@@@ K Camp: Only Way is Up (Family Ties/Interscope, 2015). Some West Coast hip hop with r&b mashed in that I got to via the Beats highlights. Mr. Camp has a conversational flow on the mic — he’s medium gangsta and relaxed about it. Camp raises the temperature on the second tune Till I Die with a more standard West Coast hard hip hop tune.
@@@ Air Waves: Fantasy (Western Vinyl, 2015). A single off an upcoming full length I got to via a music publicist. It’s a pretty straightforward mid tempo rocker with strummed guitar and a fragile female voice. It’s pretty much without genre — not super mainstream, not roots rock, not indie. Check it out even though I don’t have much to say about it.
@@@ Joan Shelley: Over and Even +3 (No Quarter, 2015). Some old school folk I got to from last week’s All Music weekly email. Same as the Iron Maiden record below. Very sweet double acoustic guitar playing panned left and right. The second tune is a duet with a mellow dude accompanying Ms. Shelley who has a classic folk voice — they get into some rock territory with some sinuous electric guitar melodies but it’s a chill Age of Aquarius type of record.
@@@ Iron Maiden: Book of Souls (BMG, 2015). One of the most dramatical voices in the history of metal. It opens up with a cheesy synth and delay on the voice on the intro before the band kicks in with a hard rock vibe. I know these guys are epic but this first tune is pretty sleepy time tea. The second tune, Speed of Light, starts out with a cowbell and then proceeds into a boogie rock riff. I’m checking out the third tune, The Great Unknown, but I’m not super into this record. Too dramatical.
YTD recordings listened to: 716
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 413
Not good music: 248
Honorable Mentions: 19
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