@@@ Razteria & Rahman Jamaal: Change (Asteria, 2016). A world music tune I got to via the CFUV weekly email. A female singer working a singing/rhyme flow with strummed acoustic guitar, rock guitar and okay beats. I don’t really like the lyrics which revolve around being prepared for change. I get that and I fear not to change to another tune. Rock reggae is how these guys describe themselves and that’s pretty much it.
@@@ Mikael Lind: Intentions and Variations EP (Morr Music, 2016). A preview track from an ambient full length coming on April 8. The tune opens up with a slow, resonating piano melody. It’s a little classical, it’s a little New Age. At least so far. Here comes a slightly staticky wave of noise, sweet. He’s got a nice, slow blossoming tune two thirds of the way through — minimalist bass pulse, waves of static, slow piano, a string swell, and some digital ear candy. I’m not enthralled but I like it.
@@@ Ed Balloon: No Smoking EP (Ed Balloon, 2015). Some left-field electro hip hop I got to from this week’s Aquarius Records email. He’s just barely in the hip hop zone as he seems equally interested in indie electronic vibes, r&b, and club music vibes. I like the variety of sounds to be found here, but it’s not really my thing.
YTD recordings listened to: 322
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 182
Not good music: 120
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Cruciamentum