3/14/16: Lil Uzi Vert, Ro James, Bent Shapes, Emmy the Great

@@@ Lil Uzi Vert: Love is Rage (Atlantic, 2015).  Off the Apple Music hip hop A-list playlist.  This first tune, Safe House, is gangster electro hip hop.  Mr. Uzi Vert appears to be part of the drug trade and he has female friends who may be strippers.   This second tune, Banned from TV features a super huge elastic synth bass line that is quite funky but Vert is super pornographic and a potty mouth to boot so I’m moving on.

@@@ Ro James: Permission (RCA, 2016).  A hip hop influenced single off the Apple Music soul page.  It’s a nice keyboard vamp and I dig the falsetto vocals but the Autotuned sections are not great.  Beats are mostly hip hop and James sounds a lot like Prince.  It’s a knockin’ boots affair and he’s look for permission.  Solid B.

@@@ Bent Shapes: What We Do is Public (Slumberland, 2016).  A straight indie jangle single off the All Music weekly email.  A Camper Van Beethoven/Violent Femmes lovechild.  It goes out with a drum tom/guitar strum thing, not much to say as this is a timeworn full nerdy white boy indie formula.

@@@ Emmy the Great: Second Love (Bella Union, 2016).  Indie singer songwriter off the All Music weekly email.  A lot of ambient sound candy in this first tune — sparkles and sprinkles and tinkles.  The second tune strays from the singer songwriter into more indie electronic with the drum machine beat and the general vibe of the production.  Lots of female feelings going on here, lots of intimate heart based kind of sentiments.  Like a flavored coffee on a rainy day.

YTD recordings listened to: 251
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 138
Not good music: 92

Honorable Mentions: 5
Buys: 3

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, Los Hacheros, Cruciamentum


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