@@@ A Boogie wit da Hoodie: Say A’ (N/A, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s rocking an upbeat flow while rhyming about being stopped by the police. It’s a cousin to DRAM’s tune Broccoli from last summer. The tune turns itself over both musically and lyrically and I find that pleasing and creative. The piano hook is mad catchy but the slideshow of beats and the arrangement gives the tune body. This is a fat track so it goes to the top of the reviews.
@@@ Roger Harvey: When the Lights Come Up (Chunksaah, 2017) A pre-release single that I got to via a music publicist. It’s a ’70s soft rock inspired tune with a straight rock beat and a plethora of guitars. The main vibe here is one of fatigue and longing tinged with sadness. I’m giving this tune a second listen and it’s a slack version of something you might hear from that Roy Orbison/Tom Petty project from back in the day. Straight rock with some literate lyrics.
@@@ l’rain: l’rain (Astro Nautico, 2017) An electronic record this week’s CFUV playlist email. This first tune is a lush New Age r&b kinda jam with lots of ooh/ah vocals, pillowy synths. Other notable musical components include the clean guitar playing focusing on single line melodies and the female singer with her attendant background vocals. Of which there is a plethora. The drummer pumps some funk but not George Clinton over the top. It’s not really an electronic record, I got that wrong. It’s a band record with some synths and a high minded r&b approach.
@@@ Big Brave: Ardor (Southern Lord, 2017) I go out of my way to check out Southern Lord releases as they’ve put many records in my ‘collection’. I saw this record in the loud section on the CFUV playlist email. The record consists of three long ass jams that total 40 minutes so that tells me the pace will be slow. The first tune comes out with the guitar squall mingled with a slow riff and lots of drum toms. And up jumps the female singer — that’s unexpected and a welcome unpredictable move. She’s not shrieking like a stuck pig, it’s actual singing as if it were not such a metallic backdrop. Let’s peep some more. The second tune includes a slowly bowed cello and it almost comes off as a lovelorn tune, something the metal genre does not dabble in much. Points for mashing shit up! Excellent bass tone, feedback guitars, bashy drums and a singer.
YTD recordings listened to: 632
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 339
Not good music: 267
Honorable Mentions: 6
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