@@@ Barro: Samos (self-released, 2018) Some Northern Brazilian music I got to via the weekly music reviews at WRIR in Virginia, a most excellent world music station. It’s a blend of traditional modern Brazilian with some rock flavorings. Also some hip hop, funk flavors. A pretty hip opening track. The second tune gets into a more indie, feelgood vibe, but with more sophistication than 99% of indie folks out there. There is a mellowness in this music that is not overdone and wilts the music. The playing is tight and an interesting mash of rhythms and genre influences so it keeps itself fresh. Big respect for how far afield the rhythm section reaches. Check this out, it’s hip.
@@@ J.I.D. and J. Cole: Off Deez (Interscope, 2018) I’m a huge fan of J.I.D. — his microphone is just full on — witty, quick, all manner of flavors. He comes out Red Bulled with his afro fully blown out on this single. They paired his rhymes with a demented little surf rock guitar figure. J. Cole starts slowly but he gets up in it. It’s impossible to tell how gangsta the lyrics are because the shit is just flying past your ears. I like this, this is super hot and fresh.
@@@ Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny: Te Gusta (Sony, 2018) I’m not a huge Bad Bunny fan as I think he has a weird voice. He sounds like he has some sort of bowel obstruction, but the last J Lo single I checked out was really good. This is a loverboy track though I have no clue as I have zero Spanish skills but J Lo is in her underwear in the video below. The sounds are very slick in a good way, it’s uber manicured Latino urbano, and I like it but he’s a bid of a bad burp. Other folks who understand the lyrics might enjoy it a whole lot more. I do all right for a gringo motherfucker but I’m not from around the block.
YTD recordings listened to: 641
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 347
Not good music: 254
Honorable Mentions: 8
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