@@@ Quantic: 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts, 2016). Quantic is a pretty prolific fella but I think this is his first foray into dub music and the first track is pretty authentic roots. Very thick bass sound with nice splashy hats and spring reverbed as fuck stick snare sounds to go with your sweet horn lines. The second tune A Life Worth Living sports more modern production with U-Roy as guest vocalist. I think the emphasis here is more melodic horn playing an uplifting vibes rather than cracked and blunted dub. I like both styles with a slight preference for the latter.
@@@ Danny Brown: When it Rain (Warp Records, 2016) An odd mash of influences in this hip hop single I got to via the Apple Music front page. They got a little surf guitar, a little Casio garnish, some electronic synth candy, some metallic percussion in lieu — not in lieu but preceding a more conventional fat booty bass. However the manic, full meth rhyme spitting is the star here though the arrangement is pretty slick. It’s exhausting and catchy at the same time.
@@@ Skiffle Players: Skifflin’ (Spiritual Pajamas, 2016). A alt-folk/jam band record from some indie superstahs that I have never heard of. This is some pretty lightweight hippie-jam-roots. The singer sounds like he works in a pillow shop and the vibe is super friendly. I hate that, where’s the edge and the bitterness? I guess inside me. I like this second tune, A Star for You despite it’s Phish-iness. The bass player is very engaging, I dig that. This is for shiny happy people and I have nothing against you folks, but c’mon.
YTD recordings listened to: 512
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 284
Not good music: 190
Honorable Mentions: 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, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Eli Paperboy Reed