2018 in Review

2018 has been a decent year for drum & bass, a very good one for all things prog & deep, but an unmistakably legendary one for ambient music. Here are my toplists:

=== Top 25 Planetarium tracks of 2018 ===
Nils Frahm – The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched / Sunson [Erased Tapes]
Gavin Miller feat. Aaron Martin – Upper Course I [Lost Tribe]
Bell Mountain – Vermilion (Red/Orange)
Nils Frahm – Kaleidoscope [Erased Tapes]
Shuta Yasukochi – Yoru (Alex Bober Remix) [Archives]
Nils Frahm – All Melody [Erased Tapes]
Cass. – 1000 Superdolphins [Into The Light]
Jacob Pavek – NOME [Unperceived]
Hotel Neon – Inward, Side A
Nils Frahm – A Place [Erased Tapes]
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy Love Theme [Lakeshore]
zarr. – Hiraeth [Stereoscenic]
Yui Onodera – Cromo 3 [Kompakt]
Hammock – The Night You Caught on Fire [Hammock]
Hotel Neon – Shadow Sites [Archives]
Solidarity Hymn – For a Wandering Beam of Sun
Endless Melancholy – Postcards [dronarivm]
Hotel Neon feat. Slow Meadow – Cold Suns
Pausal – Lateral Contact [hibernate]
Angus MacRae & InsaDonjaKai – Afar [Thesis]
Anthéne – Whatever Fire Is Burning [Polar Seas]
Akito Misaki – May
Endless Melancholy – Amaranthine [dronarivm]
Mordançage – Monuments Fall [Facture]
Jacob David – Loft [Moderna]

* Spotify does not include: zarr. – Hiraeth [Stereoscenic] | Pausal – Lateral Contact [hibernate] | Angus MacRae & InsaDonjaKai – Afar [Thesis] | Anthéne – Whatever Fire Is Burning [Polar Seas] | Akito Misaki – May. First two Nils Frahm tracks and Hotel Neon’s 3-part “Inward, Side A” are treated as one.

The second and final “Best of Planetarium 2018” part will be released on January 18.


=== Top 25 Helioscope tracks of 2018 ===

Monolink – Father Ocean (Ben Böhmer Remix) [Embassy One]
Pjusk & Porya Hatami feat. Anne Garner – Kviskra [Fnukk Fonogram]
George Fitzgerald feat. Tracey Thorn – Half-Light (Night Version) [Double Six]
Hydra – Amber (Vintage & Morelli Remix) [FSOE Parallels]
Martin Roth – Hypno Seq [Anjunadeep]
Mr Raoul K – African Paradigm (Kaito Remix) [Compost]
Roy Rosenfeld – Love from Afar [Lost & Found]
Joe Miller & Daniel Verhagen – A Sudden Taste of Redemption [Dream Culture]
A.M.R – Flight [Silk]
Michael A – Look Closer [Replug]
Movement Machina – Nakatomi [Zerothree]
eleven.five – To Mean It (Intro Mix) [Silk]
Antic – Touch of My Soul [Anjunadeep]
Guy J – Airborne [Lost & Found]
lycoriscoris – Kite [Anjunadeep]
Dusky – The Captain [17 Steps]
Naden – Waves [Silk]
Cubicolor – Counterpart [Anjunadeep]
Dee Montero feat. Meliha – Headspace [Anjunadeep]
DJ Koze – Pick Up [Pampa]
Kevin di Serna – Horizons [Endless]
Kev Sheridan – Alone in Berlin [Maeve]
Eli & Fur – Parfume (Dosem Remix) [Anjunadeep]
Mat Zo – Meaning Lost All Words [Anjunabeats]
Detroit Swindle – Cut U Loose [Heist]

This year’s “Helioscope Yearmix” will be released sometime between January 16 and January 20.


=== Top 15 Distant tracks of 2018 ===
High Contrast – God Only Knows [3beat]
Bop x Subwave – Clair de Lune [Microfunk]
Keeno – The Comet [Hospital]
Ólafur Arnalds – inconsist [Decca]
Break feat. Celestine – Last Goodbye [Symmetry]
SpectraSoul feat. Dan Moss – Burst (Calibre Remix) [Ish Chat]
Camo & Krooked feat. James Hersey – Like I Do (Nu:Logic Remix) [Mosaik]
Break feat. Kyo – The Edge of Time [Symmetry]
DJ Patife & Vangeliez feat. MC Fats & Stamina MC – Living Together [V]
Camo & Krooked – Come Together (Bop Remix) [Mosaik]
Camo & Krooked – Tagtraum (GLXY, Satl & Malaky Remix) [Mosaik]
Blu Mar Ten feat. Robert Manos – Keep It Together (Calibre Remix) [Blu Mar Ten]
LSB feat. Kinross – Roots [Footnotes]
Camo & Krooked – Passion (Dan Dakota Remix) [Mosaik]
Mitekiss & Mr. Porter feat. Emilienne Chouadossi – Viewpoint [Hospital]


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=== Top 25 Artists ===

Andrew Tasselmyer
Steven Kemner
Michael Tasselmyer
Luis Miehlich
Nils Frahm
Bradley Sean Alexander
Ludvig Cimbrelius
Hammock
r beny
Rival Consoles
Modd
Robert Farrugia
Gallery Six
Endless Melancholy
Poemme
Aaron Martin
Ryan Davis
Olan Mill
Guy J
Warmth
Steve Good
Benoît Pioulard
Cid Inc.
Dmitry Molosh
Andre Sobota


=== Top 10 Newcomers ===

lycoriscoris
Kev Sheridan
zarr.
Akito Misaki
Theo Alexander
Hermanez
Northumbria
Endurance
Bell Mountain
Anti Shift


=== Top 10 Labels ===
Lost & Found
Archives
dronarivm
Replug
Silk Music
Anjunadeep
Thesis Project
Erased Tapes
Polar Seas
Sound in Silence

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