Dawn Richard: Blackheart (Our Dawn Entertinament, 2015). I first read about this artist in the Guardian with a profile about how a mainstream artist chose to publicize herself so I would really like to love this record. It is adventurous electronic music with bold arrangements and a more abstract approach than 99% of the electronic out there. While I appreciate a bunch of the sounds here I don’t really love the tunes but maybe some of you club heads could put down your MDMA and peep something with higher IQ.
MAKU Soundsystem: Mezcla (Glitterbeat 2016) I’ve been trying to make up my mind regarding this outfit based on an earlier record, but I will give a shout to this Glitterbeat effort because I really dig what Glitterbeat does. THese guys do a super high energy world music party music with strong Afrobeat flavors. I’m almost surthey’re from Latin America but I’m too tired to Duck duck ‘me. I’m a picky Afrobeat listener so I’ll pass on putting this on my year end list but I can picture funky party music people connecting with this record, so get on it.
Equal Stones: Leaving to Become Ashes (Self-released, 2016). I remembering first hearing this Duth producer’s ambient and then I went back and peeped again and didn’t like it, so he’s been stuck on my listening list. HE’s got a lot of releases up on the band camp and I’ m listening to his latest. He’s working in the slow swirl/cloud/light metallic neighborhood of ambient. This ‘Changes to the list’ is turning into a I wanna support Musician X without hitting my list. OH, he’s got some ambient tension working on this third track. Super slow twitch.
Alexander Hawkins: All There Ever Out (Babel, 2012) Here’s another artist that has been lingering and it’s all my fault. He is a British pianist and I picked this free jazz effort to highlight. He’s got a medium large ensemble here including vibes, guitar, bass and drums. It’s out but not super out and thus far I’m feeling the playing. Hawkins is not a dominating bandleader and they have good ensemble energy going here.