Best of 2019/Honorable Mention 2019

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@@@ The Muslims: Mayo Supreme (Don’t Panic Records, 2019) Three South Asians (two female, one male) tear it out with all the energy and attitude of classic punk. Great playing, outstanding singing and lyrics. As punk as some of my favorite punk shit of all time. Favorite track: The Stew.

@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) An acoustic record by survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. It’s hard to put a non-cliche word on this music — heartbreaking is a good place to start. Simple guitar parts and beautiful singing. Start with track 2, Despite it All I Still Love You, My Dear Friend.

@@@ Loscil: Equivalents (kranky, 2019) A super engaging and slow ambient record. Meticulously layered into one giant cloud that pulls you in. The word Equivalent appears in every track title and the record has a pleasing sameness to it sonically. Something at this slow pace in today’s world is super welcome. Pick whatever track and dive right in.

@@@ Canalon de Timbiqui: De Mar Y Rio (Llorona, 2019) Similar in style and beauty (minimalist, acoustic, incredible singing) as the Good Ones record but with female singers and marimbas at the center of the record. Some folks just let the music out of their bodies.

@@@ Kelly Moran: Ultraviolet (Warp, 2019) One of the best records I’ve heard that combines electronic and improvised music. I find the blend of prepared piano and synthesizers mesmerizing to listen to. A lot of electronic music can sound overly processed and sterile and that’s avoided here. At the same time post classical prepared piano records can be a bit uptight and that’s avoided here as well. The idea of this record being a bit John Cage and a bit Tim Hecker is an apt description.

@@@ The Garifuna Collective: Aban (Stonetree, 2019) A cultural mash of Caribbean musics — places like Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The Garifuna are a people in that region and this music is a unique mash of Carribean, Brazilian, and African influences. Rhythmically on fleek for sure with more gorgeous singing. Check out the effortless groove of the third tune Hamala.

@@@ Andre Bratten: Pax American (Smalltown Supersound, 2019) Tight, funky and minimalist techno out of Scandinavia. The distinguishing feature here is the focus of the arrangements. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot going on but if you listen just below casual beats are shifting and sounds are coming and receding in waves making for a subtly dynamic record. Bears up to repeated listens for sure, I have it on now for the umpteenth and I feel its freshness revealed.

@@@ Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks: Black Mamba (Wolf’s Blood, 2019) Slotted as a hardcore record on Apple Music it is a saxophone and guitar free jazz record that is accurately self-titled in the below track. Trash music in the highest sense of the word. I never really understood or got Cecil Taylor’s music but I get this. The third track, Gripped, is killer.

@@@ Wyxz: Yiy (Self-released, 2018)  Not available on Apple Music (possibly other streaming music stores)  this is both brutal, mental and cerebral.  If this doesn’t get your blood pressure up you might be dead.  Accelerated tempos, manic and jumpy ass guitar sounds, it’s Frank Zappa with a Red Bull shot into its eyeball for a quick hit.

HONORABLE MENTION

@@@ Brittany Howard: Jaime (ATO, 2019) Much more appealing to my ears than her previous work with Alabama Shakes. Interesting sonically and arranged with more daring than 99% of today’s major label music. Just a tiny bit of jazz mind makes this stand out.

@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka (Polydor, 2019) A soulful re-enactment of classic late ’60s, early ’70s soul music by this British singer. Standard concious lyrics, and groomed sounds. A slight update/upgrade to these classic sounds would have put this on the best of year list.

@@@ Deafkids: Metaprogramacao (Neurot, 2019) A tad slow out of the gate it gets into it’s own definition of a wicked shred by the fourth tune, Mente Bicameral. There’s not a lot of new non-metal rock and this formula could be a way forward.

@@@ clipping.: There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Sub Pop, 2019) clipping. is sharp as a tack on this Seattle hip hop record out on Sub Pop. Sonically it leans a bit away from hip hop and more towards electro and I feel that. Those fresher sounds reframe his music as something more than standard hip hop.

@@@ Danny Brown: uknowwhati’msayin (Warp, 2019) I like Brown’s style– he’s got an odd delivery and his lyrics are most definitely left field. He’s street and quirky ass odd at the same time. I like the track with Run with Jewels and Killer Mike’s turn on the mic is a standout. I found the middle of the record to be hotter than the beginning.

@@@ Bonnie Baxter: Axis (Haisu Mountain, 2019) You have to be able to admit the chopped up nature of our present day digital reality, as well as our shattered attention spans to enter into this organic electronic music which sounds really ancient and super today at the same time. It’s raw and unfiltered like good honey. Highlight: No DICC.

@@@ Toko Telo: Diavola (Daniel Brandt, 2018) This guitar heavy folk music out of Madagascar is my best music pick for corporate stooges. It’s just straight beauty with gorgeous interwoven guitar playing and soaring vocals. Check out the third tune Zaza Samondrara for a taste.

@@@ Kaleta and Super Yamba Band: Medaho (Ubiquity, 2019) One part African blurred and mashed up with one part classic American funk (including old school wah wah guitar shredding. Check out the second song, Mr. Diva and go from there.

@@@ Bug Martin: Gutterball (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019) Starts a bit slow but it’s on the list here due to the fourth song, Hypocrite’s Rag and the fifth, Jim Rodgers’ Blues. Very well executed update/homage to lonesome classic country.

@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) Holding down that space where electronic music meets improvised music. Also the inclusion of Iranian music (this record is a project between two brothers in Brooklyn and Tehran) makes this a unique effort. Outside of that interesting fact the music hits viscerally, just the way I like it.

@@@ Tobe Nwigwe: The Originals (Tobe Nwigwe, 2018) A first generation Nigerian-American MC from Houston that mashes up dancehall and hip hop with an undercover African flavor to it. His microphone work is sharp and combined with his excellent lyrics he is a force to be reckoned with. His sounds are as focused as his lyrics.

@@@ Logistic Slaugher: Corrosive Ethics (Logistic Slaughter, 2016) If I’ve never heard a metal band like this I’m guessing most listeners out there have not either. It’s not about the extreme sounds of the band, it’s that the singers sounds like a pig trying to sing jazz — he bounces up and down on rhythmically over the band, it’s quite mad.

@@@ Buzzherd: Buzzherd EP (Self-released, 2019) 21 minutes of roughness. Remember kiddies it’s not about who is the roughest, it’s about how it’s all put together. I tend to gravitate to the pissed singers rather than the cavemen and that’s what’s happening here.

@@@ Oli XL: Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer (Bloom, 2019) I would describe this as sci-fi electro funk with trippy, glitched bits on top. Chopped and delayed vocal samples, slick beats and slightly dubwise sounds in the arrangement constitute the formula here. The fourth track here, Mimetic, is a highlight but the depth and space of this record works for me.

@@@ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd., 2019) The sounds contained on this record are mesmerizing and superlative. However, Cave’s transformation into some sort of emotional advisor/New Age philosopher is slightly less welcome to me as an occasional annoying line pulls me out of the sounds.

Music for 1/17/20!!! Locobeach, Sonora Casion, Aleks di Roma, Batunga and the Subprimes

LOCOBEACH | Psychedelic Disco Cumbia (Dorsal Fin/Peace & Rhythm, 2019)  There’s a lot of cumbia floating around which is great as it’s a fine musical form easily updated for today’s modern ears.  Or post modern ears.  These guys focus on the guitars and the retro organ, both of which are catchy as shit here.  A smooth singer comes in and pops a crooner’s vibe into the steady rhythms and melodic playing.  They get into some disco type action, some lounge business, and a wee bit of dub and some rock but I’m on the fifth tune and the singer has been on one track.

SONORA CASINO | Trompeteros (Vampisoul, 2019) All of today’s listens come from WRIR’s weekly email.  This is a reissue of a 1972 record that comes out February 7th so it’s not up on Apple Music though the original 1972 release is up there.  Mad confusing.  I will give it a short peep and then probably see if they remastered the record after it comes out in February.  This is high end party music — pumping horns and a flamboyant singer with mad percussion and piano.  It’s a crowded mix for sure and it’s a full on party!  I will return to this after the reissue comes out but these guys will get fannies out on the dancefloor.

ALEKS DI ROMA | Alma Del Sur (self-released, 2019)  An updated take on romantic, nylon guitar driven Latin music.  A little melancholy trumpet on the first track and some pleasant singing on these first two tracks.  I like the trumpet and the singing but I don’t like the adult alternative/smooth jazz vibes that creep up here and there.  Born in the Ukraine but living here most of his life (googled his bio) you gotta give props to somebody making a huge cultural leap out of their love of a certain musical style.

BATUNGA AND THE SUBPRIMES | “Gates Of Ouantou” [Single] (Matasuna, 2019)  A retro and militant Afrobeat with a little Santana swirled up in there.  Rhythmic and on fleek horn work with some organ and guitar panned out to the sides to fill out the track.  All instrumental and poppin.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not list worthy: 30
Not good music: 20

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

 

Music for 1/16/20!!! Saigon Soul Revival, El Wali, Jouwala Collective, Alefa Madagascar, Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia

SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL | Hoa Am Xura (INFRACom! 2019)  Today’s listens come to you from WRIR’s weekly playlist email.  Here we have a Vietnamese band doing an old school hippie blues/soul thing in their own language.  Wild!  The playing and the singing is energetic and they even rock a horn section.  I congratulate these musicians for learning a musical style they must have gotten obsessed with.  Outside of the ear catching juxtaposition that you’re listening to Blues Traveler or the Blues Brothers sing in Vietnamese I don’t love listening to it.

 

EL WALI | Tiris (Sahel Sounds, 2019) Regular readers know that I’m super into African music.  Let me peep some geographical/biographical info on these guys.  On bandcamp they describe themselves as being from Western Sahara which I guessed but I will leave it at that.  The singer sounds very devotional and passionate the playing is less desert blues and even sports a few synth flavors.  I like the way the synths change the listener’s perception of the music but it does soften the proceedings.  Ah, these are programmed drums so this is a lo fi indie African thing and is not designed to be a rocking live band record.  It doesn’t sound lo fi but it does have a programmed sound of a bedroom project.

JOUWALA COLLECTIVE | Bazaar (self-released, 2019)  A collective of musicians in Virginia doing a blend of Gnawa music (in the Morocco area) mashed up with other musical influences.  A little jam rock, a whole bunch of world music and maybe a pube of New Age business as well.  I like the upbeat tunes more than the slow jams and the fourth tune, Samawi the best of what I heard.  That’s a fat track.

ALEFA MADAGASCAR: SALEGY, SOUKOUS AND SOUL FROM THE RED ISLAND 1974-1984 | various artists (Strut, 2019)  Apple Music says this is a peek into ’70s and ’80s music on Madagascar.  To my ear they were a rocking with a funky African vibe.  I like this compilation as it’s busting out with retro rock energy.  Check it out!

JAMBU E OS MITICOS SONS DA AMAZONIA | various artists (Analog Africa, 2019) A compilation of music from Northern Brazil which has strong ties back to African culture due to the legacy of slavery.  Oh man, this first tune is hot, uptempo with outstanding singing.  I’m on the fifth tune and though I’ve thought Analog Africa has been a bit of an overrated imprint this record is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  This record looks to be going onto my list of best of year.

YTD recordings listened to: 46
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 18

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

 

Music for 1/15/19!! Nikanor, AceMo

@@@ Nikanor – Bajo El Sol (Rebel Up, 2020)  A cumbia record out of Brussels Belgium that I got to via an email from the label.  In my mind that there’s no way European folks out cumbia the New Yorkers who are up in it but this is pretty good.  Smooth and rocking and rhythmic with a nice blend of rock and Latin flavors.  I’m on the third tune and it’s quite a good example of what I’m talking about.  Tun Tun is the track.

@@@ AceMo: Existential (AceMo, 2019) I got to this techno via a twat on the twatter. I don’t see this track up on the Apple Music so we’ll be forced to peep this 9 minute dancefloor banger via shitty ass GooglePimpTube mono. It’s building a wall of rhythm with some synths on top of that. I like the rawness and simplicity of the beat work. It’s clunky down below with the drum machine arrangement and it’s hypnotic and a bit trippy on the upper half with the synth circling. I like this track, it’s solidly put together and makes sense.

YTD recordings listened to: 43
Good music, not list worthy: 27
Not good music: 18

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon

Music for 1/14/20!!! Maximum Joy, Marcus King, Fenne Lily

@@@ Maximum Joy: Station MXJY (Maximum Joy, 2017)  I saw this reissue of an 1982 release in an email from Stranded Records.  Blurb clipped here:

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This music is from a less locked down time.  Before algorithms, before the self censoring of social media, they’re just playing and enjoying it.  It’s a blend of rock, world and jazzy sounds smashed up into one.  I like the spirit and the energy and the combination of sounds, but I don’t really like the tunes.  That’s just me so check it for yourself.

@@@ Marcus King: One Day She’s Here (Fantasy/Concord, 2019)  I got to this updated electric blues track via music biz honcho/loudmouth Bob Lefsetz.  He usually has very pedestrian taste with a bent towards cliche lyrics about love.  He’s a white boy and I’m justifiably nervous of the white electric blues god, but this is more of a funky white boy thing as he sings in a solid falsetto and plinks more than shreds.  The arrangement is full on ’70s ensemble with string flourishes and some percussion to go with the drum kit.  The vocal hook is ‘she disappears like the dawn, one day’s she’s here and the next she’s gone.’  It’s all right as a hook and I would say if you don’t like the chill ’70s funky rock vibe you won’t like the tune.  I find it all right.

@@@  Fenne Lily:  On Hold (Fenne Lily, 2018)  Artist of the week of at Line of Best fit.  This first tune is a mope-pop mash with twinkly guitar.  This first tune Car Park has a tambourine in it, and I love tambourine.    Lily’s voice is slightly wispy and melancholy and I like it, but I find the music here to be a tad simple for my taste.  Let’s peep a bit more.  I don’t like her voice enough to offset the music which I find a bit retro and predictable.  If she put some more interesting sounds underneath her voice she’d be onto something.

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YTD recordings listened to: 41
Good music, not list worthy: 25
Not good music: 18

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon

 

Music for 1/13/20!!! Woodhawk, ZONAL, The Cavemen, Wolfbrigade, Red Death, Warsenal, Flatbed

Today we’re listening off this week’s CFUV playlist email in the loud section — punk, noise, heavy metal.

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Stoner metal out of Canada.  Retro, riffy with a classic 1970’s type singer.  Big Arena Rock energy if you’re in for it.

Out on Relapse with Moor Mother on an electronic record.  Bold!  I think the first tune is a bit sleepy but the second one brings a beat and more rhythmic spoken word work from Moor Mother.  System Error, track 3, brings the full energy and I dig it.  Check that out!

Classic revved up punk-a-billy.  I liked the first tune, Snakeskin, the best of what I heard.

Punky metal out of Sweden on Southern Lord, one of my favorite labels.  A slightly polished update Motorhead kind of thing.

Metal out of Washington DC.  Muscular classic business, shreddy with a punk style singer.  Track 3, Sword without a Sheath, is the best of what I heard.

Classic metal/thrash out of Montreal.  Track 3 Lords of Rifftown, say no more.

Noisy hard rock.

YTD recordings listened to: 38
Good music, not list worthy: 23
Not good music: 17

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon

 

Music for 1/10/20!!! Ohtis, Debby Friday, Alicia Keys

Ohtis

I might have peeped this record before but I’m more than willing to get on the re-peep tip as I’m generous that way.  It’s a lonesome, I fucked up my life record.  The opening tune features a gorgeous slide guitar and I remember how this singer delivers some very raw lines in a straight manner which I think is well played.  I like this record a whole bunch without jumping up and down.

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Electronic music off the Bandcamp best of 2019 list.  This first tune opens up darkly with a thick bass pulse and a janky beat with some simple delay on it.  I dig it.  She has moments of outburst where she loses her nut and then it settles back down.  The second tune goes for more of a Nine Inch Nails/Marilyn Manson electro rock (without guitars) but she does it much much better as there’s not fake menace, she’s just weird.  The tunes are more grooves than tunes with sections but she does a really good job of creating an atmosphere of darkness and inner turmoil.

AliciaKeys

Off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It opens with a decidedly retro and upbeat ’70s flavor – strummed acoustic guitar, finger snaps, and even a tambourine.  It morphs into a 21st century empowerment anthem in the chorus with a bombastic beat and New Age sentiments.  I like the steel drums in the chorus but the beat is cheesy and the oohs and aahs don’t help much.  I didn’t think Alicia Keys rolled like this but apparently she has stepped into the quicksand that is today’s pop music.

YTD recordings listened to: 31
Good music, not list worthy: 19
Not good music: 14

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon