound better right now
25Kilo Kish
Mothe


Pop/Indie

semi-experimental ethereal pop from a common vince staples collaborator
24The Story So Far
Proper Dose


Pop-Punk

they changed a little bit but thankfully kept all the catchiness
23Maeth
Whaling Village


Stoner Rock/ Metal

a little raw but maeth give us a thick chunk of stone to wittle on here. fun to listen to all the little intricacies of each track
22serpentwithfeet
soil


RnB/Gospel

Doesn't hit as hard as his debut EP but the man is obviously beautiful inside and out
21Ross From Friends
Family Portrait


Electronic

brainfeeder goodness, can't explain WHY I'm really diggin this guy as opposed to others but I really liked this
20Iglooghost
Clear Tamei


Weeble wobbles/ Electronic

the novelty has worn off but I'll be listening to this dude as long as he puts stuff out. very inventive and quirky stuff
19Iglooghost
Steel Mogu


Weeble wobbles/ Electronic

ditto
18Oh, Adeona
Oh, Adeona


Post-Hardcore/ Instrumental

until night verses dropped their masterpiece, this was easily best instrumental rock album for me. shades of dionaea, the fall of troy, and save us from the archon all wrapped up in this bad boy, fantastic stuff
17Real Friends
Composure


Pop-Punk

if anyone has better pop-punk than this from this year let me know please.
16Murs
A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable


Rap/ Hip Hop

very introspective look at loss and the state of society from an intelligent viewpoint. the song about superheros is fucking awesome too
15Palm Reader
Braille


Hardcore

breaking my neck to Coalesce's chorus over and over
14Submotion Orchestra
Kites


Dub/Electronic

Bit of a return to form and their form is fantastic, they need to do a US tour
13World's End Girlfriend
MEGURI


Ambient/ Electronic

like the approach with only 3 tracks, 2nd track is cute going from cutesy Nutcracker vibes to castlevania-sounding. maybe a little corny but it won't put you to sleep
12Elder Brother
Stay Inside


Alt Rock/ Emo

not sure what changed but I clicked with this album immediately and their last piece I thought was boring af. top indie rock of the year here
11The Armed
Only Love


Cybergrind

genghis tron nostalgia, loved this
10Kindo
Happy However After


Jazz/ Contemporary Rock?

hate the name change, don't get it. this isn't as good as earlier efforts either (and there's barely anything that's better than their debut) but the boys sound as tight and pretty as always. another note, they also cover dreams from fleetwood mac and I loved it, might be worth listening to for fans
9Aviations
The Light Years


Djent/ Alt Rock

supremely catchy chunky riffz, need to put this on my gym playlist
8Dedekind Cut
Tahoe


Ambient/ Drone

my fave ambient release of the year, I really like this artist formally known as lee bannon
7Poly-Math
House of Wisdom | We Are the Devil


Math Rock/ Post- Hardcore

technical but smooth, not a lot of the overly angular stuff but good
6Jon Hopkins
Singularity


Electronic

need to listen to this more but more than a couple nights were spent zoning out to this piece of work
5Rad Horror
Anti Teenage Sensation - Part 1


Alt Rock

completely loved this when I found it, reminds me of brand new and nirvana mix made with today's production. catchy
4JPEGMAFIA
Veteran


Rap/ Hip-Hop

This album was playing when my Zune crapped out on me so I resent it but this guy has a neat thing going (and has fans that call him peggy)
3High on Fire
Electric Messiah


Doom/ Stoner/ Motorhead

No matter how much weird shit I try out I'm always gonna come back to the riffz and this delivers
2Filthy Young Impalers
Pattern Blue


Death Metal

Fantastic little tech death EP, completely relentless so do yourself a favor
1Night Verses
From the Gallery of Sleep


......

AOTY for past two years for me have been instrumental albums. nothing really more to say about this that hasn't been said
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