@@@ Future: Extra Luv (Epic, 2017) I know Future is crazy popular but I don’t get it myself. This is a midtempo club banger celebrating Future’s lifestyle — lots of ladies, some gun play. If he’s to be believed he’s fornicating quite frequently. The raw rhymes with the friendly club sounds is kind of jarring. It’s from a full length but I don’t think I’ll be peeping it. He sounds crazy drunk in this track and this isn’t particularly compelling rhyming though it does appear he has a fat lifestyle.
@@@ MisterWives: Connect the Dots (Republic, 2017) I got a follow from a music blog called indieentry and that site had reviewed this record. This is on Republic/UMG, a big corporate ass label and this first tune reflects their values. A manicured sound, very loudly compressed, and an emphasis on technical issues over emotions. Let’s peep a couple more examples of this group, which is a large band with horns that is somewhat pop and rocks a bit. The second tune is an upbeat ’80s influenced guitar pseudo rocker and I would rather have a boiled ginger ale enema than being on the receiving end of this depressing lilt. This is for suburban pillhead housewives to put a coat of whitewash on their empty lives. I’m dancing as fast as I can motherfucker!
@@@ Lobo Marino: Mulberry House (Self-released, 2017) A self-released string record that I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email. Opens up with a female singer and some mandolin. These first tracks have more than a schmear of dour which is fine. I like this second tune, which has a significant drone element and a pretty melody. It’s got its share of New Age lyrics, which is a problem for me as I’m emotionally dead inside.
@@@ Kyo Itachi: Benkai Beat Tape (Modulor, 2017) Ten songs in 16 minutes by a Japanese hip hop producer. Mostly a vintage ’90s hip hop sound with some Japanese vocal samples. I’m concluding from the GooglePimp (where I gather snippets for unto you) that this is a re-issue from 2010. Just the facts. It’s cool that these are quickies, commando style hip hop moments with a little Japanese flavoring. It’s a good peep for hip hop instrumental listeners. I prefer it to listening to Future’s Penis Adventures, which I’m sure are quite compelling (mostly for Future’s Penis). Sometimes a break from the rhymes can be quite refreshing.
YTD recordings listened to: 420
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 232
Not good music: 168
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda