@@@ Karikatura: Speak Now (Ropeadope, 2016). A mash of hip hop, Middle Eastern melodies, and ska party music with pretty heavy lyrics. I like this first tune. Let’s peep more. The second tune, White Lies, comes with the big horn line than into some more lyrics about police brutality. As these guys outline on their website they are up for any genre as long as it ends up funky. Reggae, ska, klezmer, all manner of sounds. Check them out.
@@@ Prince Fox: Fragile (Casablanca, 2016). Big mouth music biz blogger Bob Lefsetz gave this track a spin and said it might be worthy. It’s got some of the worst elements of club music and some of the cheese of arena rock. Big fat, pillow-y synths, a female singer that sounds like she’s about to cream her jeans and a hook that they’re pounding into my head like a nail. And it feels about as good. I can’t for the life of me understand the line she keeps saying: if you still hate me, I’m gonna let you break me. I get it now that I see it on the blog page, but it’s still a stupid song.
@@@ Skinny Lister: Six Whiskies (Xtra Mile, 2016). An Irish folk rock drinking lament I got to via a music publicist. Big sing alongs, folk melodies glass raising lyrics. It’s morning as I write but I could use a shot right about now.
YTD recordings listened to: 431
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 240
Not good music: 159
Honorable Mentions: 8
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, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Al Scorch