@@@ Zr. King: Ships in the Night (N/A, 2019) A pre-release hard rock single I got to via a music publicist. Let’s give this bitch a ride. It opens with a somewhat staggered off kilter power chord/riff combo platter. Comparisons to Led Zeppelin are a stretch and Queens of the Stone Age are a better comparison. I never really grooved on Robert Plant but this somewhat restrained singer does bring the rocking down a couple of notches. If duder was flipping the fuck out on the microphone I would be more liking this. Possibly even bigly. Intentional grammar mistakes hashtag. Some more variation on the guitar riffs would be welcome as well.
@@@ YG: Stop Snitchin’ (Def Jam, 2019) I saw the first two seconds of the video and it puts F**k Slavery up on a black screen but when the tune comes on Apple Music it’s all about snitchin — it’s a rhythmic encantation bitch n*gga, snitch n*gga, ho n*gga, it’s really quite a show. The trap leaning arrangement is tight and catchy but it is really strange and mostly fucked up to connect slavery with snitching to the cops. I would like to have had that explained in more detail but it was little more than the hook bitch n*gga, snitch n*gga, ho n*gga. Catchy as fuck but also very….well check it for yourself.
@@@ Flying Lotus: Takashi (Warp, 2019) Flying Lotus up on the Apple Music hot tracks! Imagine that. I’ve always felt Flying Lotus is overrated but I’m able to be convinced. Here he sheds the abstract electronica for a caffeinated booty jam. He continually accelerates the tempo of the keyboard stuffed track til it’s hyper funk. Impressive as a technical work of music making, not as much for listeners. I guess if you’re into proggy sounding funk then this would make you shit your pants. I move to the next tune unsoiled. It also could be shorter, possibly much shorter.
YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not list worthy: 132
Not good music: 78
Honorable Mentions: 0
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