@@@ Kevin Abstract: Arizona baby EP (RCA, 2019) There’s been some dudes using hip hop sounds but getting into some non hip hop territory. This tune from the Apple hot tracks section does just that getting into some indie electronic action in the arrangement (including guitars and a saxophone) while he gets a good head of steam going on the microphone over new style but not quite full trap beats. Regular readers know I enjoy a mashed up style if it’s done well and Mr. Abstract is all right at it. I think Abstract is indebted to Andre 3000 of Outkast — he doesn’t bite him but he is inspired by his uniqueness, no holds barred style. This music is not a bullseye for me, but for mainstream music on the hot tracks section it’s pretty interesting. I’m feeling this third tune Georgia the most of what I’ve heard.
@@@ Tame Impala: Borderline (Island, 2019) Super slick indie disco off the Apple Music hot tracks section. Unfortunately, a somewhat so standard it hurts four on the floor beat could use a funk injection. Throw some melancholic falsetto vocals about being in L.A. by yourself and you get #sadface disco biscuit. I like the flute part, real or canned. It’s a bit of a colander of synth spaghetti comprising the mix. I count four or five layers of synth-y goodness. Could use some funk and a more interesting arrangement.
YTD recordings listened to: 194
Good music, not list worthy: 120
Not good music: 67
Honorable Mentions: 0
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