It’s the last month of the year, so it’s only right that we make the last music article of the season, one of celebration and reflection.
It has certainly been a rollercoaster particularly here in the UK.
From debates on colourism, to the resurgence of R&B and the emergence of viral stars.
There has been very little that the UK hasn’t seen. Immaginably it was almost impossible to pinpoint all the major moments from urban culture to celebrate.
But before we get to that, we have to address our predictions from earlier this year
While our hopes for UK afrobeats didn’t quite materialise this year, it would be almost criminal not to mention what an incredible year DJ Afro B has had. He has supplied us with some great hits this year including crowd favourite “Joanna”.
It would be a well reasoned statement to say that Not3s has consistently cleaned up the features game this year also, with a string of collaborations under his belt including the likes of Chip & AJ Tracey.
Equally Alicai Harley has been hard to miss this year and not just due to the pink hair, which we are huge fans of incase you were wondering. Her work rate this year surpassed our predictions, seeing the singer release a multitude of high quality visuals to accompany her infectious sound.
Name a venue across the country and the likelihood is that she performed there this year. The self proclaimed ‘hot shot’ made it her mission to make her presence known this year and the industry most certainly felt it. The rising star has a project set to release in January which will no doubt solidify the foundation she has been building throughout the course of the year.
So perhaps the year didn’t exactly pan out the way we thought it would. Regardless there were several moments that really did bring a smile to all of our faces.
A conversation that could not start or finish without mentioning the likes of Stormzy and Rapman.
Both individuals made significant contributions to the scene this year both culturally and musically, proving that power of dedication and staying true to yourself can propel to places you had not previously imagined.
2018 also gave us some amazing albums including Astroworld, Sweetener and Tha Carter V to name but a few.
Our only critique is that perhaps there was too much content to process this year. A greater level of content control will most certainly be needed next year.
What do we predict for 2019? You’ll just have to wait for next year’s article to hear our thoughts on that.