@@@ Peace: Black Power (Now Again Records, 2016). Some reissued Zambian funk/rock that I got to via a friend of mine with pretty stylish musical taste. This tune is the shit, I don’t know about the rest of the compilation as my friend is gonna hit me up with a copy of the whole schtick. Ridiculous drumming, excellent guitar work, and a flavorful singer rocking awesome black power lyrics. Check it out people.
@@@ Yellowjackets: Cohearance (Mack Avenue, 2016). I saw this record being reviewed over at the London Jazz blog so I thought I might swing out and peep it. The Apple Music description has these guys as ‘rhythm and jazz’ in an effort to avoid the dreaded ‘fusion’ word. Fusion is a crusty ass, dirty thing. This is a wee bit fusion-y, Martin Medeski-ish, with sax, piano, other wind instruments, bass and drums. I like the piano player, the drummer is all right, and the sax player I”m not super feeling.
@@@ Mozzy: Mandatory Check (Mozzy/Empire, 2016). Some gangsta hip hop off the Apple Music front page. Less bass and a higher profile for the drums on this first track Painkillers. Lots of gun play, some romance, even a ballad. The sounds are nice, nothing particularly trippy or super hooky and a lot of guest MCs.
YTD recordings listened to: 509
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 282
Not good music: 189
Honorable Mentions: 9
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