In 2018, we decided to scrap most of our mid-year lists. There are enough of those already. You can follow the P&P Weekly playlist to keep up with our favorite songs of the year in real time and we update this list of essential new albums each month.

You may have guessed by now that this is the list we decided to keep. Music discovery is at the very core of the P&P mission and these artists made some of the best, most progressive music we've heard in 2018. Some of them are already stars, but most are just starting to show the world what they're capable of. 

The diversity of sounds and styles on display is, as always, inspiring. Cuco's dream pop pairs nicely with Tierra Whack's madcap melodies—or you could wash down Rico Nasty's 180-proof punk trap with Grip's jagged poetry. There's really something for everybody on this list, and we still have six months of music to go. Here are the best new artists of 2018, so far.