Before we move forward into 2019 and keep sharing our wax – we wanted to make our own Top-5 of 2018. This doesn’t mean these records were the best 5 albums released (digital or on wax), but instead they’re just five of our favorites. So here it is…
#5. Protoje – A Matter of Time (2xLP)
This dude Protoje brought the 🔥 with his 2014 Ancient Future release…but in 2018 he took it to the next level with his follow-up, A Matter of Time. The production is top notch, courtesy of one of the best in the game today – Mr. Winta James, and the overall vibe is a masterclass blend of roots reggae, hip hop, and soul. Don’t just take our word for it though – go drop the needle on the opening track, “Flames” – orchestrated by the Matt Jones Orchestra, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
#4. Ghost McGrady – Believe (LP)
First off, shout out to SF’s @originalsvinylfor giving us a genuine “what the fuck is this?!” moment back in early Nov of ‘18. The “this” we were asking about happened to be a beautifully crafted, curated collection of tracks courtesy of @ghostmcgrady . The landscapes painted by the beats and samples on this record are 💯 certified fresh. Although this release dropped in late 2018, it’s gotten plenty of spins to make it into our top five. #vibes
#3. Brandon Coleman – Resistance (2xLP)
Coming in at numero tres is this great “debut” double LP by @brandoncoleman . It’s a fresh throwback and feel good funk/r&b/soul record that we just wish had been dropped before the summer. No worries though, as we’ll be putting this instant classic in rotation for many summers to come. Coleman’s vocoder game is strong and @brainfeederrecords continues their 🔥 streak of releases.
#2. August Greene – August Greene (2xLP)
This collaboration project @augustgreeneband had been years in the making it seems, and damn was it worth the wait. One of the most underrated to do it (IMO), Lonnie Lynn @common gets busy on the mic – and when you got his rhymes accompanied by the talents of @robertglasper and @karriemriggins – you get a hiphop record that becomes timeless even when the subject matter is as current as anything else out there. We had to wait a minute for the record to drop on wax in 2018, but it’s one that we’re glad to own.
#1. Leon Bridges – Good Thing (LP)
There could only be one for 2018 and we had to go back to @leonbridgesofficialsophomore release, Good Thing, to find it. As we highlighted last year, many folks were caught a little off guard with the flip of the script from his debut album – but damn does this album hold water. This LP still has all the feels of yesteryear a la Sam Cooke, but the production value of today’s music (in a good way). Hats off to @rickyreed for steering the ship.