Active Music Listening Monday February 23, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 148
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 87
Not good music: 49

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 5

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, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard

@@@ Quitapenas: Quitapenas (Mas Tropical, 2015)  A Latin rock record off the WRIR weekly email.  Opens up with a big Santana guitar intro for the tune Valle Moreno that segues into some call and response vocals and a lot of hand drumming.  An interesting mix of rock and Latin world music.  Not rockin’ rock, but the guitar player definitely owns a lot of rock records.  I really dig the third tune Guyabo which features a pulsing salsa style bass with the shredding guitarist and some great vocal chanting.

@@@ Ibeyi: Ibeyi (XL, 2015).  Our last listen for the day — a pair of sisters doing Afro-Cuban downtempo electro soul.  Yowsa, what a mouthful.  This is out on a large indie so the production is pretty slick.  The second tune, Oya is pretty slow and torchy with a focus on the vocals in a sparse arrangement.  I’m on the fourth tune and while there have been a couple of moments of interesting singing, it’s not very remarkable music.  This could be intended to be sophisticated background music in yuppie bars and restaurants.

@@@ Melisande: Les Metamorphoses (Self-released, 2014) Another record off the WRIR weekly email.  Female vocalist singing in French, heavy electronic and world music influences.  Not sure if this is French Canadian, or French French but it’s a bit poppy for my taste.  Ah, the Google Tube says Canada, mystery solved.  Canadian electro-pop with a shmidge of world.

@@@ Nillson Matta’s Black Orpheus (Motema, 2013).  I saw the listing for Matta’s new record on the weekly WRIR email, but this effort from two years ago is on my Beats store.  This is a highbrow, quasi-classical jazz record with strong Brazilian music influences — think Sketches of Spain with more instruments.  You have to be wearing pants and be freshy showered to listen to this record and there’s room for everybody in the world music/jazz tent.

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