@@@ Bombino: Azel (Partisan, 2016). This record is getting a medium big push and I’ve gotten more than one publicist email about this Tuareg/North African guitarist. I’m checking out the first track and he’s got a pretty great guitar tone and unlike Tinariwen he’s got a kit drummer which pushes him more to the rock neighborhood. I listened to two tracks on a hinky wifi connection and he’s got it going on as a guitar player and those circular riffs are right up in the middle of the mix. His voice is friendly, poppy almost, and his band is good. I will most likely check out more when the record drops in a couple of weeks.
@@@ Cardi B: Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 (KSR Group, 2016) How can you not peep a record called Gangsta Bitch Music? In the post intro tune, Trust Issues, she gets a little angelic on the way in and then she gets into stomping her female competition. Middle finger up to all the hoes. Is it has or hoes? I gotta check. Ms. B is on fleek all week in the second tune appropriately called On Fleek. She’s got some really nice bass pumping and skittery beats and if you’re in the mood for a potty mouthed cat fight, Cardi B is for you. And apparently there is no clear grammatical rule for hos or hoes.
@@@ Bas: Too High to Riot (Dreamville/Interscope, 2016). We go from Cardi B’s boxing ring flow to the more conscious hip hop of Bas who is talking about all manner of politics. In this first tune, the title track he’s talking about NSA, TSA, banging white girls and colonialism. I like Bas’ tone and he rhymes with urgency. Not Eminem at the end of his rope urgency, but he pushes. His arrangements are good but he’s the star of the show.
YTD recordings listened to: 288
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 159
Not good music: 109
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