Top 10 Albums of 2018: Universal Default
By Ronnie Wisdom
The title of the recent Spacemen 3 reissue, ‘Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To,’ perfectly encapsulates many of the records on this Top 10 list. ‘Universal Default,’ with host Brian Lock, is the perfect show to help listeners escape the mundane with excursions to uncharted, psychedelic territories. From the purely experimental, like Sandra Boss’s ‘The Acoustic Appraiser,’ to the compellingly abstract, like Electronic Modular Orchestra’s self-titled release, these albums explore the boundaries of music in the most pleasant ways imaginable.
Blue Chemise / ‘Daughters of Time’ / Students of Decay
Catherine Christer Hennix / ‘Live at Krems’ / Important
Electronic Modular Orchestra / ‘Electronic Modular Orchestra’ / Soave
Murray Royston Ward / ‘Dissolution Matrix in the Afterthought Skies’ / The House Organ
Psychological Strategy Board / ‘Penny Slinger: Out o the Shadows’ / Front & Follow
Retribution Body / ‘Self-Destruction’ / Glistening Examples
Sandra Boss / ‘The Acoustic Appraiser’ / BIN
Spacemen 3 / ‘Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To’ / Superior Viaduct / Reissue
Stuart Chalmers & Lee Riley / ‘Points of Vital Difference’ / Cruel Nature
The Open Secret / ‘A Geography for Plays’ / Self-released
Tune into Universal Default with Brian on Tuesdays from 3 - 5 am.