In 2018, MGMT decided to finally stop punishing themselves for their early history as viral hit makers. After suffering from imposter syndrome for getting famous off of songs like “Kids” which were released as the band was hardly out of college, the group put out some questionable releases and then went on a 5 year hiatus. Now MGMT has found the perfect middle ground in their sensibilities: earworm pop mixed with lo-fi aesthetics and Ariel Pink vibes.
It goes without saying that King Push ignited a cultural wildfire with this release. As one of the albums produced by Kanye West in his Wyoming Sessions, this is King Push at his finest, including strong beats and cutting lyrics. But it’s hard to separate the album from its controversies, including, but not limited to, his beef with Drake on “Infared,” which called out his potential ghostwriting and led to the subsequent track “The Story Of Adidon,” which alleged that Drake has a secret child.
It is hard to not be obsessed with Kali Uchis after the release of this debut album. Aurally she has a super silky, soulful voice and sings over rump shakers. Visually it gets even better—her music videos are super surreal and fun. Better put: How do you not love someone who got a collab with Bootsy Collins after tweeting professions of love at him?
Astroworld had a lot of hype, and it did not disappoint. It is incredibly fun to listen to in its variety, including the opening switch up on “SICKO MODE” and the psychedelic trap vibes on “Stargazing.” The album could’ve easily gone off the rails with the sheer volume of its collaborators, including Tame Impala, Swae Lee, and more. but remained true to Scott’s style. The visuals for this album were also fantastic, with its David LaChapelle-photographed cover and its operatic music videos.
2018 was not an easy year for the internet’s first boy band. Following the departure of beloved member Ameer Vann due to sexual misconduct allegations, the supergroup was tasked with finding a new balance for its many sounds. As a perfect teaser for the emotional turmoil the band felt making the new album, the group gave an emotional performance of “Tonya” on Jimmy Fallon. The group’s difficult transitional period paid off. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
6. Robyn – Honey
7. Mac Miller – Swimming
8. Vince Staples – FM!
9. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
10. The Internet – Hive Mind
11. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
12. Noname – Room 25
13. Kanye West – ye
14. Mitski – Be The Cowboy
15. Playboi Carti – Die Lit
16. Blood Orange – Negro Swan
17. The Internet – Hive Mind
18. John Grant – Love Is Magic
19. The Breeders – All Nerve
20. Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Most Likely To Tease A 2018 Album Release Date Then Ghost: Frank Ocean
Most Likely To Be Back, Alright: Backstreet Boys (album dropping 1/18)
Most Anticipated: Toro y Moi – Outer Peace
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