Active Music Listening Wednesday August 27, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 414
Not good music: 203

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 11

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros, Ruthie Foster

@@@ Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies: Earth Air Spirit Fire Water (Van, 2014).  Some heavy prog off the Quietus list.  Sounds a bit like Styx on steroids — synth melodies, and some medium crunch.  I dig the drum sound, it sounds very powerful and organic.  Oh, now we’re getting a New Age-y female vocal section — hobbit-y and uplifting.  This is some epic music.  It unfolds slowly (on purpose) and to my ears is a 21st century opera replacement.  Check it out if that’s how you roll.

 

@@@ DJ Taye: Overdose on Tek-Life 2 (Self-released?, 2014).  Some self-described ghetto house music that’s #35 on the Quietus list.  This music is different than instrumental hip hop as there’s more melody and there doesn’t have to be space left for an MC to come in and do his/her thing.  It’s also not straight club music.  I like it.

@@@ Mercabah: Moloch (Instant Classic, 2014).  Some thrashing heaviness with horns (?) that is #32 on the Quietus list.   Yes, horns, clearer in a brief lull from the full caveman drum assault, which I find very pleasant.  It’s very jarring to hear sweet sax melodies between assaults and over a thunderous rhythm section.  This could be a very appropriate soundtrack for the recent war in Gaza.

@@@ KIT: Lownt God Rising (Self-released, 2014).  Some pretty raw hip hop that’s number 31 on Quietus’ best of 2014 thus far.  Lots of niggas, bitches and drugs.  I like the beats and the throbbing bass.  Some of the raw ghetto hip hop is a pose, but these guys don’t sound like they’re playing.

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