In 2018, I’ve had even less time, unfortunately also for hearing new music. It’s just now, in April 2019, I can post my favourite albums. Shame because it has been a great year for music. But I spent time hearing a lot of old music from the Tulsa and swamp rock scene, as you may have noticed from some of my posts. The only contemporary record from Tulsa in my Top 20 comes from Jim Byfield.
Still, new music has never been so exciting in this century, especially in Italy. So, while pretty unusual, it shouldn’t be a complete surprise my favourite album of 2018 comes from Achille Lauro who, with producer Boss Doms, created a fresh and contemporary sound mixing trap and latin music. A close second is Cosmo‘s album, a masterpiece of electro pop. Then comes reaggaeton genius J Balvin.
Not that I’ve abandoned the “classics”. Johnny Marr, Mark Knopfler and Subosnica made amazing returns, as did local hero Antonio Benassi. Elio E Le Storie Tese closed their wonderful career with fantastic concerts and a live album. ShadowParty is a great band with members from New Order, while Dunk are a truly promising band with a member from Verdena.
The new Italian pop scene emerges with the songwriting talent of Calcutta. The movie Black Panther had a superb soundtrack while Travis Scott did the international trap album of the year.
But it was the Italian trap kids who did the most of the albums in the Top 20. Not only Achille Lauro, but also Sfera Ebbasta (who had a well deserved enormous success in terms of sales and critical reception), Capo Plaza, Dark Polo Gang, Cromo, Gemitaiz and Drefgold. Here’s the full Top 30 with the Spotify playlist below.
01 ACHILLE LAURO – Pour l’amour
02 COSMO – Cosmotronic
03 J BALVIN – Vibras
04 Johnny Marr – Call The Comet
05 Gli Antonio Benassi – Putost che star in ca / Dal film “Quartiere Pablo”
06 ShadowParty – ShadowParty
07 Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever (Deluxe)
08 Dunk – Dunk
09 Sfera Ebbasta – Rockstar (Popstar Edition)
10 Various Artists – Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
11 Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD
12 Elio e le Storie Tese – Arrivedorci
13 Subsonica – 8
14 Capo Plaza – 20
15 Dark Polo Gang – Trap Lovers
16 Cromo – Oro Cromato
17 Gemitaiz – Davide
18 DrefGold – Kanaglia
19 Calcutta – Evergreen
20 Jim Byfield – Real
21 Papik – Little Songs for Big Elevators
22 Jimmy Markham – Get Ya Head Right
23 Drake – Scorpion
24 The Carters – EVERYTHING IS LOVE
25 Bungaro – Maredentro: il viaggio
26 Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’
27 Baustelle – L’amore e la violenza vol.2
28 Rik Rey – Martire
29 Swing Out Sister – Almost Persuaded
30 Ben Böhmer – Dive EP