We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is a list curated by Giuliano Delli Paoli (Ondarock). It is focused on subcultures. Check it below his words and the list.

It’s been a colourful year and in some ways freaking cool. Different new excursions was released from the underground, especially when compared with those of the last decade. The web and its well-known diffusive potentials have contributed to feed once again electronic microcircuits, more and more “other sounds-oriented” and distant from the mainstream.

A breath of fresh air, or to put it in appropriate terms: a beautiful “shock” of unusual energy from the electronic scene, which will no longer make the verse to Berlin bars, or to the saturated techno-oriented scene and with a lack of exciting solutions for the last two years. In 2018 it continues to remain the only melting pot which is capable of proposing eccentricities and sound evolutions of a certain specific weight, even though they remain substantially “underground”, sometimes even cryptic.

From the compressions of Ryan Hill, aka Kagami Smile, to the restless exotism of the brothers Mohammad and Mehdi Mehrabani-Yeganeh, aka Sant Abdullah, here are five hidden gems of the voltaical subcultures of this bizarre and intense year. There is only one and necessary exception: it is the “unknown” Brazilian singer-songwriter Clau Aniz wich enchanted with her debut album. A pearl of other times and out of all time.