@@@ Mary Elaine Jenkins: Hold Still (Good Child Music, 2018) I got to this ‘modern yet timeless singer songwriter’ via a music publicist. The first tune, The Rooster, is a full band twangy tune with a lot of percussion serving as a hook. It’s a pretty familiar arrangement. I don’t know if I misread the promo email or the record has been mislabeled but this is a blues rock record sporting Jenkins’ thick and slightly husky voice. The lyrics center around the rottenness of men which would be standard for the blues.
@@@ Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino, 2018) I got to this record via the CFUV weekly playlist email. This is blurbed on Apple Music as a look at black depression as well as the anxieties of queer people/people of color. I’m a little shocked at the first tune as I think of Domino as one of the least funky labels going. The tune, Orlando, comes out slinky and modern with punchy and funky keyboard sounds. Puff Daddy and A$AP Rocky both make guest appearances on this record which is strange. The second tune, Saint, is a full blown gospel tinged anthem — I’m not sure why this record isn’t on an American label releasing black music but I guess that’s not the business here. I think the record gets a little lost in the vocal arrangements but Puff Daddy busts mad yos on his appearance and lets the female singer do the singing.
@@@ Billly Moon: I’ll Push the Pedals and You Steer EP (Graham Caldwell, 2017) I saw a new record listed on the CFUV weekly playlist email but this 2017 EP is up on the Apple Music. The first tune busts out with some sloppy ass Replacements guitar blasting with glam rock vocals over that. Moon tosses big time classic rock vocal hooks regardless of musical arrangement. It’s not what I’m most looking for in a record, but many many singers try to throw the hooks and come up empty so it’s an impressive piece of work.
@@@ $uicideBoy$: I Want to Die in New Orleans (G*59 Records, 2018) This hip hop record is one of the new releases scrolling new music banner on Apple Music. I’m expecting a trap affair with plenty of props for New Orleans. This first tune is notable for the half sung rhymes and the vibe is depressive for sure. I like the keyboard figure on this first tune, it really burrows into your brain. I’m most interested in the keyboard arrangements, the vocals after that, and the beats least of all. The fact that they do some white people emo style singing is interesting while not putting the record over the top.
YTD recordings listened to: 526
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 277
Not good music: 218
Honorable Mentions: 5
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