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 12/12/19!!! Better Oblivion Community Center, Jaime Branch, Cate Le Bon

@@@ Better Oblivion Community Center: Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans, 2019) Today’s listens come from Slate’s best of 2019 list.  This is a collaboration between Conor Oberst and a woman from Boygenius.  I don’t follow indie music closely enough to remember everybody’s name but I’ve seen Boygenius namechecked all over the interwebz.  The first tune, Didn’t Know What I Was in For, is a faded, slack tune — I’m not sure what the song is about lyrically but the sounds surely are downer-ish.  It might be best left unspecified.  The second tune is a full band number which maintains the mope and it is reminiscent of Pavement but not as disjointed and sweeter.  I guess the main thing for my ears is I don’t have much love for the indie aesthetic regardless of how well it’s executed.  This is toppish shelf indie but I find it bo-ring.  I know hipsters will recoil in horror but there’s not a lot of freshness in here and the strum along most notable track, Dylan Thomas, is even less interesting.

@@@ Jaime Branch: Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise (International Anthem, 2019)  I’m a tad shocked and a bit psyched to see a free jazz record make it to Slate’s top records of 2019.  America is mad conservative aesthetically and there’s not much love for the free playing up here in this house of flirting fascists.   I’m on the second track of the record and my general impression is that this is more of a blues jazz record than a free jazz record.  I say that without aspiring to be a genre bitch.  I like it as it is but I would have to hear more free jazz-like music to call it free jazz.  While I like the vocalizing here the singing does push this in the direction of an album with songs.  Over the course of the 11+ minute centerpiece second track Prayer for Amerikka Pts 1&2 it does come more unhinged.  I like the combination of jazz sounds and electronic sounds in the fourth track but I find Kelly Moran’s record Ultraviolet to be a more compelling mash of acoustic and electronic.  I like this record, I wouldn’t put it on my year end list but I like it.

@@@ Cate Le Bon: Reward (Kemado, 2019)  Opening the record with a tune called ‘Miami’ Le Bon sings meaningfully over a synth-centric orchestral arrangement.  I skipped to the second song which brings in a drummer while relegating the synths to a lesser role.  It’s most definitely sonically inspired by 1980’s synth rock.  Her singing is good but it’s a tad precious and artful.  I find it low on energy though this is a central ingredient to post-Wilco indie music.  I’m not a huge fan, it’s too slack for me ear.  I know I’m in the minority on this but I’m a bit shocked this record made it onto a year end list.

YTD recordings listened to: 647
Good music, not list worthy: 390
Not good music: 219

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik

Music for 12/11/19!!! Blood Incantation, Fontaines DC, Employed to Serve

@@@ Blood Incantation: Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent Records, 2019)  Three rough listens today in a couple of different heavy music listening neighborhoods.  First up is this death metal record which features some modern and extensive guitar riffing with a singer that flirts with a caveman lifestyle.  The record tops out at 36 minutes with one tune coming in at 15 minutes so it’s fair to say it has epic aspirations.  I’m quite sure the drummer is Red Bulled out of his ass, he’s playing like it, and the energy of the band is quite quite high.  Myself I prefer a messier, spillier production style and I’ve always felt a manicured metal record is a bit of a contradiction but metalheads out there be rolling like this and loving it.  I don’t think it’s my metal record of the year but I dig the drummer and the guitar playing.

@@@ Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan, 2019)  An Irish band from Dublin doing a literate post punk thing.  Not particularly rough in the guitar style but a lot of drumming energy and the singer is pushing it pretty good.  I’m guessing there might be some Clash records up in this band’s collection as they borrow in spirit without a full embrace of the Clash’s love of black music.  Also some Smiths records but without that evolved, shockingly UK fascist Morrissey vibe.  I’m on the fourth tune and all the tempos are quite brisk.  I dig the angular approach and I think the singer adds to the band playing.  It’s an old school aesthetic that they do a good job of cleaning up and taking for a walk.

@@@ Employed to Serve: Eternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm/Universal, 2019)  Our last listen of the day described on Apple Music as marrow rattling metalcore or some such shit.  This is a major label record so the production is going to be full porn star bush manicure but they do come out of the gate looking to establish dominance.  I’m enjoying the singer despite the fact that I can’t tell his/her gender, but ya know I’m a modern American and I don’t give a shit — he/she is quite frustrated and at the end of his/her rope.  It’s a big shot of energy here and the technical level of the playing is quite high.  I don’t, however, completely buy the tunes and as has already been discussed in this blog post the full structuring both compositionally and production wise of the record detracts from its fierceness.  I think it would benefit from giving less of a fuck and letting more unfocused rage come out.

YTD recordings listened to: 644
Good music, not list worthy: 388
Not good music: 218

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik

Music for 12/10/19!!! Lakou Mizik, Otava Yo, Itasca

@@@ LAKOU MIZIK: HaitiaNola (Cumbancha, 2019)  This is a mash of Haitian and New Orleans music.  Through the legacy of slavery in both Haiti and New Orleans these two places are culturally and historically connected.  A variety of New Orleans musical stalwarts appear on the record including the Jazz Preservation Band, Trombone Shorty and one of the Neville Brothers.  I have a fair number of Haitian vinyl records so I’m open to their music and I dig the sweetness of it that I don’t dig in Brazilian music.  I’ve found a lot of fantastic world music releases this year and this is no exception.  If you haven’t heard Haitian music you should check this out.  I will put on my year end list and roll back and check it out more fully when I have the time.  Check it out!

@@@ OTAVA YO | Do You Love (ARC, 2019)  Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  I get a lot of African and Latin music from this weekly email but here we have an outlier from a Russian folk outfit from St. Petersburg.  The first tune, Once Upon a time on a High Hill, is an energetic send up that is a bit Appalachian or Irish folk and a bit of Gogol Bordello rolicking energy.  Both songs I’ve heard have extensive vocal harmonizing and it’s a fun listen if you’re a folk person.  If you’re up for the holiday vodka and tomatoes (a Russian way to get hammered) this could be a really great undercover party record for you Slavic folks/Slavic culture lovers out there.  Or for more popular folk listeners looking for a twist on their music collection.  Sounds great, very nice singing and a lot of energy.

@@@ Itasca – Spring (Paradise Of Bachelors, 2019)  I think I got to this record via this week’s All Music notable release email.  The first tune is an ambient alt-country thing with a lonesome indie female singer.  Not my favorite flow but I do dig the ambience.  The second tune brings on some more complex guitar playing and a rhythm section.  I don’t think the singer does a bad job, it’s just not to my taste and I do like the band playing.   I hear some late hippie/1970’s folk rock flavors tucked in here so it’s a mash of indie vibes (the frail singing) and soft rock from another period.

YTD recordings listened to: 641
Good music, not list worthy: 385
Not good music: 218

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik

Music for 12/9/19!!! Snoh Aalegera, M.T. Hadley, Greve

@@@ Snoh Aalegra: Ugh, those feels Again (AWAL, 2019) Off this week’s Line of Best Fit email.  An Iranian/Swedish woman flying the flag for global r&b, that’s how this is being marketed.  This first tune (after the intro) is a luscious mix of sounds with Aalegra’s sultry singing.  I find myself listening more the sounds than the songs as a whole which is a common thing I find in major label music, more attention to the sound and a watered down or less memorable message.  I guess she has some association with Drake but she’s rougher than pillow man Drake!  I would jump up and down if this had high end lyrics but the corporate folks won’t do that.

@@@ M.T. Hadley: Empty (PIAS, 2019) Also off this week’s Line of Best Fit email.  Slotted as alternative on Apple Music this is ’80s inspired electro pop with blue eyed falsetto vocal stylings.  This is really not my cup of tea but I can review it for others.  Synth-centric sounds, lighter and not funky drum machine rhythms.  Folks who want some sweet, electro love songs will be happy with this.

@@@ Greve: Palace of the Dreamking (PARMA, 2019)   I’m on the email list for this New Hampshire classical/jazz label and found this release on their latest email.  The record opens with a orchestral piece and it is a compilation of various orchestras playing the music of this contemporary Dutch composer.  I’ve been listening to a fair amount of classical music but I’m far from being an expert.  However this first piece strikes as being very cinematic with a lot of melodic parts assigned to various components of the orchestra.  It is sweet but far from sickly.  The second pieces is a suite for 11 brass instruments.  I like this for the instrumentation.  I’m going to tip after this partita but I really like that it encompasses a variety of musical modes and impressions.  It’s quite engaging.

YTD recordings listened to: 638
Good music, not list worthy: 383
Not good music: 217

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives

Music for 12/6/19!!! Big Thief, Dave, AJ Tracey, Fat White Family

@@@ Big Thief: Not (4AD, 2019)  All of today’s listens are off the Guardian’s best songs of the year.  This Brooklyn band sports a female singer with a striking voice and they do a blend of hippie guitar sounds and indie sounds here.  They certainly avoid a lot of what I don’t like about indie, namely a detached pretension which I find pretty awful.  Also the singer puts herself out there.  An abstract Daniel Lanois-esque guitar (?) fills the background of the mix which deepens the track.  I can’t believe it but I like this song, the first one off the Guardian’s whole list.  #shocking.  Check it out.  Heartfelt always works for me.

@@@ Dave: Black (Neighborhood, 2019) British hip hop, stand back!  This is a celebration of blackness so it’s not going for gangster scenario, it’s historical and social and political shit so the accent works better.  Beats are all right, I don’t like strings and ringing piano chords in hip hop I think they sound stupid but it’s a serious subject which I’m down with.  I’m super into the lyrics, agnostic on the delivery, and not so into the sounds.  The contrast of the litany of shit that black folks face up against funky sounds would have worked great for me, but I’m a freak!

@@@ AJ Tracey: Ladbroke Grove (AJ Tracey, 2019). A UK garage track that blew up over the summer in the Brexit hole.  It’s a boast track with decent beats, a girlish female vocal part that I don’t like and Tracey talking about his rock star status and his need for a rubdown.  Hmm, I don’t have too much to say here as there’s not too much to say about this dancefloor banger.  I can see how it would blow up in the UK equivalent of the frat boy crowd but it’s a tad short on actual funk.

@@@ Fat White Family: Feet (Domino Recording, 2019)  This is a Brit band that I don’t think has broken through over here.  I don’t know their story but the record with this track on it signalled a stylistic shift for these guys.  To my ears it does sound a bit like the Some Girls era Rolling Stones– funky white boy dancefloor honkey moves but with less Jagger cock walking and not nearly as many guitars.  The song itself is not much more than a groove with some crooning and gauzy melodic flavors.  I could have used more energy from the vocal performance as I wasn’t given a ton to groove on.

YTD recordings listened to: 635
Good music, not list worthy: 381
Not good music: 216

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, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil, The Good Ones, Sudan Archives