Music for 6/4/19!!! Nine8 Collective, Sacred Paws

@@@ Nine8 Collective: No Smoke (N/A, 2019)  I saw this UK hip hop collective mentioned in a Line of Best Fit email.  Regular readers know I’m not a huge UK hip hop fan but this is better than most.  It’s more trippy than rough I’ve heard at least 4 MCs and I’m about halfway through the tune.  The arrangement is pretty interesting and funky with a highway squirty sound and a nice vocal hook centering around how she don’t need no smoke.  I guess I dig it as it’s closer to r&b/soul than straight hip hop.

@@@ Sacred Paws: Run Around the Sun (Merge, 2019)  Off the same Line of Best Fit email.  It has the great misfortune to be anchored in 1980’s rock sounds.  However, if you’re up for some super upbeat energy these guys will deliver it to you on a shiny platter.  It opens with the tune clipped below.  Oh my, they continue to pump the happy energy on the second tune, Almost It.  I do like the horns on this second track, it gives it an interesting feel but the philosophical question here is can something be too bouncy and too cheery?  I’m saying yes.  I want folks out there to know that I’m not on antidepressants nor have I ever been but this comes to me as just too upbeat.  Mental hospital upbeat, laughing gas upbeat.  I don’t hate it, I just wouldn’t choose it for myself.  I would love to lock the dude from the Cure in a room with this record and watch him shrivel up and disappear.  Fuck.

YTD recordings listened to: 279
Good music, not list worthy: 165
Not good music: 96

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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