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The Best Of 2018

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.

ALpla01 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
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

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The Best Of 2017

We’re well into the second half of 2018 so… about time I post the best of 2017! Had much less time to blog or anything to do on a computer, this is why I created this blog on WordPress which is much easier on a smartphone. On Spotify, I had a pretty long list of albums I wanted to hear before doing this playlist. Hadn’t the time to hear them all before Christmas, I actually finished the last of the essentials now…
Well, another pretty eclectic year. Apart from the usual indie suspects (New Order, Emidio Clementi from Massimo Volume, Robert Corless from Gabrielles Wish, Slowdive, Ride, Coldplay, Spartiti, Angela Baraldi), I heard a lot of funk (The Soultrend Orchestra, Antonio Farao), nu jazz artists from the small but vital London scene (Nubiyan Twist, Alfa Mist, Joe Armon-Jones), an emerging songwriting talent like Jordan Rakei, the amazingly successful Italian trap and rap scene (Izi, Fabri Fibra), Sabrina Malheiros (daughter of the Azymuth bassist) doing sophisticated Brazilian pop, an Afrobeat star like Fally Ipupa, the perfect dance pop of Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled… not adding links to the post because you can find all these artists simply by searching them on Facebook. Here’s the full Top 50 with the Spotify playlist below.


01 NEW ORDER – NOMC15 (Live)



04 Nubiyan Twist – Dance Inna London/ All The Pieces

05 Jordan Rakei – Wallflower

06 Izi – Pizzicato

07 Sabrina Malheiros – Clareia

08 Slowdive – Slowdive

09 Fally Ipupa – Tokoos

10 Robert Paul Corless – Volumes

11 Ride – Weather Diaries
12 Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
13 Alfa Mist – Errors
14 Antonio Farao – Eklektik
15 Spartiti – Servizio d’Ordine
16 Joe Armon-Jones and Mawell Owin – Idiom
17 Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
18 DJ Khaled – Grateful
19 Angela Baraldi – Tornano Sempre
20 Fabri Fibra – Fenomeno

21 Ezra Collective – Juan Pablo: The Philosopher
22 Threestyle feat. Magdalena Chovancova – Smooth Ride
23 Bryson Tiller – True To Self
24 Drake – More Life
25 In Zaire – Visions Of The Age To Come
26 Richard Spaven – The Self
27 Dark Polo Gang – Twins
28 Decibel – Le Origini – Gli Anni d’Oro (1978 – 1982)
29 Laioung – Ave Cesare: Veni Vidi Vici
30 Chiara Civello – Eclipse

31 Migos – Culture
32 Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi – La mia generazione
33 Samuel – Il Codice della Bellezza
34 Quavo – ATL
35 Daniel Casimir – Escapee
36 La Nueva Escuela – Lo Mejor de la Nueva Escuela y Jb Beltre
37 Parcels – Hideout
38 Prince Royce – FIVE (Deluxe Edition)
39 Ghali – Album
40 Gucci Mane and Future – Zone

41 Mario Venuti – Motore di Vita
42 Todd Rundgren – White Knight
43 Bjork – Utopia
44 Gizmodrome – Gizmodrome
45 Jamiroquai – Automaton
46 Diana Krall – Turn Up The Quiet
47 Deacon Blue – Live At The Glasgow Barrolands
48 Johnny Jewel – Windswept
49 Lyves – Like Water
50 Kehlani – SweetSexySavage