@@@ Calligraphist: Dinamo (Self-released, 2018) I got to this tune from an email from the artist himself who is located in Europe. To my ears this tune blends hip hop and the sounds and vibes of the old school Cali band Sublime. It’s chill and laidback but rhythmically focused. Also with slightly similar guitar work. I like the arrangement and the drum sounds in particular. I’m a bit surprised by the lyrics which are almost lifted from a Romantic poem.
@@@ Habibi: Cardomom Garden (Modern Sky, 2018) I got to this Farsi singing female psych band via the email list of the tres pretentious, dare we say up its own ass?, BK club National Sawdust. I only know what Farsi is as I have a friend who is married to an Indian Parsi — so Parsis are Persians who may or may not have migrated, for example to India. This is pretty entertaining music with some vocals done in English but there’s most definitely an Eastern flavor to the sounds. They sound a little like the Bangles with the jangly guitars and the smooth vocals. It’s not rough teeth grinding psychedelic music. This is a 9 minute EP so it’s not a big commitment, you can take a break from watching Instagram cat videos and check out some new music.
@@@ Sade: Flower of the Universe (Sony Music, 2018) The purveyor of fine lush vibes is back with an unsurprisingly lush track. Unfortunately it’s a Disney soundtrack and I will be upfront — I fucking hate the big Mouse and all his Mousketeer/theme park/weird ass Walt Disney shit. So points off for that. The tune is anchored by acoustic guitar and Sade and background vocals. Now some sparse piano. It’s a super dramatical vibe they’re going for because the Mouse means Business, the Mouse doesn’t fuck around, and Sade’s track for the Mouse is all right.
@@@ Bad Bunny: Dime Se Ti Acuerdas (Rimas, 2018) We’re seeing a lot of Spanish crossover music in the wake of Despacito last summer. Mr. Bunny is coming on full Latin loverboy over, ooh now he’s rhyming, I have no idea what it’s about but it has to involve the ladies. I’ll put money on that shit. He’s got some breathy synths to go with the fat bass and his thick tongued vocal work but this shit has 49 million views on the GoogleTubePimpBox. So this is what a 2018 hit looks like? Yikes. I like the beats and the sounds are all right but Mr. Bunny sounds like, well not a bunny. I don’t dig his voice, but that’s just me and I don’t wear panties. (Except on Fridays when I cruise around the BK in a skirt).
YTD recordings listened to: 141
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 75
Not good music: 63
Honorable Mentions: 3
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