@@@ Band Apart: Band Apart (Crammed, 2019) I usually turn to Crammed Discs for super hot African music including Konono No. 1 and Acid Arab which is a very underrated record. This is on the rock tip and I’m seeing it originally came out in the early ’80s. It’s pretty good rock with a female singer, it’s got some outdated sounds, but the energy is tight and it has more depth to it than a lot of rock. The title track (clipped below) is tense and kraut-y and I like this music. I don’t like it as much as Konono No. 1 and Acid Arab but that’s comparing oranges to African apples. If you’re a young hipster check it out to realize how much recycling goes on in music.
@@@ Black Pumas: Black Pumas (ATO, 2019) Some sort of soul music off this week’s All Music notable release email. It comes out retro as bell bottom jeans in the first tune Black Moons Rising. All analog from what I can tell, no chopped up beats and thick synth bass sounds. I can go either way so I’m not judge-y. The singer is super flavorful with a classic yearning soul voice. No James Brown/Sharon Jones gravelly funk, this gent is smooth. I like rough or smooth, so I’m not judge-y. The second tune opens up with an interesting acoustic guitar figure. I find myself listening to the organ player a whole bunch, he/she really swells up and fills the tunes with a classic organ sweet filling. The lyrics are mostly concerned with racial justice for black folks, which I support and am happy to listen to. I could use a coupla party tracks at the front of the record, but that’s just me. Excellent sounds, great voice on the singer and funky playing.
YTD recordings listened to: 320
Good music, not list worthy: 190
Not good music: 112
Honorable Mentions: 0
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