@@@ Rico Nasty: Sugar Trap 2 (Sugar Trap, 2017) Do you love the trap music? I do! I mean the lyrics are mad stupid but it’s funky and has a good dose of cough syrup and/or weed to trip things out nicely. How could I not listen to a record by someone named Rico Nasty? That’s fucked up yo. I found this record in the new release section of Apple Music. I gotta thing for these potty mouth female rappers — I find it entertaining. This girl is all over these other bitches and dogging them for working at 7-11. I wouldn’t confuse this record with John Lennon’s Imagine, this is a record of folks going for the loot and fighting anybody in their way. I’m going to exit after this third tune which I thought was going to be sweet until she stepped and said ‘this ain’t no motherfucking playground.’ Oh my, this is not for the sensitive folks out there.
@@@ Ne Obliviscaris: Urn (Season of Mist, 2017) Some proggy heavy metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. Notable!! This is a record that is supposed to be a mash of various styles including jazz and prog. Not usually my thing but I go in with an open mind. This first tune opens up a little noodle-y before they get into the mathy bash. This is super epic (more epic than epic) and I guess they rock a an big singer as well as an orc who has just made his appearance. There are two almost 10 minute jams on this record and the opener is one of them. Let’s peep more. The second tune is a classical folk thing with violin and steel string guitar. The third tune is an 11 minute monster shot and it’s all right. I struggle with the super clean metal as I prefer the stuff that is a hot mess. Super high level playing for metal nerds!!!
@@@ Maston: Tulips (Phonoscope, 2017) Some indie rock off this week’s All Music notable release email. Notable!! It opens chill and twee with some shiny guitar and flute (guess?) I like it all right but it would be great if it was more than a sonic vibe. I think this is an instrumental record — it sounds like a bunch of hipsters bought some Martin Denny or old school pre-lounge lounge music and then decided to rock a record around the concept. The organ player has come swelling on this third tune so I think I may actually may know what I’m talking about here. A rarity indeed.
@@@ Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep (Freestyle, 2017) I got to this r&b record also off the All Music notable release email. Notable!! I’ve heard this jazz sax player’s music before but not with a singer and not with this sound/vibe in operation. I tend to prefer the fire jazz so while I appreciate some of the sounds here, particularly the bass, the playing is just a tad slack and doobie-ish for my taste. The tune clipped below is one that features the singer. Pine’s tone is super warm and inviting but it’s too quiet storm for me.
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Honorable Mentions: 7
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