@@@ Baloji: 137 Kaniama (Bella Union, 2018). Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. Some Congotronic African music via Belgium. This first tune emphasizes complex vocal arrangements over the grit of Konono No. 1 distorted thumb piano and a generally more driving sound. The second tune dabbles in the sweeter side of African music with an updated high life sound. I like it all right but I prefer funk over sweetness in my African music. It’s also a bit too shiny in the production for my taste.
@@@ Garotas Suecas: Futuro Do Preterito (Vampisoul, 2018). A Brazilian funk outfit I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. It’s an old school funk outing with an emphasis on instruments and not on electronic sounds. I like the guitar playing and hand drumming as one would expect from a rhythmic powerhouse society such as Brazil.
@@@ Andy Mineo: I the Arrow (Reach/Miner League, 2018) Some hip hop off the Apple Music hot tracks section. This first tune opens up with a sung old school vibe though the record is slotted as a hip hop thing. Ah, there’s the MC and he’s all right. The arrangements are an interesting combination of organic and glitched up sounds. I like the sounds a whole bunch and went to All Music to see what’s up with this MC to see that he’s a Christian rapper. Propaganda is about as much Christian hip hop I can take.
@@@ LIMBS: Father’s Son (UNFD, 2018). A post hardcore outfit I got to via the Apple Music genre pages. After a sort of epic first tune, they get into some art school post metallic post hardcore. The singer is melodic and at the end of his rope which lessens the roughness of the tunes. On the whole it’s an energetic outfit but it comes off a bit lightweight compared the heaviness of Pig Destroyer or early Converge. Everything sounds good, I guess I’m tilted a bit against the singer.
YTD recordings listened to: 231
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 122
Not good music: 101
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz