Dec 31, 2018

Best electronic albums of 2018: five

5 – Skee Mask – Compro (Ilian Tape)

This album has been well covered by better-known top ten lists, so I won’t go into information overload with this one. Also it’s nearly 1am when I’m writing this and I’m tired. Pfffrt.

Compro will be best remembered for its techy rollers, its nu-school breaks, but at its heart is a precision-controlled ambient album. Indeed it’s nearly ten minutes before a proper beat lands, and even then it’s all tickled with twinkles, like that little glint in a hippo’s eye when it wears its first tutu.

50 Euro To Break Boost is a hands-down classic: just the right amount of decay and delay, and a theme of crumbling structures echoed in its falling, shimmering chords. Beautiful.

The fact that this is only at number five in this list just shows the strength on offer this year. Good work, music makers. Nice tutu, hippo. Where did that hippo come from? Crikey, I need some sleep.

Scroll all of the best 2018 electronic albums by clicking here.

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