11/30/15: Erykah Badu, Sunflower Bean, Givers, Randy Valentine

@@@ Erykah Badu: But You Can’t Use My Phone (Motown, 2015).  Some intimate, chill hippie hop I got to after seeing the single on Apple Music.  The sounds are ridiculous, I don’t love Andre’ 3000’s rhymes, and she bites a melody from back in the day.  Now I’m gonna head back to the beginning of the record as the single Hello is the last track on the record.  This first tune opens up trippy and I could use some beats.  I skipped ahead as it was boring.  The second tune opens up less trippy and more chill with some laid-back organ, simple strummed acoustic and a simple rimshot beat.  I like this track, the arrangement is stylish.

@@@ Sunflower Bean: Human Ceremony (Fat Possum, 2015).  A retro ’90s indie guitar tune off an upcoming full length platter.  Nice buzzy guitars in the chorus and a dreamy female at the center of the verses.  A variant on the classic coil in the verse and explode in the chorus made famous by Mr. Cobain.  It’s a nice hook but I’m feeling a little beat over the head with it.  You may be dying to be whipped around the neck and shoulders with this hook.  Off the Apple Music indie highlights section.

@@@ Givers: New Kingdom (Glassnote, 2015).  More indie cuz I just can’t get enough of the hipster white boys.  After a little electro intro we get into the second track Bermuda.  A lot of ’80s influences with big stacks of vocals over the top.  Big Peter Gabriel drum rolls, some Simple Minds and a lot of other ’80s band sprinkled up in heah.  The third tune picks up the tempo and I think they dusted off a mad old school drum machine for this record.   Not really my cup of tea and it’s off the Apple Music highlights.

@@@ Randy Valentine: Love Advocate (Maximum Sound, 2015).  A new reggae single off the Apple Music reggae section.  I’ve read there’s been a revival of roots reggae sounds and I hear some it going on here.  Tasty dub echoes, some pumping organ, and loverboy vocals.

YTD recordings listened to: 961
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 543
Not good music: 333

Honorable Mentions: 23
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, Lionel Loueke, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Tinariwen

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