Active Music Listening Monday January 12, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 27
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 15
Not good music: 8

Honorable Mentions: 3
Buys: 1

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fainatur, Sons of Huns, Samba Toure

@@@ Arnold Fish: In the Land of the Elephant Blues (Self-released, 2014).  I was contacted somebody representing this artist (but not a full on PR person?) for this review so here we go.  It’s a psych record, but not full on disturbed Butthole Surfers type psychedelia, more weird with a bit of French pop mixed in.  The second tune gets into Sgt. Pepper’s neighborhood and her in the third tune I appreciate how melodic the music is, but I prefer the french pop/psych combination to the Sgt. Pepper’s/psych combo.

@@@ Kassem Mosse: Workshop 19 (Workshop, 2014).  I found this record on NPR’s best electronic records of 2014.  I would call the first piece thinking man’s boom-titch club music.  You get your classic drum machine kick and titched snare but it’s garnished with some unrecognizable vocal murmurings and some advanced pong synth patches.  The tune overall sounds a lot like Prince’s Lady Cab Driver without vocals and with video game synth patches.  The second tune, Untitled A2 throws some synth melody and synth bass around and the Prince comparisons remain intact.  I could use some more than just synths and beats but I guess that ain’t happening’ here.

@@@ Fatima: Yellow Memories (Eglo Records, 2014).  Also off NPR’s best electronic albums of 2014 list.  It actually sounds like a large ensemble r&b/jazz fusion kind of formula.  I guess this isn’t an electronica record but NPR is saying the electronic folks embraced this record.  Who knows.  I can’t really tell if this large ensemble is digitally constructed but it sounds like an electric bass player on the r&b track, Technology.  The third track, Circle, is the best of what I heard with a slinky keyboard bass line and smoky spaced vibe.

@@@ Gazelle Twin: Unflesh (Last Gang, 2014).  Also off the NPR best electronic music of 2014.  Female industrial music here with traces of funk.  Again, 1980’s Prince flavors assert themselves as well as a tad of that Nine Inch Nails alienation and a little post-apocalyptic sic-fi movie.  It’s funkier than I expected.  It’s not best of 2014 material for me, but it’s pretty good.

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