@@@ Sonia Stein: One of those things ( N/A, 2016) A single from a Jewish American hottie looking to be the electro Barbara Streisand of the 21st century. Mad ’80s sounds up on this tune with mellow plucked guitar, a sweet bed of pillowy synths and Stein down a sultry yet not slutty vocal. I don’t love it, but mazeltov! I got to this via a music publicist email.
@@@ Devonwho: Luz (Leaving Records, 2016). Some electro left field hip hop I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. The second tune brings the vocalists, a pair, and they’re doing a funky loverboy thing. I think this record may be mislabelled — what a shocker as the music industry never does that. This is an instrumental synth funk record and if you dig vintage synth sounds and synth-based arrangements this record might work for you.
@@@ Bobby Previte: Mass (Rare Noise Records, 2016). Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. I know Previte as a jazz drummer who has been in the New York area since the ’80s but this doesn’t look like it’s going to be a jazz record. On this first track he is doing some arena style drum filling behind a distinctly Catholic mass type of arrangement — choir vocals, swelling organ. The album is titled Mass but consider this a mass with quasi-metal guitars and a strange but hopefully not pedophile priest. Not my style but interesting.
YTD recordings listened to: 916
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 510
Not good music: 347
Honorable Mentions: 15
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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest