@@@ Jeezy: Church in the the Streets (Def Jam, 2015). Some Dirty South rap off the Beats highlights page. Big fat bass with standard chopped style beats with cheesy strings. Mr. Jeezy has a big gruff voice and his dream is to make a million in a day. God bless you Mr. Jeezy, but I will click forward to avoid paying you a fraction of a penny. I like the rhythmic undercarriage but I can’t deal with the synth strings and Jeezy’s rhymes don’t work for me.
@@@ Chasms: Riser (Dream, 2015). I saw this band is playing at the Aquarius Records’ birthday bash in San Fran. This is a 4 song EP and this first tune is a mash of medium rough beats and dream pop layered over that. Female singer. Hypnotic with some muscle. The second tune opens up with the same electronic drums but a wave of guitar fuzz. I don’t usually dig this sound, but the sounds these guys put together preventing it from coming across as soft, pretty boy/girl indie. For fans of ’80s synth rock-mope.
@@@ Dos Floris: The Widowed Earth (Dynamik Records, 2015). Some acoustic/electro ambient I got to via an indie music blog I follow. The first tune unfolds with flute, then beats and then a full sonic swirl. A female singer comes in and lays down a New Age vibe. That’s not usually good for me and a long listen. The record sounds very good and I like the tune below but it’s only a 30 second chunk so that’s not ideal.
YTD recordings listened to: 922
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 521
Not good music: 319
Honorable Mentions: 21
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