@@@ Como Asesinar A Felipes: Elipse (Koolarrow, 2017) I got to this concept record by Latin American musicians via a music publicist email. It consists of two pieces named interior, one named medio, and three with the word exterior in the title. It is listed as hip hop/rap in the Apple Music slotting system but the intro of the first tune features a long sax blast and some Spanish vocalizing. When the band comes in it has a slightly rough prog vibe rather than hip hop. I like the bass tune and the band energy. I’m peeping the third track and I like the varied instrumentation and the instrumentation and the more exploratory rock stylings.
@@@ Sam Smith: Pray (Capitol, 2017) Sam Smith returns with a second slice of romantic ballad cheese for the masses! He’s got the resounding piano chords and the slightly hip skittering high hat. He’s in a bad way visa vis love and maybe he’s gonna have to pray. And right on time comes the church choir. It is building in energy and its cheesy flavors become more pronounced as he becomes more passionate. This is blue/bleu cheese! Part of me prays for this to be over soon as it is the sort of cliche serious tune that turns my stomach more than a bit. My prayers have come true and I survived. Check it out, it’s awesome! This album is not out for another month so there’s plenty of time to get some boots for the tsunami of marketing that will commence in the name of sensitive fella Sam Smith. I pray you all survive.
@@@ Bottin: I Have What I Gave (2MR, 2017) An indie electronic record inspired by late ’70s Italian disco/funk. The opening of the first tune does not evoke that era but I will be patient. I heard the funk on the second half of the first tune but the second tune goes right into it, though it adds a little krautrock vibe, accidentally or not. The singing is indie style, no divas or funky black folks on the mic here. No offense to the effort here but I think I prefer the old school disco that inspired this.
@@@ HoodRich Pablo Juan: Do What I Want to Do (Empire, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. The lyrics are pretty raw towards the women folk while the arrangement sports a weird kinda good/kinda annoying guitar/harp sample. There are multiple MCs in various states of stoned. This may be one of the lowest, flabbiest and fartiest hip hop basses I’ve heard. The vocals crowd the track and I’m not sure it’s great to have the vocal hook be ‘I do whatever I want do’. I know that’s what drives Trump’s toilet tweets, but remember the children! It’s an all right track, C+.
YTD recordings listened to: 656
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 278
Honorable Mentions: 6
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