4/29/16: Beyonce, Fresh Big Mouf, Joey Kneiser, Elaquent

@@@ Beyonce: 6 Inch (Columbia, 2016).  The Lemonade stand is open with the fifth track, 6 Inch.  Ah, this tune is a bit of a mess.  It’s about a female character, a stripper, and how hard she works for her money.  It’s hard (no pun) to see the 6 inch title to be a penis reference.  I like The Weeknd’s first vocal, he’s really got a good Michael Jackson vibe going.  There are too many vocals on this track, it’s cluttered.  The beats are also all over the place.  They go from rock machismo to club handclaps and it’s incoherent.  If there’s anything we all know about Beyonce is that everything is about her and not about her at the same time.  I can’t tell if this is about her as a sexy, working female doing her thing, but since the song kinda sucks.  When people talk about what a genius Beyonce is I would like to see them roll out on this tune and explain the genius at work here.  This is not the work of a genius.

@@@ Fresh Big Mouf: Bite Your Brains (Not sure, 2016) A single from an artist I saw name checked on the Indie pulse music blog.  It’s an indie electronic track that is close to an old four on the floor disco track with some pitch shifted voices, synth bass, some ’80s era synths, and a bouquet of R2D2 robot sounds.  It’s all right, check it out if you dig indie electronic

@@@ Joey Kneiser: The Good Ones (This is American Music, 2016).  An American roots track with polished production, a strong vocal melody/performance, and big reverbed guitars.  Also piano on this loneseome lonesome track.  This is straight ahead roots, no mashing up with other genres, just a man and a woman singing about their broken hearts.

@@@ Elaquent: Less is More (Urbnet, 2015).  Some indie hip hop off the CFUV weekly email.  This second tune, Caramel is an interesting blend of retro ’90s sounds mixed with chopped/blenderized vocals and some glitchy swirls.  Not much from the MC Elaquent at this point.  Maybe he’s the producer and these are instrumental tracks.  Hol’ up Imma check the intertoobz.  There’s an MC on the fifth tune, and it appears Elaquent produces these tracks and a lot of them are instrumentals.  He’s got skills.  As noted before ’90s influenced beats but there’s some interesting stuff going on in the arrangements.  I hear saxophones, a short bouncing vibes sample.

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 144

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 7

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar

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