8/4/15: Ultramantis Black, Peking Duk, Yemi Alade

@@@  Ultramantis Black: Ultramantis Black (Relapse, 2014).  I saw this record on my heavy metal weekly email.  The first tune, Biomonster DNA is a tasty blend of thrash and post hardcore with sections cresting and guitars poking through the mix like femurs at a bad car accident.  Oh, this is the shit, they just latch on to each other like leeches and drill a hole in the listener’s skull.  Hmm, that’s the smell of the drill bit burning up the bone, so nasty.  Short songs make them feel more focused and the correct dosage.  Now kids, take your medicine, you know you’ve been bad children and uncompliant cubicle workers and now you need to be punished.  I will be taking the full dosage of this record when I have time.

@@@ Peking Duk: Songs to Sweat To (Vicious/RCA, 2015).  Some unabashedly bombastic electro pop funk that would be a perfect soundtrack to a group suicide.  The first tune, Say My Name really brings the stupid with the dumbest funk beat possible — kick snare kick snare kick snare — if you can’t latch onto this you should stay in school.  Layer on the la la la la la la sauce, the corny synths, and the cliche lyrics and the beast is fully assembled.  I’m sure the second tune will be much better.  Oh, it’s called High, so it’s probably gonna be High IQ.  High is neither a club banger nor a shopping mall anthem it kind of spins around a couple of hooks and power flounders.  I think I’m wrong, it’s a watered down unsuccessful club banger.

@@@  YEMI ALADE FEAT SELEBOBO: King of Queens (Effyzzie, 2015).  Some Afro-electro off last week’s WRIR world music playlist email.  The third tune, Why, is reggae/dancehall ballad with roots and electro elements mashed together with Alade’s voice.  The third tune, Pose, moves into another club style so I had to search to see where Ms. Alade is from as she’s not easily traced via her music.  She hails from Africa, and while I like some of the arrangements/sounds, it’s not super my style.  However, if you are a big fan of club music this is pretty high quality club music with African musical elements though in the 20% area.  Of course, African people are not obligated to only make traditional African music.

YTD recordings listened to: 605
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 350
Not good music: 208

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 9

Possibles: 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, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas, Ultramantis Black.


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