@@@ Sizzla Kalonji: 876 (Judgment Yard/J-Vibe, 2016). Some conscious reggae with modern touches. Super thick bass but a more modern drum sound. Mr. Sizzle has a loose singing style, a tad liquid (and possibly baked). A little prescient on that as the second tune is called ‘Leave My Ganja Alone’. He’s quite passionate in his desire to have others leave his ganja alone. I was making fun of Mister Kalonji in his ganja anthem but he puts out a lot energy on the microphone and I really appreciate. I don’t like the synth horns a ton but he’s got a good thing going.
@@@ Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast, 2015). Some poppish metal with synths that I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. Female singer, lots of power chords and I don’t know why I can’t take metal with synths seriously. It sounds bad to my ears, I think there’s something wrong with me. There must be as this video below has close to 5 million hits on the GooglePimp/Youtube.
@@@ Brooklyn Funk Essentials: The Funk Ain’t Ova (Dorado Records, 2015). Some funk off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. This is more your late ’70s disco influenced funk than your late ’60s stripped down and harder Black Power funk. I prefer the latter but these guys have a big party vibe pumping on the opener. They got a little quiet storm -esque thing going on the third tune but what I checked is party party and mo party.
@@@ Joe Gorgeous: How Bruce Lee Died (Joe Gorgeous, 2016). A mainstream rock single I got to via a music publicist. Mostly guitar centered but with some occasional synth garnish for cuteness. If you like Weezer but prefer a slightly glam vibe over the nerd vibe Weezer offers then you might dig this tune. Catchy but pretty minimalist.
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YTD recordings listened to: 218
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 122
Not good music: 76
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, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Michael Daves, Los Hacheros