Thursday, August 29, 2019

McQ's Best Of 2018 Mix Collection

And here it is, the complete McQ's Best Of 2018 mix collection.  Click on the mix names for the full write-ups and various links, or just listen to everything here on this page.

And remember, you can always follow McQ & Nancy on Spotify and access all their mixes directly at David Francis McQuillen.

We begin as we usually do, with McQ's mix of favorite cuts from his favorite albums of 2018.

Arguably Punk's best year of the 2010's is looked at in greater depth here.  Includes highlights from releases by IDLES, Parquet Courts, Shame, Iceage, Fucked Up, Daughters, Hot Snakes, and Jeff Rosenstock.

Female artists continue their trend of dominating the contemporary indie rock/pop/folk scene .  Many of 2018's top highlights from the likes of US Girls, The Beths, Snail Mail, Courtney Barnett, Boygenius, Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, Hop Along, Neko Case, First Aid Kit, and more are included here. 

Contemporary Pop, Jazz, Crossover Country, Alt R&B, mainstream Hip Hop and some really odd but very current experimental works are the emphasis here.  Includes stellar efforts from the likes of Yves Tumor, Tierra Whack, Kamasi Washington, Sons Of Kemmet, Kids See Ghosts, Kacey Musgraves, serpentwithfeet, Sophie, Noname, Trove Syvian, Cardi B, Khruangbin, Cardi B, Earl Sweatshirt, Young Fathers, Kali Uchis, The 1975 and more.

Electropop oriented dance and funky R&B is the almost exclusive focus on this mix which profiles great recent efforts from Christine And The Queens, Robyn, Janelle Monae, Rosalia, Django Django, Jessie Ware, DJ Koze, Let's Eat Grandma, US Girls, Against All Logic, and the unstoppable Confidence Man

My daughter Eleanor joins the family tradition with her debut mix of contemporary 2018 favorites, including efforts from the likes of Ariana Grande, Pusha T, Travis Scott and many more. 

Indie rock may be down, but it's hardly out. Ranging from dream pop all the way to Death Metal, this mix profiles a number of acts still feature the guitar prominently in their art.  Includes 2018 tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Thee Oh Sees, Amen Dunes, Black Foxxes, Hookworms, The Xcerts, Sleep, Deafheaven, Stephen Malkmus, Screaming Females, Spiritualized, Ezra Furman, The Liminanas, Wild Nothing, Ought, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

My son Kevin returns in 2018 with his second collection of contemporary Hip Hop favorites. 

Many of 2018's best oddball, electronic and/or barely there vaporous tunes are gathered here.  Includes efforts from Low, Beak>, Julia Holter, Skee Mask, Rival Consoles, Gazelle Twin, Underworld, Gwenno and Nulifer Yanya among others.

Another great batch of Nancy curated tunes here.  Includes 2018 highlights from Sufjan Stevens, Rhye, Phosphorescent, Nathaniel Ratleiff, John Prine, Hozier, Hop Along, David Byrne, Father John Misty, and several more. 

Volume 11 - The Next 100

No write up for this one, just, in no particular order, the next 100 great 2018 songs I was considering that barely missed the cut.

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