@@@ Oddisee: The Iceberg (Mello Music, 2017) I have heard Oddisee before and I like his label they put out quality music. He’s got a vibrant combo of Earth Wind and Fire vibes with his quick rhymes, especially in the chorus where the whole thing kinda explodes in a good way. This is not exactly my favorite sound but he’s doing an incredible job of combining his rhyming and full band arrangements with an emphasis on vintage instrumentation. I haven’t heard an MC in a long time present such a full musical hip hop sound like this. Check it out.
@@@ Marty Stuart: Way Out West (Superlative Records, 2017) A roots record off last week’s All Music notable release email. After a brief intro the band gets into some serious Western twanging. I’m not sure if this is going to be an instrumental country surf record — I think it is. There are multiple guitar parts going on here and it’s a Western guitar lover’s wet dream. Vibrato, big melody lines. Oh, here’s a singer and he’s got a little bit of Johnny Cash going on. Old school. I love the guitar sounds here.
@@@ Kristina Cottone: Bow (self-released, 2017) A coffee shop soul EP I got to via a music publicist in chicago. In this first tune Cottone stretches her voice over a simple guitar vamp. I hear some jazz training in her voice. The second tune brings on the band and it’s brisk and jagged. I like the tunes but the production not as much.
YTD recordings listened to: 180
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 96
Not good music: 67
Honorable Mentions: 1
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