The Best Electronic Albums of 2018 so far: A blog about the best electronic albums released in 2018. I’ll be updating this list throughout the year, and it’s a good way to keep track of what I’m listening to.
If you’re looking for great music, check out the following list:
1. **The Black Madonna** – [The Black Madonna](https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22252-the-black-madonna/)
2. **Jlin** – [Black Origami](https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22252-the-black-madonna/)
3. **Alva Noto** – [Xerrox Vol 1](https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22252-the-black-madonna/)
4. **Flying Lotus** – [Cosmogramma](https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22252-the-black-madonna/)
5. **Lusine** – [Serial Hodgepodge](https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22252-the-black-madonna/)
We’ve rounded up the best electronic albums of 2018 so far.
It’s been a packed six months for dance music with some incredible records across a range of genres and styles. A few things have stuck out for me; we’ve seen the return of major names like Richie Hawtin and Daft Punk, but also some amazing album debuts from the likes of Avalon Emerson and Ross From Friends.
We’ve seen the continued development of exciting new labels like Lobster Theremin, R&S and Ninja Tune’s Techno offshoot Technicolour, as well as some really forward thinking releases from established labels like Warp and Hyperdub.
I’ve picked out my favourite 20 albums below – in no particular order. I hope you find something new to enjoy!
2018 has been an exceptional year for electronic music. Many of the genres biggest names have been relatively quiet, but that hasn’t slowed down the output from the scene’s emerging talents and those who we’ve come to expect big things from each year.
From FISHER to Denis Sulta, there’s been some standout releases already this year, so with the summer festival season still to come, we’ve rounded up our favourite electronic albums of 2018 (so far).
FISHER – ‘Crowd Control’
The Australian DJ/producer has quickly become one of the most talked about acts in house music, thanks to his infectious house records and a relentless touring schedule that has seen him play shows all over the world.
His latest EP, Crowd Control sees Fisher flex his production muscle once again as he delivers four original tracks and one remix. The title track is an absolute belter and is sure to be a firm favourite at festivals across Europe this summer.
It’s a familiar feeling, at least for those of us who have been around long enough to remember the early days of electronic music. In 2018, as a new generation of artists push the boundaries of dance music and create some truly incredible work, there’s an eerie sense that we’ve seen this all before.
Indeed, even in the first half of the year alone, there have been albums by a range of artists that call back to the past. Call Super’s Arpo was a nod to 90s techno, while Errorsmith’s Superlative Fatigue and Objekt’s Cocoon Crush were meant to evoke Autechre and Aphex Twin respectively. There were also plenty more that drew on tropes from earlier eras: Jan Jelinek’s Zwischen (between), Actress’ LAGEOS and Helena Hauff’s Qualm all contained elements of classic techno.
But if many of these albums looked backward for inspiration, others forged ahead into interesting new territory. Oneohtrix Point Never’s Age Of is a glitchy, often disorienting trip through sound art; Yves Tumor’s Safe In The Hands Of Love is pop music run through a kaleidoscopic filter; Actress’ LAGEOS is an extended ambient excursion
An electronic album is an album made up of electronic tracks that can be listened to on digital devices. Electronic albums are available for download from the Internet, and can also be bought from stores. Electronic albums are typically sold at a discounted price when compared to physical albums, with the exception of those released by major record labels.
Electronic music is a genre of music produced by electronic instruments such as synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers. It has led to the development of several genres that have become popular in recent years. Electronic music is most commonly associated with drum machines and synthesizers, but there are many other types of instrumentation that can be used to create electronic music.
Electronic music is often influenced by other genres such as hip-hop, house, techno, and disco. The term “electronic album” can be used to refer to any type of album that includes electronic songs and their respective remixes or re-recordings.
Strawberry Moon – Telefon Tel Aviv
Blood Bitch – Jenny Hval
The OOZ – King Krule
AAA 001 – Actress
One More Time With Feeling – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma
Glossier – Yves Tumor
World Eater – Blanck Mass
Reveries of the Solitary Walker – Madteo
Saudade – Manu Delago handmade
Songs From Before – Harold Budd & Ruben Garcia
Epitath – Ricardo Donoso