9/7/16: Sia, David Vest, The Hot Sardines, Travis Scott

@@@ Sia: The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (  , 2016)  Blurbed as a powerful dose of tropical pop it’s another in a long line of New Age songs about being brave (Sara Bareilles), roaring (Katy Perry), and being the greatest (Sia).  The sounds are all right, and she keeps referring to her stamina which is draining my stamina.  She’s got a slurry, syrup-y flow on the mic and the last minute is a lot of vocals.  Solid C.  In addition we might be approaching peak Kendrick. 6 million views for this biscuit, oy!

@@@ David Vest: Devestatin Rhythm (Ark-o-matic, 2016)  Off CFUV’s weekly playlist email towards the top of the folks/roots/blues section.  I peeped a New Orleans influenced electric blues record recently and this one sports some shuffling funk on this opener, West Coast Saturday Night.  The second tune Stop This Madness is an anti-gun swagger track with some nice guitar work and bumping horns.  He’s got a happening band and I dig his plain voice.  I’ve clipped this tune below because it seems of this time.

@@@ The Hot Sardines: French Fries & Champagne (Universal Jazz, 2016).  Some Broadway-esque large ensemble jazz I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Big horn section, upright bass, female singer, piano player and a drummer.  This is jazz for responsible members of society.  They do an interesting flavored coffee version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love.

@@@ Travis Scott: Goosebumps (Epic/Sony, 2016)  This is an Apple Music exclusive and this is a hip hop track heavy on the synths and the cough syrup influenced sounds.  Scott opens the track thick and blurred and he moves up a register but there’s still a quasi-twisted vocal effect on his voice.  It’s a bit strange how he goes from the loverboy to the chorus where he gets into some vocal gunshot shit.  I think this whole tune was de-tuned as it’s a got an odd swervy flow to it.  And this tune does not list it but Kendrick Lamar has a verse on this here tune so what I was saying about Kendrick, it might be true yo.  Need an MC call 1 800 Kendrick!

YTD recordings listened to: 712
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 400
Not good music: 262

Honorable Mentions: 12
Buys: 12

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, Keefe Jackson, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes


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