@@@ The Sword: High Country (Razor & Tie, 2015). Off the Beats highlights page, this looks to be a cornucopia/mash of various types of rock. After a little synth intro the Sword (pronounced soo-ward) they get into some serious Thin LIzzie action. Bouncy rock drums, sparse but meaningful power chords and then a long, spinny riff. Half heavy stoner rock on the third tune, High Country. There’s a synth tucked in the back of the mix and while I’m not anti-synth, I don’t feel great when I hear guitar heavy rock with synths in it. I think of stoned people with bad ideas — hey get out the synth and the cowbell.
@@@ Mick Jenkins: Wave(s) (Cinematic, 2015). Also off the Beats highlights page. Opens up with the tune Alchemy which features West Coast/Southern skitter beats, some nice left field hip hop arranging and urgent left field hip hop lyrics. Whoever did the produciton on this track has skills. I really like the first two tunes but lost some interest after the third and fourth tunes.
@@@ Jackie Hill Perry: The Art of Joy (Humble Beast, 2014). I’m on the mailing list for the Christian hip hop label out of Oregon, Humble Beast, because I’m really into Propaganda’s record Excellent. Ms. Perry is impressive on the mic, tight and all up in the Bible. I find the combination of hip hop sounds and rhymes about the Bible/good and evil to be oddly compelling. If folks can make millions rapping about their jewelry then they can rap about the J-Man (Jesus). The beats are solid
YTD recordings listened to: 682
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 399
Not good music: 232
Honorable Mentions: 17
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