Big Disc Energy

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Adam Riff™'s 2018 retrospective festivities conclude with my 15th audio almanac. Hear ye hear ye Monsters of Wak.

Our mates Adam Robot and Jon Bell also curated a 2018 mix. Heeeeeere's Herauditory!

And sneaking in right before the Grammys is Benny C 'til Infinity, curated by our mate Ben Cohen.

artwork by Jon Wilcox

1 hr 56 min

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.

Time to update it.

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart"
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good"
17. Kanye West – "Ultralight Beam" [2016]
18. GoldLink – "Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)" [2017]
19. Panic! at the Disco – "High Hopes" [2018]

Jon: For reasons that are too embarrassing to print but involve Smash Bros., I listened to "High Hopes" more than any other song in 2018 by an wide margin. That it's catchy, bombastic, and optimistic in a time that can use more optimism didn't hurt.

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [feat. Outkast]"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk – "Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)"
15. Duke Dumont – "I Got You (feat. Jax Jones)"
16. Major Lazer × DJ Snake – "Lean On (feat. MØ)"
17. G.L.O.S.S. – "Give Violence a Chance" [2016]
18. Kendrick Lamar – "DNA." [2017]
19. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – "I Like It" [2018]

Ben: From the first moment I heard this song, I've been absolutely obsessed with it. Cardi's verse is legit HOF level ("Flexing on bitches as hard as I can / Eating halal, driving the Lam" is legit amazing) and her chorus with "Oh, he's so handsome, what's his name?" is just fantastic. Add in Bad Bunny and J Balvin spitting their best verses of 2018 and you get my favorite song of 2018. I don't think I'll ever tire of this masterpiece.

Bonus Disc (curated by Adam Robot)
1. Snapcase – "Typecast Modulator" [2000]
2. Rival Schools – "Travel by Telephone" [2001]
3. City of Caterpillar – "And You're Wondering How a Top Floor Could Replace Heaven" [2002]
4. Every Time I Die – "Ebolarama"
5. Codeseven – "All the Best Dreams"
6. Comeback Kid – "Wake the Dead"
7. Jesu – "Silver"
8. Rob Crow – "Up"
9. Russian Circles – "Campaign"
10. Coalesce – "Wild Ox Moan"
11. Deftones – "Rocket Skates"
12. Touché Amoré – "Home Away from Here"
13. Torche – "Kicking"
14. Coliseum – "Fuzzbang"
15. Violent Soho – "Covered in Chrome"
16. Baroness – "Chlorine and Wine"
17. Joyce Manor – "Last You Heard of Me" [2016]
18. Charly Bliss – "Westermarck" [2017]
19. Daughters – "The Reason They Hate Me" [2018]

Adam Robot: This song is a lot of things – scary, industrial, and oddly danceable. I've been reciting its sardonically delivered first lyric ("Don't tell me how to do my job") in my head and occasionally out loud for the better part of a decade. To say I relate is a vast understatement. The encompassing album is my favorite album of 2018.


  1. benny c 08 Feb 19 at 03:08

    Boy my pick of R Kelly really aged poorly. If I can revise, I'd rather take the song I picked on my old blog (defunct) for 2006, T.I.'s "What You Know".

    1. benny c 08 Feb 19 at 03:18

      Oops, I meant 2005. Which was Bloc Party's "This Modern Love" (and frankly it's aged way better than it had any right to. It bangs.)


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