@@@ Moody Good: Musicbx (Owsla/Nest, 2015). ‘Breathtaking’ music off the Beats highlights page. After an medium extended chopped static/typewriter intro, I’m waiting and here we go into a more trippy pop/dubstep flow. I believe there must be some sort of digital klusterfuck either on the Beats or in my head, let me switch to this other release, a single that is breathtaking. Oh lord, this digital record collection concept has not been perfected yet. This song Musicbx features Erica Allen Kane and it features the same aggro-funk style I caught in the other jam. This is most definitely a technically tricked track with a super sophisticated arrangement but her over-breathing lends a false drama to the tune. Also she’s too low in the mix.
@@@ Cloves: XIII (Interscope, 2015). I hear a lot of major label epic r&b pop like this record I found on the Beats highlights page. This first tune has a massive (I would say too way too big) reverb patch on the female voice as it skitters and epics is way over the resonant piano chords ringing out underneath. Tres meaningful. I could use a beat here. The second song dispenses with the piano and takes up the minimally strummed electric guitar. The singer has a fat tongue and her words sound weird. This is a bit too dramatical for my tastes. Take the reverb down, put some beats, get away from the epic production and get on with the songs.
YTD recordings listened to: 951
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 538
Not good music: 328
Honorable Mentions: 21
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