@@@ Kyle: Smyle (Indie/Super Duper, 2015). Some braggadocio hip hop heavily influenced by electro and r&b. The first tune The Force is a hat tip to the Star Wars. I thought a hip hop record called Smyle was gonna be all DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince but Mr. Kyle is pretty potty mouthed. Let’s skip ahead. The second tune is a seduction anthem and the third is an ode to summer. This is pretty lo IQ shit so if you’re not too bright and like hip hop cliches check this biscuit out.
@@@ The Haggis Horns: What Comes to Mind (Haggis Recordsm 2015). Both this record and Kyle’s Smyle off the Beats Highlights page. This record opens up old school horn driven funk. Nice electric organ and chicken scratch guitar. The second tune, Give Me Something Better features a male singer and the tune is lover boy, tres Earth Wind and Fire. It’s back to the party on the third tune It Ain’t What You Got — mid tempo with hints of Afrobeat in the horn lines and the hand percussion.
@@@ Trivium: Silence in the Snow (Roadrunner, 2015). Some heavy music off the Beats highlights page. It opens up classical which I don’t like in heavy metal. Just get on with the fucking beatdown, if I wanted classical music I know where to go. When the band kicks in it’s an update on the classic metal formula. The drums sound like a combination of arena rock drums and thrash drums. The singer is epic and the guitar player is set to shred. The second tune Blind Leading the Blind is a mid tempo tune with a big melody, frenetic guitar work and thump drums. This is not my favorite sub genre of metal but if it floats your boat Trivium serves it up classic.
@@@ U.S. Girls: Half Free (4AD) Off last week’s CFUV weekly email. It opens up with an indie hip hop kinda thing, with a drum machine beat, some half sung vocals, and an abstract whirring sound that dominates the mix in a strange way. The vocal hook is ‘I want to hang myself from the family tree’ and it’s a decent hook but they wear it. The second tune takes on a white girl slightly dancehall indie vibe. Be warned there are some very nasal vocals on this record — super nasal. It’s a downer vibe, which I dig and they take funky dream beats and put pretty open feminist lyrics on them. The fourth tune, Window Shades takes a faded disco beat
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Not good music: 278
Honorable Mentions: 21
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