@@@ Las Cafeteras: Tastes Like L.A. (Las Cafeteras, 2017) A self-released contemporary Latin record also off this week’s WRIR weekly playlist email. Where the record below, which I listened to first, was about an African in New York City, this recording appears to be associated with Los Angeles. It has some indie quirk to the vocal arrangements. There is some classic Mexican folk stringed instrument playing and hand drumming going on here. The second tune (clipped below) is an upbeat number with the continued theme of intricate and poppy vocals over a lot of traditional Mexican instrument playing.
@@@ Somi: Petite Afrique (Sony, 2017) A pan-African record I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. After a spoken word pastiche it gets into a world jazz piano-vocal vibe. I skipped to the third tune and this is going to be a highbrow, meaningful African record with a lot of straight jazz influence and fusion-y production. Not really for me, too polished.
@@@ Time is Fire: Angels EP (Electric Cowbell, 2017) Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email. A mash of world music influences (at least they namecheck various genres on their bandcamp page) but this first tune is pretty Afrobeat, ah no there’s some psych rock guitar and drums there. This second tune has more rock sounds to it but the rhythm section is definitely not rock (though they rock). I’m on the third tune and it’s rocking more as it unfolds. It’s all right, I don’t think I love the singer but that’s just me.
YTD recordings listened to: 248
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 135
Not good music: 92
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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab