@@@ FANFARE CIOCARLIA: Onwards To Mars! (Asphalt Tango) These guys have one song from a record coming out on March 18, 2016, which has passed but the whole record has not been made available. They do a flavorful cover of the old blues howler ‘I Put a Spell on You’. What sticks out in my mind is the tuba holding down the low end and the singer who is working it. Based on this one song, I would most definitely listen to more of this band. They work a gypsy/klezmer/punk thing — at least in this one song.
@@@ Dactah Chando: Tu Juicio (Tu Juicio, 2015). A Spanish Caribbean electronic dancehall track off the WRIR weekly email (same as the pocket review above). Bumpin’ synth bass sounds, pretty standard funky beats and a toaster on the mic with female back up singers and other vocalists accompanying him. Nice harmonica/melodica break and you juicy baby!
@@@ Jorja Smith: Blue Lights ( , 2016). A new style r&b single that is number 2 on the Apple Music best new artists playlist. Smith over sings but not grievously and she has too much reverb on her voice when she goes into the ‘blue lights’ refrain. The most interesting aspect of the tune is the wash of old school electric piano. It goes well with the sharpness of the medium brisk beat. If the vocals weren’t so stylized I would feel this song.
@@@ Our Mother: Surprise Machine ( , 2016). Another tune of the Apple music New Artists playlists. I dig the simple mechanical variation on this unt-tss classic club beat and the sparse pumping beats. But I don’t really like the vocals — krauty and flat. Ah well, I don’t make the tunes, I just review them.
YTD recordings listened to: 278
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 153
Not good music: 105
Honorable Mentions: 5
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 Parker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Los Hacheros, Cruciamentum