@@@ Tiken Jah Fakoly: Dernier Appel (Barclay, 2014). A review from WRIR in Virigina has Fakoly as their favorite African reggae records of 2015. I can’t get that 2015 effort on the Apple Music so I’m peeping this 2014 record. It’s pretty smooth business with very pleasing vocal harmonies (in French) and other African touches like a traditional stringed instrument and marimba. Let’s peep more. He’s got a fair number of guest vocalists on here which keeps the variety working. He’s got an interesting bass player and a sticky drummer as you would expect and I like hearing the lyrics in French. I would check out his new record for sure.
@@@ Little Mix: You Gotta Not (Sony, 2016). A girl group pop r&b off the Apple Music front page. These ladies need a man who acts like a man and when you grow up we can boom boom boom fall in love. This is more saccharine and sassy than cheesy and overwrought. No need to waste much time or energy on this, it’s disposable.
@@@ Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano: Heritage (Qwest, 2016). I got to this record by Cameroonian vocalist Bona via his PR person and an email. I don’t if the whole record is a multitrack vocal effort, nope, the second tune kicked in with a full band including a piano player. He’s got some polished salsa vibes in this second tune Bilongo. This is a very smooth and polished record for people who wear nice clothes to work. While I appreciate the mashing of Cuban music and African singing I like more fire.
@@@ Netherbird: The Grander Voyage (Black Lodge, 2016). I’m up in the metal section of Apple Music and this is either gonna be doom metal or stoner rock from the intro to this first tune, Pale Flames on the Horizon. Oh yeah this is the doom metal for sure with a caveman spoken word section here in this just over two minutes song. This next one is over 7 minutes long so I expect the full show. Yes, Gloomzilla with schmeckl of thrash and arena rock. Horns up ya shittas!! I like this fourth tune, Windwards, it’s full on death metal.
YTD recordings listened to: 866
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 484
Not good music: 326
Honorable Mentions: 14
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