@@@ Oli XL: Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer (Bloom, 2019) I saw this record namechecked on the Twatter. Great album title btw. It opens with a flurry of video game squirts and robot talk before it settles into a space age hip hop/r&b with plenty o’ glitch sauce. It’s got some vocal samples that get cycled through it and those change the vibe of the track bigly. I dig the beats on this record and feel that funk-a-fying electronic music is great. Mr. XL still has plenty of ambient sounds and glitched bits flying around the stereo field but it sit atop the hip hop variant beats. The third tune, DnL, is interesting with what sounds like somebody writing on a chalk board, some rising in tone synths, and some space age hink/glitch. The vocal samples keep repeating ‘boring’ and ‘lame’. There are some really cool moments through the first four songs and it’s on the cusp of being circled back upon. This fourth tune, Memitic, is heavy, Imma see if I can clip it up for listeners. Gots it off the GooglePimp, check it, it’s a unique funk.
@@@ Brian Chase: Drums & Drones (Chaikin, 2018) I got to this drum and electronic record via a gig announcement email at the hoity toity BK club National Sawdust. This GooglePimp video is from 2013 but it says 2018 on the Apple music release page so who knows? Google knows best! Mr. Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs who I’m not a super fan of but I thought the idea of making a drone record out of drum sounds is cool. This first tune, Aum drone, is solid without really captivating me. The second half is pretty good, I’m digging it. The pitch on the second track, Drone State of Mind Vol. 1 is higher and though I like what he has going here the sounds is kinda dry and the sounds could use some modulation to them. Modulation is freely available these days. Modulation is a dime a dozen. I like these pieces but I wanted a bit more.
@@@ Lung Dart: As I Lay Drying (Prah, 2016) I got to this record via a twat on Twatter. I thought this was going to be more ambient music but this first tune is a slowed down Nick Cave thing. Super slow and repetitive with a vocal chorus. I’m hoping the second tune will be more compelling for me but it’s an indie version of soft FM rock. Errr. They’ve processed the vocals in the second track (Totem, clipped below) and I like it better but they got one more track to wow me, as if that matters. The same processing follows in what appears to be a piano instrumental called Please Font Worry. I like some of the delays but overall I’m a bit unwowed. Who is better positioned to report on my wow than me? Nobody. You might dig the indie weirdness of this.
YTD recordings listened to: 378
Good music, not list worthy: 225
Not good music: 131
Honorable Mentions: 0
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