@@@ Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy’s Demo EP (Three Quarter, 2017) An alt r&b record I got to via the Apple Music new music section. And no, not Steve Lacy the sax player from the ’60s-’70s. These first two tunes are centered around Lacy’s guitar playing and he’s got some sophisticated vocal arrangements in this second tune, Ryd. The cover of the record has Mr. lacy sandwiched between a guitar and a bass so I’m thinking he programmed these beats and let fly with the rest of it. It’s pretty good. I would have dug some more variety of guitar tones as in maybe some Prince like guitar shredding.
@@@ Power Trip: Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord, 2017) I checked the advance single and felt it so I’m back for more now that the full length banger is out. Plus I’m a Southern Lord. These guys have a militant vibe to their metal stomp with plenty of thrash drumming and some extreme Red Bull shredding in this first tune (clipped below). I remember the Motorhead vibes these guys pump out like stale body odor. The second tune, Executioner’s Song, brings on big stomp. I’ve checked out four of the tunes here and I’m going to have to swing back on this record before I go burn somebody’s house down.
@@@ Rev. Sam Dixon: My Soul Says Yes (Manufactured, 2017) Some old school gospel with r&b sprinklings that I got to via a music publicist email. Some really beautiful gospel choir action and an interesting guitar player on this first tune. The vibe here is super old school and I dig that. If you, fabulous listener on this blog are not hip to the flavors of gospel and how much it has informed today’s soul/r&b music check out the reverend and get an earful for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 136
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 75
Not good music: 41
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip