@@@ Georgia: Self-titled (Domino, 2015). ‘Unabashedly original’ music from a female drummer that I got to via the Beats Highlights page. After a synth-y intro dittie we get into the second tune, Kombine, which features a sample in Hindi, live break beats, with synths and other injection molded processed samples. It’s like Kate Bush chopped up after she’s had a big cup of coffee. A little dreamy – a little aggro. I want to listen to the next song but my Beats browser layer just crapped its pants. Pain in the ass. Rebooted and am now listening to the third tune, Be Ache. She’s doing a lot of pitch shifting of voices (and layering) and rapid rotation of samples to create change in the music. All that poured over big beats. I appreciate the technical aspect of building this kind of music but I don’t find myself being moved emotionally as I hope. This fourth, Nothing Solutions is better than most of what I’ve heard, she’s got more urgency going on here. I give it a B.
@@@ Black Fast: Terms of Surrender (eOne, 2015). Some classic thrash metal with a real throat shredding vocalist that I got to via the Beats highlights page. These guys are working overtime on this first tune The Keep. The guitar player is really catching me ear — he moves pretty effortlessly from intricate melodic playing to spot on rhythmic guitar pounding and all of this at more than elevated tempos. I tend to prefer the fully charred post hardcore metal but this is a really high quality classic metal record and the singer does a good job keeping the tunes rough and urgent.
@@@ Vivian Green: Vivid (Make Noise, 2015). I thought this was going to be a soulful record in the old school Stevie Wonder style, but in this first tune brings the synths and the droplets and a lot of vocal layering. She has a very pretty voice and it’s pretty hard not to compare her to Alicia Keys. Thankfully, she doesn’t engage in the extreme dramatical oversinging that Ms. Keys has gone to the bank. Ms. Green sounds more like a female Prince. The second tune sounds a bunch like a late ’70s/early ’80s funk tune. These aren’t my favorite arrangements, I would prefer to hear her sing in front of a band, but she’s a very capable singer.
@@@ Aircraft: Stick (Admirable Traits, 2015). Some mainstream power rock with psych tinges and a layered, fragile vocalist I got to via a music publicist. Tasty drum sound, jumping around guitars — think Flaming Lips but less weird and slighlty poppier.
YTD recordings listened to: 636
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 372
Not good music: 217
Honorable Mentions: 16
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, Jeremy Pinnell, Hope Drone, Pat Thomas