Best of 2018 – The Photographers View

The Photographer’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

It’s that time again, when all the mince pies have been eaten and the gin has nearly run out. Time for us here at Fighting Boredom to give you our opinions on the year that has been 2018.

First up it’s photographer Martin Ward’s choices. The list is eclectic and sums up the breadth of good new music we have found this year.

Have a read and have a listen.





1 – Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance

This album stands above everything else this year, on top of the lyrics ranging from toxic masculinity, immigration, class and more made this unmissable, add the hyped up indie beats and riffs and this is pretty much perfect. Why fight it, join in..

2 – µ-Ziq – Challenge Me Foolish

This collection of µ-Ziq’s output dates from the late nineties, it’s an excellent warm, open record. Whimsical and melodic and at the time he confused people. Well worth rediscovering.

3 – Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Hormone Lemonade

Ex Stereolab member’s excellent exploration into modular synths and home made drum machines. Electronic music to immerse yourself in.

04 – JK Flesh – pl04

Static filled on the edge techno from the Godflesh founder. At it’s absolute best pumping out of a PA with mentalist Dublin kids going bonkers.


05-Tim Hecker – Konoyo

Tim Hecker’s official ninth full length album was recorded in a temple on the outskirts of Tokyo with gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso. It’s a record of restraint and elegance.

06 – Juniore – Ouh La La

Utterly fantastic French bonkers album, there’s homages to twangy rock’n’roll, sixties pop and organs, and the coolest laid back voice you could wish for.


07 – Gas – Rausch

An hour long ambient techno journey, meant to be listened to in one sitting. It’s intense to say the least.

08 – Shame – Songs of Praise

Guitar drenched post punk with a sense of self deprecation. A great record.

09 – Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam – Blackout Cowboy

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have made the album that they’ve been threatening to since Fighting Boredom first saw them. The guitars still soar, fuzz and crash, the drums and bass still hold it all down and the vocals switch around depending on the tune, but they have taken a leap of faith and it’s paid off handsomely.

10 – The Field – Infinite Moment

A deceptively simple sounding electronic album. Minimalist trance techno to drift away to.


Adrian Bloxham

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