5/22/16: 6Lack, Woods, Vastum

@@@ 6Lack: Pblms ( , 2016).  Off this week’s Apple Music best of the week playlist.  I’m hearing a lot of trippy, downtempo hip hop and this would be a prime example.  A really nice ambient pipe like sound rotating n the mix with a pretty stoned out MC and slow Dirty South beats.  Mr. 6Lack has female problems and he airs them on this track.  I don’t dislike his rhyming and his rhymes but the arrangement surpasses his skills.

@@@ Woods: Know Your Minute ( , 2016).  An indie throwback white boy soul/quirky rock track off the Apple Music.  Falsetto vocals, some old school minimal soul/rock guitar work, and mostly rock drums.  Sounds like a ramped down maximum r&b Who tune from the mid-60s.

@@@ Vastum: Hole Below (20 Buck Spin, 2016).  Off my heavy metal email newsletter.  The first tune, Sodomistic Malevolence (yikes!), opens up ambient and dungeon-y but the hounds of hell are coming up the tunnel and I predict the full bone crushing metallic explosion is nigh.  And there it is!  With a solid drum thrash and an agitated right hand guitar buzz fest, and a reverbed voice with occasional wails constituting the vocals.  I would say they sound pretty malevolent.  And enter the caveman, grunting and walking on all fours!  The second tune Amniosis gets right on it with a freight train vibe and Caveman Bill out front.  I don’t know why but I can’t really deal with this singing style.

YTD recordings listened to: 451
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 251
Not good music: 166

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 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, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks


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