The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: Mastersystem

2018. What is there to say? It was another year full of terrible, horrible things on a grand scale. But as with 2017, which was also a year full of terrible, horrible things, there seemed to be an abundance of really, really good music. And thank the heavens for that.

This year I had an even harder time coming up with my list than I did for the 2017 version of the list, which is probably obvious given there's 101 records in this year's batch (and that's after whittling about 30 off that total). But I just couldn't leave any of these hundred and one records off my list.

As with my 2017 picks, I've gone in alpha order from A-Z and nothing has a number ranking. Partially, that's because I'm pretty indecisive and it also just feels wrong to do anything other than just share the love equally. 101 ways. As always, the list ended up surprising me. Some records I thought might end up on my list are absent, and happily there were quite a few previously unknown bands that ended up stealing my heart and getting themselves in on the list. I truly hope you'll be reminded of some music you enjoyed last year, and I also hope you'll perhaps find new favorites to swoon over from here on out. My sincere and endless thanks to each and every band/artist on the list, because thanks to them 2018 was a little less insane.

Who: Mastersystem

What: Dance Music

When: April 2018

Where: Physical Education Records

Why: Another great record that's so bittersweet to listen to. The coming together of two sets of brothers (the Lockeys of Editors and Minor Victories and the Hutchisons of Frightened Rabbits), this project was sadly cut short with the tragic passing of Scott Hutchison last year. The songs on Dance Music nod to each members' respective band, with gruff melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and intricate layers of crunchy fuzz the common ground. It's a record to come back to time and time again, never hearing the songs quite the same way twice.

[posted 5.11.19]


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