Simon's Top 15 Favourite Records from 2018

23.12.18

It’s been another amazing year for new and re-issued vinyl. From lost jazz icons to the latest indie pop sensations, 2018 was another year that spoiled record collectors young and old.  Here are a few of my personal favourites (in no particular order!).

Can’t wait for 2019!

Simon

SHAME - SONGS OF PRAISE

A fantastic collection of melodic pop punk gems from one of the UK’s most exciting live bands. The next album should be HUGE….

GAZ COOMBES - THE WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN

A shop fave at Vinyl Revolution with more than a nod to Radiohead but this is an enduring, daring album from one of the UK’s best songwriters

DAVID SYLVIAN - DEAD BEES ON A CAKE

Great to finally see this one on vinyl. Expanded with unreleased tracks, the RSD release was on super-rare clear vinyl. But the black is just as lovely!

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE QUEEN – MERRIE LAND

An atmospheric sound reminiscent of an end of the pier concert on your last day on earth. Damon Albarn and co. delivered a slow-buring but addictive second that is well worth investigating.

INTERPOL – MARAUDER

More indie noir from one of the most consistent indie bands. A fine return!

PRIMAL SCREAM – GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP

The definitive version of an overlooked album highlights a soulful, groove laden record that could have been a classic if Creation had given it the green light back in 1994. A very different version was released but THIS is the only way to hear Primal Screams ‘other’ masterpiece!

KATE BUSH – AERIAL

I could have chosen any of this extensive re-issue campaign which saw all of Kate’s albums back in print, but Aerial wins due to its continuing ability to beguile. A brilliantly understated album

IDLES – JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE

This years break-out indie punk band made a startling and abrasive return which has seem them go from strength to strength. A fantastic album that deals with the human condition in frenetic bursts of strangled guitars. Ace!

REX ORANGE COUNTY - APRICOT PRINCESS

A quite staggering blend of beats and jazz from the ridiculously talented Alex O’Connor. Technically this came out in 2017 but I didn’t get to hear it until 2018…so it’s included!

XTC – SKYLARKING

There were 3 XTC LPs re-issued towards the end of 2018, but Skylarking edges it as it has been a fave of mine since it first came out in 1986. A brilliant song-cycle that just seems to get better with age.

 

SUEDE - THE BLUE HOUR

Another impressive album from the revitalized Suede. Blue of mood and amidst a raft of atmospheric instrumentation this is a fine collection of inward looking tunes. Catch the excellent ‘Insatiable Ones’ documentary if you can…Suede are surely the finest indie rock band to hail from Haywards Heath?

GRINDERMAN – GRINDERMAN

Another excellent return from Nick Cave’s other concern. Savage, dirty and brutal. And utterly essential. Buy the snazzy green vinyl if you can find it...

THE KINKS – ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY

50 years young and still an amazing album. As English as scones and tea, Ray Davies’ vision of a disappearing England is still resonant. But it’s also a collection of fantastic collection of catchy pop gems. Enjoy!

GOMEZ – BRING IT

OnnAn album that was so out of step with the times it later came to define them! A dizzy blend of urban blues and indie rock that is raw and potent. And the returning live shows were triumphant!

THE BEATLES - WHITE ALBUM BOX SET

If it wasn’t good enough that The White Album was being re-released, it came with demo’s from George Harrson’s house-surely the holy grail for the Beatle collector. A very nice package!