1/9/16: Killswitch Engage, dvsn, Grizfolk

@@@ Killswitch Engage: Strength of the Mind (Roadrunner, 2015).  A single off the Apple Music metal page.  Aggressive and riffy with a pissed singer and a steady double kick drum attack.  A bit of opera in the chorus with the descending riff and the vocal melody before they return to the beatdown.  It’s all right with big ups to the guitar player.

@@@ dvsn: Hallucinations (dvsn, 2015).  A single off the Apple Music r&b/soul tune.  The singer is rocking a r&b flow over an ambient club sound that features some nice titch that pans across from left to right.  Oh fuck, mr. dvsn is for real he’s singing and showing some emotion here and we must give respect to that.  He goes out on a gospel choir tinged vibe with that catchy floating titch.  Less is more and it’s an interesting wash of sounds.

@@@ Olamide: Melo Melo (Freeme Digital, 2015)  A single off the Apple Music world music page.  I gotta guuugle this dude as I can’t place him from his accent.  He’s Nigerian and it’s interesting that he’s got some Autotune on his vocal which robots up his ass for sure.  It’s a poppy tune with handclaps and highlife feel if not instrumentation.

@@@ Grizfolk: Wake up the Giants (Virgin, 2015).  Epic and cheesy mainstream rock off the Apple Music front page.  Big power chords, New  Age lyrics, some arpeggiated synths and we’re all the way home.  It’s hard to be a worse rock band than Fall Out Boy, but these guys give ’em a run for the money.  #woof

YTD recordings listened to: 29
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 19
Not good music: 10

Honorable Mentions: 1
Buys: 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, 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, Reverend Peyton

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