Looking back at 2018

In what is, slightly ironically, the 2,019th post on this blog, let’s take a few moments to look back at the last year, a year which included:

  • As mentioned above, we passed our 2,000th post in the six-and-a-half year history of this blog. We’ve reviewed over 400 releases during that time!
  • Another five Stowaway Heroes
  • Detailed looks back at the histories of the NME and Ivor Novello Awards
  • Dubstar‘s long-awaited comeback, with their first new material in 18 years
  • Another two new albums by Jean-Michel Jarre, who appears to have entered the most prolific period in his career
  • Also two albums by Erasure – remix album World Beyond and questionably named live album World Be Live
  • Great new albums from The Future Sound of London and Tracey Thorn

Christmas chart for stowaways 2018

Do you hear the sound of jingle bells? Me neither, apparently. Here’s this year’s none-too-festive Christmas chart:

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Arrival Home
  3. Ladytron – Far from Home
  4. Jean-Michel Jarre – Flying Totems
  5. Ladytron – The Animals
  6. The Beloved – The Sun Rising
  7. Jean-Michel Jarre – Coachella Opening
  8. Erasure – Make It Wonderful
  9. Ladytron – The Island
  10. David Bowie – Breaking Glass

Top tracks of 2018 – Ladytron

  • 10. Goldfrapp feat. Dave Gahan – Ocean
  • 9. Little Boots feat. planningtorock – Eros
  • 8. The Presets – Martini
  • 7. Simon Mills – Eagle City Nights
  • 6. Saint Etienne – Camel Coat
  • 5. Tracey Thorn – Dancefloor
  • 4. Jean-Michel Jarre – Flying Totems
  • 3. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Path 7)
  • 2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Arrival Home

Number 1 is this, originally from Ladytron, and brilliantly mixed by the Living God Vince Clarke, here’s The Animals:

Top tracks of 2018 – The Future Sound of London

This year appears to have been a year of retrospectives, and so before we look at this one, let’s count down the top ten so far:

  • 10. Goldfrapp feat. Dave Gahan – Ocean
  • 9. Little Boots feat. planningtorock – Eros
  • 8. The Presets – Martini
  • 7. Simon Mills – Eagle City Nights
  • 6. Saint Etienne – Camel Coat
  • 5. Tracey Thorn – Dancefloor
  • 4. Jean-Michel Jarre – Flying Totems

At number 3 this year is the brilliant new extended mix of The Future Sound of London‘s My Kingdom – this is Path 7:

Chart for stowaways – 8 December 2018

Here’s the week’s top ten!

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Arrival Home
  3. Ladytron – Far from Home
  4. Ladytron – The Animals
  5. Jean-Michel Jarre – Flying Totems
  6. The Beloved – The Sun Rising
  7. Jean-Michel Jarre – Coachella Opening
  8. Ladytron – The Island
  9. David Bowie – Breaking Glass
  10. Gary Numan – It Will End Here