@@@ FKA Twigs: Good to Love (Young Turks, 2016). Fucka Twigs is overrated, I’ll say that right off the top. She and her marketing team have been able to maintain indie credibility while pumping out the musical smegma. I think a key component of the equation is her biracial look. This tune is a lofty cheese nugget with lots of reverb on her voice garnished with some electronic garnish and some understated piano. Around three minutes in the tune finally gains a little steam. Not much, mind you but a little. This tune is number 1 on the Pitchfork playlist and could easily be a Disney soundtrack song. And there in lies the magic of the music business, selling macaroni and cheese as sophistication.
@@@ Dreezy: Spazz (Interscope, 2016). If it has z’s in the artist name it’s gonna be street. That’s the code. This tune has three z letters in it so it’s super street. Very tasty bass sound and beats here and a medium potty mouth female MC on the microphone. Miss Dreezy is a self-confessed street bitch and she don’t play. If Dreezy had rapped about drinking a ton of chocolate milk and headed out just wearing a diaper I would have been more interested, naimsayin’?
@@@ Layla Zoe: Breaking Free (Ruf Records, 2016). I got to this roots record off the CFUV weekly email. This first tune is an arena rock blues riffer and Zoe comes out large and in charge over the big drum sounds. This tune Backstage Queen could most definitely be a beer commercial. The second tune, Why do we always hurt the ones we love?, is gonna be a feelings based ballad. And you’re right Ms. Zoe, why do we hurt the ones we love! Sing it sister! I’m not sure I’m up for this shiny heartache so let me peep one more before I head out to another record. This third tune, Wild Ones, oh yeah. She will touch you places you can’t find on the globe. Oh, that’s filthy.
@@@ Head Wound City: A New Wave of Violence (Vice, 2016). Also off the CFUV weekly email and if it’s on the Vice imprint then you know the shit is off the hook! Vice is just the most awesome, un-corporate cultural behemoth — they most def bit the hand that feeds them. This is a fairly raucous, punky no wave affair. It is by no means as muscular as the gents in Pig Destroyer (2007’s Phantom Limb!) but the hipsters are custom made for half rough. The singer is the roughest of the bunch, the guitars are squally but not super power drill and the drummer is all right, somebody get him a latte yo. And the guitarist needs a bit of rough sauce while you’re at it. The singer is doing work here and he might need a new band.
TD recordings listened to: 560
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 309
Not good music: 208
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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin