8/31/15: Owiny Sigoma Band, Gossamer, Hermitude, Justin Bieber

@@@ Owiny Sigoma Band: Nyanza (Brownswood, 2015).  The perfect antidote to Justin Bieber’s mainstream posturing, the last record by Sigoma was a pretty out fried mashup of African electro.  It looks like this one will sound different be of the some idea.  This first tune is a midtempo groove with backwards electric guitar, machine gun samples and a sweet refrain about heading out of the city because it’s too hot.  The second tune Luo Land is heavy on drums, some electronic sounds deployed electronically and chanting lyrics.  The third tune Owour Won Gembe is pretty sweet with some slow electronic clouds, a stringed instrument and some really nice vocals from Sigoma.  I’m going to check this record out more when I have time.

@@@ Gossamer: Automation (Innovative Leisure, 2015).  Some abstract electronic music off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Opens up with processed vocals over synth clouds panning back and forth.  Not super Lord of the Rings, but not far off.  The second tune, Print, goes into full percussive tinkle over a slow and pleasant downtempo beat.  It opens up into something more expansive with thick bass pulses, big guitar like drones, it’s pretty hot and clipped below.  Nobody takes their shirt off in the video I bet.  I like this third tune 3d Relief, the components of the tune push and pull against each other in a jarring and meaningful manner.  I didn’t like the first tune that much but these last two have been solid.  This fourth tune, Okuma returns to a New Age ‘oh everything is beautiful and it’s gonna be all right’ sound so I’m gonna tip heah.  If it has been another cool abstract banger I would circled back to check out more.

@@@ Hermitude: Dark Night Sweet Night (Nettwerk, 2015).  A mash of a lot of sounds I really can’t abide by on this release I saw on the Beats Highlights page.  First off the over reliance on belching synth clouds is uncool in my world.  The beats are a mix of funky and cheesy hip hop beats with hey hey background vocals of delicious whackness.  There is some interesting glitching going on in the arrangement but I can’t see through the cheese.  The second tune Through the Roof opens up with a Latin dancehall feel, which is cool but the vocal dog woofs start up again and the synth lead belongs on a cheeseburger not in a funky track.

@@@ Justin Bieber: What Do You Mean? (Def Jam, 2015).  We start out the week with some mainstream electro from the Elvis Presley wannabe.  It’s a bit surprising that he’s rocking a Lionel Richie smooth r&b flow on this tune.  A restrained and perfectly manicured arrangement featuring a club kick and a retro-’80s synth flute.  This tune is better than anything I heard on Tay Tay’s last album but it’s still poster boy fluff.  16 million hits for this tune, what a waste of bandwidth — he doesn’t even take his shirt off until almost three quarters thru.  I want my Bieber six pack yo.

YTD recordings listened to: 692
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 403
Not good music: 236

Honorable Mentions: 17
Buys: 11

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, Pat Thomas, Knauti, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Owiny Sigoma Band

 

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