@@@ Nef the Pharaoh: The Chang Project (Empire, 2017) A mash of r&b and hip hop that I got to via the Apple Music new music section. A female in this first tune keeps singing ‘you can keep running the streets with your bitches’. Okay then. The sounds in the arrangement are kinda retro and synth centered. There are guest rappers and singers on every tune but I won’t be sticking around to peep it. As much as I find some gangsta rap offensive I prefer the funk to this.
@@@ Feist: Pleasure (Polydor France, 2017) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune sounds a lot like a PJ Harvey tune — stripped down female with a guitar but we will see how this develops. It doesn’t explode in female fury the way a good PJ Harvey jam does but let’s peep more. I appreciate the unvarnished production but the songs aren’t grabbing me. Oh wait this third tune, Get Not High Get Not Low is super stylish and engaging. I’ve clipped it below for your earhole pleasure. Ooh and in the middle of the tune the whole sound morphs into an intimate full band thing and that’s very creative. Oy, that’s why you have to listen because even within a record things can move around quite a bit.
@@@ Lord Echo: Harmonies (Soundway, 2017) Off the new arrivals at WRIR in Virginia. This first tune is a chill, updated dub sound with some nice delayed organ and now a loverboy voice. The second tune, Life On Earth, keeps the same combination of vintage sounds and American quiet storm r&b. Lord Echo’s voice is crazy smooth, he is chilled like champagne. The third tune gets into some smooth disco feeling so no matter where Lord Echo goes, it’s gonna be smooth shit.
YTD recordings listened to: 262
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 155
Not good music: 101
Honorable Mentions: 2
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