10. Sunflower Bean – Twenty-Two In Blue
If Fleetwood Mac had a baby it would be this album. A delightful rock album from one of New York’s rising stars who have exploded onto the scene in 2018 following success of their previous album Human Ceremony. The guitar tones are so tender and sweet that they really coat the ears in a delicious chewy feeling 70’s soft rock gives out. Frontwoman Julia Cummings’ voice really dominates the whole album and we are not worthy, but she invites us in anyway. The album sounds like how the band look and that’s hip and fashionable.
9. Sunset Rollercoaster – Cassa Nova
Cassa Nova makes me feel like I’ve taken a step back in time to where soul and funk ruled the charts in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Can music be sexy? Because if so it’s the smooth rhythms, twinkly guitars, tantalising synths and delicate vocals that Sunset Rollercoaster put together. This album gives the impression that we never left the 80’s and this is just another release that would easily climb up the charts. It’s groovy, feelsy and one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while. It’s definitely worth checking out these Taiwan-based rockers!
8. MGMT – Little Dark Age
MGMT had started to drift out of the limelight with many saying ‘they can’t top that debut’ and granted Oracle Spectacular is a fantastic record, but Little Dark Age is pretty much up there it terms of its creativity and enjoyment. This album is slick, it’s cool and I’m tapping my foot to every track with those funky synths and bass and ghostly vocals. Me & Michael and TSLAMP are just two major highlights from this record and display great rhythms and give off a delectable aura of noise that this band have really picked up something in indie music other bands just can’t do like them.
7. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
I’ve been trying to find the words to describe this album. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my true feelings expressed about one of the best collaboration albums ever, not just in 2018. The variety of experimentation, beats and such raw and powerful vocals from Kanye West, Kid Cudi and moments from Pusha T and others. An album that has been a long time in the making is well worth the wait even if it only just reaches over the 20 minute mark. Kids See Ghosts mixes together hip-hop, rap-rock and psychedelic music which combined, send you on a euphoric journey where at moments you’re blasted into the past with the choice of samples and then brought straight to the present with the artists talking about their mental health and personal struggles.
6. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino
When the Arctic Monkeys announced earlier this year they would be releasing a new album I was worried, scared and a little bit disinterested at first. My personal opinion was that was a ‘do or die’ record seeing as their previous efforts, most notably fifth album AM had split fans down the middle and for a rock band didn’t feel very rocky at all…it was boring to be quite honest. With Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino you can see the influences the previous album had in terms of sounds, especially in the guitars, but on the other hand this record is a breath of fresh air from a band that wasn’t afraid to take the next step in experimenting with their music and it has really paid off. Whilst lyrically it is a bit confusing to get a grasp of what frontman Alex Turner is saying, the whole album feels like a dystopian journey with a blend of 1984, Blade Runner and visually a vintage 70’s feel. You get the feeling that this hotel exists and that it is a wonderful place filled with rhythmic music and delicate synths. A true eye-opener for rock music.