Staff 2018 End Of Year Lists

AllPoints staff albums of the year 2018

 The team have been making their lists and checking it thrice.

Top 5 albums of the year (no order), honourable mentions for those who didn’t quite make the cut and a gig of the year.

Thanks 2018.

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Haze – The Shacks (Big Crown)

Double Negative – Low (Sub Pop)

Insecure Men – Insecure Men (Fat Possum)

Snare Like A Haircut – No Age (Drag City)

Black Swan – Blood Orange (Domino)

Honourable Mentions


Des Demonas – Des Demonas (In The Red)

Abysskiss – Adrianne Lenker – (Saddle Creek)

Suggestive Listening EP – Ulrika Spacek (Tough Love)

Sex & Food – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Jagjaguwar)

Con Todo El Mundo – Khruangbin (Night Time Stories)


Gig of the year: Amyl & The Sniffers @ Prince Albert - Brighton.



Forever - Popcaan  (Mixpak)

In Another Life - Sandro Perri (Constellation)

Outside - Burna Boy (Atlantic)

Yawn - Bill Ryder Jones (Domino)

Mark Renner - Few Traces (RVNG International)

Honourable mentions


Invitation to Her's - Her's (Heist Or Hit) 

Hundreds Of Days - Mary Lattimore (Ghostly International)

Murkage Dave Changed My Life - Murkage Dave (NONE)

Detritus Preterit Selections - Sharp Veins (UNO NYC)

Ordinary Corrupt Human Life - Deafheaven (Anti)

Gig of the year:Nick Cave, All Points East 




Blawan - Wet Will Always Dry (Album / Ternesc)
A.A.L (Against All Logic) - 2012-2017 (Album / Other People)
Peggy Gou - Once (EP / Ninja Tune)
Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still (Album / Ninja Tune)
Nils Frahm - All Melody (Album / Erased Tapes)

Honourable mentions

Mall Grab - How The Dogs Chill, Vol. 1 (EP / Looking For Trouble)
Alix Perez - Enchiridion (EP / 1985 Music)
Max Cooper - One Hundred Billion Sparks (Album / MESH via Phases)
Jon Hopkins - Singularity (Album / Domino)
Daniel Avery - Song For Alpha (Album / Phantasy)

Gig of the year:  Bonobo closing the Clearing stage at Dimensions festival this summer.  Did 5 out of 8 hours. ✔️Magical set.




Top 5 albums:


Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine – (PEOPLE / Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner)

A Humdrum Star - GoGo Penguin – (Decca Records)
Noonday Dream - Ben Howard – (Island Records)

Feels Like Air - ISLAND – (Beatnik Creative)

Black Honey - Black Honey – (Foxfive Records)


Honourable mentions

re:member – Olafur Arnalds – (Mercury KX)

Binary Childhood – Otzeki – (Discophorus)

Boygenius – Boygenius – (Matador Records)

Cali EP – Matthew And The Atlas – (MATA)

Joy As An Act Of Resistance – Idles – (Partisan Records)


Gig of the year– Bon Iver @ Eventim Apollo




Top 5 Albums


Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament – Ghetts (GIIG)

EL MAL QUERER – Rosalia (Sony)

Crop Circle – Nines (XL)

Brixton – Sneakbo (Jetskiwave)

Jackuum - D Double E (Bluku)


Honourable mentions:


Strata - Jesse James Solomon (Once In A Blue Moon)

No Mountains in Manhattan – Wiki (XL)

Some Rap Songs- Earl Sweatshirt (Columbia)

DOU3LE 3AK- WSTRN (Atlantic)

48 Hours- M Huncho (M Huncho)


Gig of the year: COTCH with M Huncho, Nyge, Manara, Lil C & More @ Bussey Building 




Top 5 Albums


Kingdoms in Colour - Maribou State - Counter

Joy as an Act of Resistance - IDLES - Partisan

EPHEM:ERA - WEN - Big Dada

Knock Knock - DJ Koze - Pampa

Soil - serpentwithfeet - Secretly Canadian / Tri Angle


5 Honourable Mentions


Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides - SOPHIE - MSMSMSM / Future Classic / Transgressive

The Corner of a Sphere - Alabaster Deplume - Lost Map

Devotion - Tirzah - Domino

Sink - Sudan Archives - Stones Throw (EP)

Black Times - Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Strut


Gig of the year: Habibi Funk @ Habibi - Tunis




Top 5 Albums


Scorpion - Drake (Young Money/Cash Money)

Hill Climber - Vulfpeck (Vulf Recs)

Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By - Kendrick Lamar et al. (Aftermath)

Room 25 - Noname (Noname)

A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships - The 1975 (Polydor/Interscope)


5 Honourable Mentions


Young Sick Camellia - St.Paul & The Broken Bones (Columbia)

Heaven and Earth - Kamasi Washington (Young Turks)

Whack World - Tierra Whack (Interscope)

Oxnard - Anderson .Paak (Aftermath)

Sex & Food - Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Jagjaguwar)


Gig of the year: Vulfpeck @ Brixton Academy



Top 5 Albums


Emilie Nicolas - Tranquille Emile (Emilie Nicolas Music)

Tirzah - Devotion (Domino)

Kali Uchis – Isolation (Virgin)

Saba - Care For Me (Saba Pivot)

Dream Wife - Dream Wife (Lucky Number) 


5 Honourable mentions


Robyn – Honey (Konichiwa)

The Good The Bad & The Queen - Merrie Land (Studio 13)

Rosalia - El Mal Querer (Sony) 

Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

Snail Mail - Lush (Matador)


Gig of the year: Björk at All Points East  


Staff 2017 End Of Year Lists

We asked each member of the team here to reflect back on the year and give us some highlights.

Top 5 albums (no order) and a favourite gig each please. Honourable mentions were allowed for those who found this too difficult. 



·      Big Thief – Capacity (Saddle Creek)

·      Tim Darcy – Saturday Night (Jagjaguwar)

·      Protomartyr - Relatives In Decent (Domino)

·      Aldous Harding – Party (4AD)

·      Katie Von Schleicher - Shitty Hits (Full Time Hobby)

Honourable mentions: Baxter Dury ‘Prince of Tears’,  Downtown Boys ‘Cost of Living’, Jon McKiel ‘Memorial Ten Count’, Ulrika Spacek ‘Modern English Decoration’, 'Here Lies Man 'ST', Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever 'The French Press', H. Grimace 'Self Architect'

Gig of the year: Tall Juan @ The Lock Tavern



·      Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (Aftermath/Interscope/TDE)

·      Tzusing - 東方不敗 (L.I.E.S.)

·      The National - Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

·      The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)

·      Olafur Arnalds - Eulogy For Evolution (Erased Tapes)

Honourable mentions: Broken English Club ‘ The English Beach’, Wolf Alice ‘ Visions Of A life’, Lana Del Rey ‘Lust For Life’, Kelly Lee Owens ‘ST’

Gig of the year: Sigur Ros @ Hammersmith Apollo



·      Jade Bird – Something American (EP) (Glasssnote)

·      The National – Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

·      Feist – Pleasure (Polydor)

·      St Vincent – MASSEDUCATION (Lorna Vista/Concord)

·      Ryan Adams – Prisoner (PaxAmericana/Blue Note)

Gig of the year: Razorlight @ Kew Gardens



·      Chuck Johnson – Balsams (Vin Du Qualitite)

·      Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life (Loose Music)

·      Oliver Tank – OT (Oliver Tank)

·      Moses Sumney - Aromanticism (Jagjaguwar)

·      Sophia Kennedy - self-titled (Pampa Records)

Gig of the year: Bill Callahan - Hoxton Hall



·      Jay Z - 4.44 (Roc Nation)

·      Nines - One Foot Out (XL)

·      J Hus - Common Sense (Black Butter)

·      Sonder - Sonder (Sonder)

·      Wiley - Godfather (Wiley/CTA Records) 

Honourable mention: Chip - 'League Of My Own II'

 Gig of the year: Nao - Afropunk 



·      Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains (Matador)

·      The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)

·      Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life (Dirty Hit)

·      Everything Everything -  A Fever Dream (RCA)

·      A Blaze Of Feather – ST (Hell Up Records)

Honourable mentions: The National ‘Sleep Well Beast’, Nothing But Thieves ‘Broken Machine’, Slutface ‘Try Not To Freak Out’, Flyte ‘The Loved ones’

 Gig of the year: Foals - a la Citadel



·      Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

·      Sundara Karma - Youth is only ever fun in retrospect (Chess Club /RCA)

·      The War on Drugs - A deeper understanding (Atlantic)

·      Brockhampton - Saturation II (Question Everything, INC / Empire)

·      Big Thief - Capacity (Saddle Creek)

Gig of the year - Bon Iver at Primavera 


As you were.