@@@ Tough Age: Unclean (Mint, 2017) Take the Violent Femmes, give them a Red Bull enema and a gal as the singer and voila, this record. Also plenty of Ramones mustard floating around. The second tune takes it down a notch with the same sounds while the third tune is more epic and longer with less manic and more dreamy indie guitar rock stylings. It’s just a three pack so there it is!
@@@ Moor Mother & Mental Jewelry: Crime Waves EP (Don Giovanni, 2017) Off the hip hop section of the CFUV weekly playlist email. It’s left field to be sure with plenty of echo and a chopped vibe to the sounds. The MC is gritty with some weirdness which goes with the unusual sounds. The second tune is a post-apocalyptic cough syrup jam with a low barely percussive loop and plenty of low frequency swirl and loads of reverb on the MC’s voice. This second tune is called Death Booming so the sounds match the vibe here. I couldn’t peep the third tune due to interwebz issues but this fourth tune is a continuation of a dark post-industrial sounds though I’m catching more political lyrics. Check it if you’re hanging at home blasted out on Oxycontin and waffles.
@@@ Haviah Mighty: Flower City (Self-released, 2017) A more standard and self-released hip hop record also off this week’s CFUV weekly email. On this first track a female MC mixes her rhymes with synth-y, clubby sounds, skittery beats and well crafted bass grizzle. I prefer the rhymed sections to the sung sections and if you dig the rhyming/singing combo platter and synth based hip hop works for you check her out.
YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 235
Not good music: 172
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