@@@ Joe Gifted: Water (Warner Bros, 2017) Satan could be from Atlanta and he would get a record deal. That’s how hot that city is right now for hip hop. This is a single and Mr. Gifted has some nice skitter in the beats and mad bounce in the bass but he also sports a mainstream sound and a kinda friendly flow. Kinda friendly as he’s definitely for young kids with that potty mouth and he aspires to a lot of stuff and a lot of women. Beats and bass win here.
@@@ Com Truise: Iteration (Ghostly, 2017) I follow Ghostly on the Twatter but I didn’t see this new release. I would call this electronic arena rock as the main voices are synths but the big drums and the overall feel is one of epicness. Let’s see what some of the other tracks hold for us. The second tune Ephemeron is not as epic, it’s an inflated early hip hop kind of sound with a fatty fat (but not hip hop) bass and a lot of delayed synth sound ping pong-ing around. I don’t love the beats or the synths — I guess folks is mad ’80s retro and eat this corn up big time but it’s not for me.
YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 211
Not good music: 145
Honorable Mentions: 4
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