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Class of 2018 Review

2018 is almost over and it’s been a great year for music. Earlier in the year I tipped some artists to have a big year, and here’s a look back at just how big their 2018s have been. This has been the Class of 2018.

Toronto based Queen of bops Raffa Weyman (known as RAPH) released a string of singles throughout the year, building up the the release of her debut album A Good Girl in the back end of September.

RALPH then embarked on tour throughout the US and Canada, and even threw in a London date.

Read the review of A Good Girl here and an interview here.

The Standout Track is ‘September Fades’

Fickle Friends
2018 saw Fickle Friends release their debut album You Are Someone Else and embark on a headline tour. Their long awaited debut album came after two years of releasing singles, but was perhaps underwhelming following the quality of their singles.

They saw out the year by releasing their Broken Sleep EP.

The Standout Track is ‘Hard to Be Myself’

The Night Café
My favourite Scouse indie delights have had a pretty quiet year. They kicked off 2018 with a headline tour that saw them perform at a sold out Liverpool O2 Academy. You can read a review of their Newcastle gig here.

This year also saw them release their second EP. Titled Bunkbed, the EP contained the singles ‘Felicity’ and ‘Turn’ alongside new releases ‘I’m Fine’ and ‘Forget It All’.

The Standout Track is ‘Forget It All’

Indie rockers Tye and Jon produced just the one new release this year. ‘Eve’ was released at the end of June and is another great addition to their catalogue of tracks. The two piece also released an EP of nightcore remixes of their previous releases.

The Standout Track is ‘Eve’

2018 was also a quiet year for Nashville based Cappa. Her first release of the year, ‘Tension’ was released in June. Her second single of the year ‘Sux’ was released in the last week of November, with follow ups teased to come throughout the new year.

The Standout Track is ‘Sux’

The Magic Gang
This was the year that The Magic Gang finally released an album. Sadly, their self titled album was somewhat disappointing, and didn’t live up to the excitement generated by their previous singles and EPs. They spent the majority of the remainder of their year on tour throughout the UK and Europe.

The Standout Track is ‘I’ll Show You’

Pale Waves
Manchester based goth pop outfit Pale Waves enjoyed a good 2018, as they released their debut EP All The Things I Never Said in February. This was quickly followed up with their good, if formulaic, debut album My Mind Makes Noises. You can read the review here.

They also embarked on a massive debut tour of the UK and the US, and will be joining labelmates The 1975 on tour in January of next year.

The Standout Track is ‘Black’

Hannah Jane Lewis
The so-called British Carly Rae Jepsen has released three singles this year, the latest of which came in mid November.

The Standout Track is ‘Do It Without You’

The four piece have released a follow up to their debut EP this year. The five track Luckyucker was released back in July, and two singles were subsequently released from it during the year. 2019 is set to be a busy one, gearing up for their debut album release and the band support Bastille in January too.

The Standout Track is ‘Big Man’

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