5/31/16: Idris Ackamoor, Gravitysays_i, Beth Orton

@@@ Idris Ackamoor: We Be All Africans Now (Strut, 2016).  I guess this music is closet to Afrobeat but it is definitely less swaggering and more jazz like and angular than your classic Fela afrobeat.  A little bit of Sun Ra, a little black hippe Space Age flavor sauce, and even a little indie.  Ah, I just Duck Duck Goed Mr. Ackamoor and see he’s originally from Chicago and now teaches in the San Francisco area.  That explains a whole lot about the mixture of sounds in these tunes.  If you are into large ensemble African music but don’t love the machismo of classic Afrobeat this might work for you.  I might swing back on this record, it’s interesting.

@@@ Gravitysays_i: Quantum Unknown (Inner Ear, 2016).  The first single off an upcoming full length from a Greek prog/post rock outfit.  By single, I mean almost 10 minutes of sound that builds slowly.  Big rock vibes here.  A lower register vocalist lends an even more dramatic vibe to the proceedings.  Synths, guitars, it’s the full monty here.

@@@ Beth Orton: Kidsticks (Anti-, 2016).  Folktronica pioneer Orton returns on a record I got to via the All Music weekly notable release email.  This first tune, Snow, sounds more Kate Bush than anybody else with a simple bass pulse, a cornucopia of vocal tracks, some Peter Gabriel-esque single note guitar work and a medium funky groove with some sheets of guitar noise tucked in the back of the mix.  The Apple Music blurb says this is a new direction for Orton, away from what she did in the ’90s towards mesmeric electronic music.  It’s electronic, but I don’t know about mesmeric.  Mesmeric means to induce hynposis whereas I feel like this music is inducing sleepiness.

YTD recordings listened to: 468
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 261
Not good music: 173

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 9

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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks


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