@@@ Nick Jonas and Robin Schulz: Right Now (Island, 2018). A Drake/Bieber style panty quaker off the Apple Music hot tracks section. Breathy vocals and he needs you in his bed. A slightly Caribbean beat, some synth melodies, hottie on the mic, boom! That’s money yo.
@@@ Logic: The Return (Def Jam, 2018) Logic goes roughneck as he moves off the dance floor. The beats are retro, there’s no trap grit in the house and there’s a surprisingly sweet bit of melody to go with the beat. The MC is all right, no great shakes. No Pusha T on the mic for sure. I made it about 2.5 minutes which is pretty good from where I’m sitting.
@@@ Disclosure: Where Angels Fear to Tread (Island, 2018). Let’s stay mainstream in the Apple Music hot tracks section. Opens up lounge-y with a stacked vocal melody over a breezy unt-sss. This is for women in big high heels and their men who are stuffed into their blazers and leisure pants. Maybe on a boat ride with a drink with an umbrella. Or maybe a good soundtrack to torture innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib. I kid, I kid, let’s keep it light. A few spaceship bleeps, some filtering, a string arrangement and hand claps. Put the meat on the barbie, the handclaps are out!
YTD recordings listened to: 498
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 261
Not good music: 208
Honorable Mentions: 5
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter