This compilation is the first of what I hope to be a series of "Joshua's
picks from the year". Some of these tracks did not come out this year, and
some of them did not even come out recently; the important thing about them
is that I discovered them this year! In this CD-length mix, my goal is that
everybody who listens should pick up something new that they didn't know
that they loved, and many should also find a track that they really quite
dislike: if everybody loves everything, then I'm not being pushing my
listeners out of their comfort zone enough, and if everybody hates
everything, then I'm not giving anybody a reason to listen.
In this compilation, I've mixed together a range of music from a variety
of genres, feelings, and tones. 2018 was a year full of so much, and I
hoped that in here I could present some of the gamut that it spanned.
Please join with me, then, in the soundtrack to my 2018.
55:52 — Metric – Now or Never Now (from “Art of Doubt”, 2018)
62:04 — Kamasi Washington – Will You Sing (from “Heaven and Earth”, 2018)
This mix was cut together and edited using Ableton Live; I estimate that
this first mix took me around 20 to 30 hours of work, including selecting
tracks, cutting, mixing, test-listening, and writing up supporting
documentation. Special thanks to Hazel Virdó and Matthew Wright for
beta-testing early versions of this mix.