@@@ J Balvin and Bad Bunny: Que Pretendes (UMG, 2019) A surprise collaboration between two big Latin names. I would guess part of the deal is to try to get the title of Jam of the Summer. The arrangement is slick and some of the pulsating/breathing keyboard sounds seem straight off 6Lack’s debut record. The beats are pretty standard reggaeton and they’re good. I think these guys are more for the ladies as they emphasize loverboy feels in their delivery. What some may hear as sexy can be heard as sleepy and uninspired by others. It’s not going to make my summer jam of the year partly because I don’t get any of these lyrics (#ignorantgringo), but just hearing the music I don’t jump. This is the #1 track in the Apple Music hot tracks section.
@@@ Foxwarren – Foxwarren (Arts & Crafts) Some faded indie I got to from a CFUV weekly playlist email from earlier in the year. It’s like a Beach Boys record where the singer has a weird, mouth full of marbles sound to his voice. A lot of vocal tracks for comfort, it’s basically a mopey feelings jam. I dig the dude’s voice and hate it at the same time, both distracting and fascinating. The playing is a mostly indie with some classic rock elements to it. I like the bass player here, he’s really catching my ear. The arrangements are focused and stripped down — I don’t find them to be emotionally compelling for me but check them for yourselves. You might love it.
YTD recordings listened to: 324
Good music, not list worthy: 193
Not good music: 113
Honorable Mentions: 0
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