@@@ Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings (Sony, 2019) I’m sure most folks didn’t see the NY Times puff piece on him. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Ronson as he’s only a couple of notches above the tragic figure of Calvin Harris. White people trafficking in funk, you must be careful. That’s reverse racist and shit!! After a strings/vocal harmonies intro the title track kicks in and I think it’s gonna be an updated disco biscuit. I wish I was wrong but it is as predicted. It’s not full on disco but despite the attempt at emotional lyrics it’s disco funk and sad disco funk at that. I don’t see how this old school dancefloor banger is going to dislodge the current funky club music. Maybe it’s aimed at the older analog crowd, which I get. The record is stuffed with guest vocalists, even Alicia Keyes, who appears to be the most well known guest. It’s not the most terrible music ever, it’s very predictable and it doesn’t sound particularly inspired. Maybe sad funk is a bit of a dream. Shake your booty through your tears.
@@@ Jane Weaver: Loops in the Secret Society (Fire, 2019) Another record off this week’s All Music notable release email. It opens with tons of vocals, medium processed and stacked. It morphs into a cosmic electro jam with swirling synths, a percussive clock sound and a buildup. I tipped a little over halfway through as the buildup was stalled and I felt like I was in a science fiction movie. I think I’m not super into the beats, they’re far from the funky and more in the video game neighborhood. When the third tune Arrows comes in we get the crowning touch of the New Age angel voice which revolves around the phrase ‘nothing can hurt you’. Not really my thing, but check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 318
Good music, not list worthy: 188
Not good music: 109
Honorable Mentions: 0
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