8/19/16: Cody Jinks, VIXX, Jake Miller, Tory Lanez

@@@ Cody Jinks: I’m not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music, 2016).  I got to this country roots record via the new music sction of Apple Music.  Jinks has a deep and forlorn country voice that lends weight to his music.  Instrumentation is electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums and fiddle (so far).  The title track takes the tempo down from the opener and it’s a notch or two above dirge-y.  Wow, bummer country.  Well I guess it’s better than the arena redneck Bon Jovi country.  The third tune, No Guarantees, brings the tempo up and while it’s well played it’s pretty standard stuff.

@@@ VIXX: Hades – EP (Korean label, 2016).  Check out this super melodramatic K-Pop showing that super cheesy pop drama is (unfortunately) a world wide affair.  It’s interesting that the verses are in Korean and the chorus bangs you in English.  It’s also interesting because I thought Koreans don’t consume cheese. Pee-whew, this stinks.

@@@ Jake Miller: Overnight (Warner, 2016)  Mainsstream, breathy electro off the Apple Music new section.  It’s a mash of old school mellow disco sounds and loverboy Drake stylings.  Also a few Justin Timberlake and Jonas Brothers’ pubes up in here.  Four on the floor with sugar on top.

@@@ Tory Lanez: I Told You (Interscope, 2016).  A mash of r&b and hip hop that I got to via last week’s All Music weekly email.  Lots of autotuned vocals, some solid rapping, a simple piano part and supportive beats.  There are a lot of skits on this record which I’m not a big fan of but I’m peeping this tune 4am Flex and I like this late night booty call better than the opener.  Lanez has skills, I don’t adore the Autotune and some of the vocal arrangements but it’s all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 666
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 372
Not good music: 243

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 11

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Unfun

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