@@@ Missing No: Fones (XL, 2015). An A-list electronica tune off the Apple Music playlist. It’s a mash of sci-fi bleep action, wambly synths and dreamy female vocals. Over a beat that is a tad chopped and a tad clubby. The singer sounds like she’s 4 years old and the best parts of the tune is the deep bass line and the sci-fi pinging bleep shower.
@@@ Africaine 808: Basar (Golf Channel Recordings, 2016) Another featured electronic recording on the Apple Music electronic front page. Opens up with synth horns and a hand drum. And strings! This first tune has a bit of a jazz fusion/prog vibe going with an orchestral vibe. The second tune, Ngoni, features a ngoni loop with more hand drums and synth bass and synth squirts. I like this combination of instrumentation but I wish it was less restrained and funkier. This is mild manner flavored coffee electronica. The third tune finally starts to push the tempo and the funk.
@@@ Palms Trax: High Point on Low Ground (Dekmantel, 2015) A four on the floor club banger also off the Apple Music electronic page. Pretty standard unt-ss beat, some R2D2 robot bleeps, an electric piano vamp and a tiny chopped vocal sample for your human contact. I think the melodies are pretty grade school stuff but when you’re all hopped up on MGMT and legal weed, nobody gonna care….
@@@ Kidnap Kid: Moments (Birds that Fly, 2016) Last tune of the day off the Apple Music electronic section. Best arrangement of the day — very slick shuffling beat with some really nice arpeggiated piano. The vocals, on the other hand, are a bit New Age/Phil Collins. The lyrics are not full cheese fondue but it’s a grilled cheese sandwich to be sure. There’s some tasteful string work towards the end of the track but I just can’t abide by the vocals, they make me feel cheap.
YTD recordings listened to: 171
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 95
Not good music: 67
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum