I’m definitely still trying to get my mind around 2018 by looking back at the accumulated mess of tastes I sampled throughout the year. After pouring through the compilations I loved last year, I had some hard choices to make; lots of great compilations really, and though I’m haunted by the thought that I’ve probably even missed hearing a few great ones, I feel like this last Sound Travels hour-long exploration got into some really dope ones.
For whatever reason, many of the new comps that I discovered were either African or African adjacent (ie. from her diaspora) and for me 2018 really shone a light on East Africa. Four of the compilations came from the Horn of Africa alone; two from the Sudan and one each from Somalia and Ethiopia. Two Brazilian releases at diametric ends of a sonic palette as well as two dope records from Caribbean lands round out my top ten.