@@@ Benin City: All Smoke, No Fire (Moshi Moshi, 2018) A pre-release electronic single off the Line of the Best Fit tracks of the week. Ah, after a somewhat menacing British MC, some hip hop skitter breaks out. It’s hard to say if this is hip hop or not but I do appreciate that this track is about gentrification. You’re flat is in my dancehall, you’re parking in my market, that’s a great line. It’s got a pretty insistent pong keyboard arrangement that drives me a tad crazy and the MC gives way to a singer and then back so it’s got some disorientation built into it, but I dug the spirit.
@@@ Poppy Ajudha: Tepid Soul (Poppy Ajudha, 2017) Another single off the Line of Best Fit. More of a chill track than the first firestarter. Female singer, mellow guitar, trippy keyboard, and a beat that’s a couple of steps above lounge. Soak your hands in my tepid soul, I can’t really get a handle on what that line means as it’s the hook. I’m pretty sure using the word tepid in a vocal hook is not the greatest idea.
@@@ Melis: Parallels (Virtuous Sound, 2017) Serious pop off the same Line of Best Fit tracks of the week. Female singer keeping it trim and together until the exploding slightly kaleidoscopic chorus. More like pop/adult alternative as the cheese factor is there but it’s lower than mainstream pop. Let’s peep a bit more. The second track opens up with piano and more fragile singing. The third track sinks deeper into the bad relationship feelings. This one is for the aggrieved ladies.
YTD recordings listened to: 771
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 413
Not good music: 321
Honorable Mentions: 7
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