@@@ Mamadou Barry & Afro Groove Gang: Tankadi (Label Bleu, 2016). Some large ensemble African music off this week’s WRIR weekly email. There is a connection to Afrobeat but it’s more jazz like in its vibe. Barry’s sax playing is fluid while I dig this hand drum solo it’s a tad smooth for my taste. As evidenced by the fusion-y bass sound. Let’s peep more. From the review I read that Barry founded a band back in Guinea called Kaloum Star and I’m checking them out now. I guess I’m a fan of the old school stuff, check it out.
@@@ Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Quality Control/Capitol, 2016). A blend of mainstream and left field hip hop off the Apple Music front page and the essential question is how can you sleep on a MC named Lil Yachty? He’s got a little skit cooking on this first tune and some sort of alter ego between Yachty/Boat and I think the Yachty is the rich one and Boat is the normal one. The second tune is Wanna Be LIke Us does two things I don’t like in hip hop or any genre for that matter. First he’s talking about possessions and how rich his shit is and there’s a lot of panting and breathy rapping here. Maybe he’s about to jizz hisself over all the stuff he has that other people don’t have. I like a bunch of the sounds here, the arrangements are fresh but the lyrics is hit or miss.
@@@ Jherek Bhischoff: Cistern (The Leaf Label, 2016). Experimental rock off this week’s All Music notable release email. Experimental rock is a large umbrella so a little description may be in order. This first tune is orchestral with string swells and no rocking. Some woodwind action and light percussion. Let’s peep further mabye this is the appeteaser. I’m on the second tune and there’s still no rock which is fine except for the marketing label. The third piece is a pleasant ambient and the fourth piece is another classical music piece. Can you imagine Apple selling iPhones as iPads? I can’t.
@@@ Lindstrom: Windings (Smalltown Supersound, 2016). I’m checking out this record as I usually try to give a listen to Smalltown Supersound records. This one is a bit different as it’s pretty friendly electro with handcalps and generous disco sprinkles. This is not full frat boy trouser sausage music but it’s not super far away. Let’s peep the second tune. I like the rhythms here but I’m not a huge fan of the synth work — it’s a tad kindergarden-y.
YTD recordings listened to: 580
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 318
Not good music: 214
Honorable Mentions: 10
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