@@@ Protoje: Ancient Future (Mr. Bongo, 2015). An update roots reggae/dancehall sound on this record I found on the WRIR weekly playlist email. Some synths on this first tune, and this could most definitely be a drum machine on this first track. Protoje has a great presence on the microphone, I dig his work. The second tune brings more club vibes into the proceedings but the big but not oversized bass anchors the tunes. If you dig the beats you’ll really dig the record. I’m agnostic, I don’t hate on them, but I could use different and different sounding beats.
@@@ Bryson Tiller: Trapsoul (N/A, 2015). Super high tech loverboy r&b/nu soul off the Apple Music highlights page. Tiller is from Louisville and his beats are Dirty South and Tiller works the mic. Production is mostly synth based, the beats are hot, and about the kindest thing I can say is that it’s better than Justin Timberlake and he raps and sings with equal aplomb.
@@@ Panic! At the Disco: Death of a Bachelor (Fueled by Ramen, 2015). I got these guys confused with the other panic band, Widespread Panic. This first tune, Victorious is a stinky bag of ass. Cheesy sounds, cheesy production, the lyrics are stupid, and the singer is a douche. The second tune, Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time, is just as stupid. It’s not that it’s stupid so much, cuz I like stupid music it’s also cliche and bad and cheesy. These guys should called Dog Shit! At the Disco. 20 million hits on the GooglePimp, what a waste of bandwidth.
YTD recordings listened to: 16
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 11
Not good music: 5
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves