11/3/15: Adama Yalomba, Grupo Fantasma, AceMo, Grave Babies

@@@ Adama Yalomba: Waati Sera IMesa Blue Moon, 2015)  Some slinky yet smooth African music that sits between rough desert blues and African pop.  I got to this record via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  Rhythms are rocked by hand drums, there’s some simple and steady rhythm guitar, kora, and rougher sounding leads.  Yalmoba’s voice is pretty smooth and sweet.  The second tune picks up the tempo and brings the drum kit — there’s still a sweetness to the rocking though.  Yalomba is from Mali (thanks intertubez!).  Myself due to low self-esteem like the rough African music — I like my metal dirty and melted so what can I say.  This third tune has a reggae feel.  I can see folks looking to check out some African music feeling this record.

@@@ Grupo Fantasma: Problemas (Blue Corn Music, 2015).  Another world music monster shot off the WRIR weekly playlist email.  This record opens up with the tune Nada, swaggering horn lines, some dual quasi-demented cutting melodic guitar, percussion and drum kit.  Oh my, these folks are mashin’ it up.  These guys are veterans — the arrangements twist and turn naturally and effortlessly.  Everybody is more than solid players, but special props to the horn section.  They do a pretty flavorful Beatles cover, it sounds a bit tongue in cheek to my ears and Imma gonna have to swing back and check this record out more extensively when I have the time.

@@@ AceMo: Trackerino (EFN, 2015).  An electro hip hop single I got to via a music publicist email.  The beats are an interesting mash of club, chopped, and industrial.  The bass is low and liquid, there’s a chopped female vocal part and the vibe is very trippy, something I rarely hear in the electronic neighborhood.

@@@ Grave Babies: Holographic Violence (Hardly Art, 2015).  Off this big ass list email Aquarius Records sends out.  Most of the synth rock I hear is a tad light in the loafers, but these guys put across a pretty shreddy krautrock for your earholes.  The drums are boring and white bread, but the guitar tones are pretty good.  They’re doing a pretty credible uber  kraut-y vocal schtick.  I can’t really deal with these beats, they’re so clompy and boring.  Check ’em out if you dig the full kraut show.

YTD recordings listened to: 883
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 502
Not good music: 303

Honorable Mentions: 21
Buys: 13

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, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Israel Nash


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