@@@ Jidenna: The Chief (Epic, 2017) Hip hop off the front page of the Apple Music sto. After an opening tune that does not a great job invoking African motherland vibes, the second tune gets into poppier territory. I guess this record lands more on the poppier side of hip hop with booty anthems but the metaphor of this MC being an African chief is kinda weird to me. The ‘Chief’ makes two appearances in the first three tunes and I didn’t stick around to hear more from him. Ah, Imma reading on the GoogleTube that Jidenna is Nigerian-American, well I find that use of African chieftain imagery to be much more appropriate now.
@@@ Soviet Soviet: Endless (felte, 2016). Off an All Music notable release email from a few months back. This first tune is full on 1980’s rock with all the sonic trappings. Yikes! Some of the guitar sounds are pretty massive and I appreciate that. The singer sounds just like a singer I’ve heard but whose name I can’t pull of my slowly spinning hard drive. I’m on the third tune and while this record is not going to make my list it has a fair amount of muscle and energy and I appreciate that. It’s mostly uptempo with a standard rock band lineup.
@@@ Tash Sultana: Notion (Mom & Pop, 2017) Off the apple Music new artist section. This woman’s record is blurbed as beautifully minimalist guitar backing an expressive voice. the guitar is clean with a lot of single line playing in this first tune and Sultana’s voice and her guitar is drenched in reverb. She’s most definitely going for the epic vibe here. Let’s peep more of this EP. The second tune brings on a big organ/synth cloud but the same reverb drenched production. I’m finding the songs aren’t effecting me as much as I would like them to. I could use some more stripped down production myself.
YTD recordings listened to: 114
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 60
Not good music: 37
Honorable Mentions: 0
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