@@@ Chuck Inglish: Everybody’s Big Brother (Sounds Like Fun, 2015). A chill, funky hip hop record off the Beats highlights. Opens up with a long synth melody/doodle, a faded beat and female background singers to garnish the quiet storm he’s got going on. Inglish is the producer and he’s got tons of guests. The second tune is tougher, with a chopped tick/tock beat and a spittin’ MC. His tunes sound a bunch like Snoop Doggy Weed Smoker, even though his bio says he’s from Michigan. West Coast sounds and stable of guest rappers.
@@@ Fresh Snow: Won (Hand Drawn Dracula, 2015). Indie electronic off this week’s CFUV weekly email. The first tune, King Twink Rides Again, features a nice loping bass figure over big toms and the trademark twinkly arpeggiated guitars and a synth lead. I’m guessing a mopey singer. Oh no, the Twink has risen and they’re rockin’ it! And back to intro but with a violin, cello, and saxophone. Nice, points for variety. The second tune, Proper Burial brings on the dreamy, detached femme voice. Somewhat slack, somewhat proggy, and indie flakes. On this third tune, they’re turning shoe gaze — you get the full flavor pack with these guys.
@@@ Khiyo: Khiyo (ARC, 2015). Some Bengali music with a London sound that I got to from the CFUV weekly playlist email. The first tune which has a very long title is indeed an equal mash of Bengali singing and melodies with some electric guitar and drum kit underneath it. It’s interesting music with unique energy. The second tune Doyal Tomaro Lagiya is a pastoral tune with Western acoustic guitar, tabla, violin and the singer. Most mashups don’t go this far at all in combining disparate sounds. This sounds like more than a musical gimmick — the singer is fresh and the arrangements work well.
@@@ Hermitude: Dark Night Sweet Night (Network, 2015). Some instrumental hip hop/club-tronica. Big fat synth patch twerking and dicking itself with a high pitched complimentary squirt on this first tune, Hijinx. Ah well, some refreshing slurps and carbonated pops accompany your synth squirgles and pong bass. They go dancehall on this second tune, and I think I’ve heard this record before. In the ongoing tidal wave of edm, outright disco, club disco, and indie disco it’s hard to keep track of all the blurping come through.
YTD recordings listened to: 807
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 463
Not good music: 280
Honorable Mentions: 21
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng