Music for 7/30/19!!! Cat in a Bag, Masks, Kevin Gates

@@@ Cat in a Bag: Cat in a Bag (Clean Feed, 2019)  Some ambient tilting jazz out on the Portugese label Clean Feed.  This first track (and it’s a spacious 69 minute record) is slow moving in neither a good or bad way with plenty of snare stick work, cloudy horn blasts and sudden guitar swells of an abstract nature.  The drummer is stealing the show for sure.  From the description at the label website there are two bassists having at it here and the drummer continues to build the energy as the track moves along.  I liked it but skipped ahead to the second song which has much more of a dissatisfied rock tone.  I’m most impressed by the drummer followed by the bass player(s) and I could use some more flash out of the horn and guitar player.  I dig the bridges they’re trying to build with rock and its listeners but I wish I liked the tunes more.

@@@ Masks: In Another Room (Spring Theory, 2019)  I got to this live electronic (oxymoron?) EP via a twat on the Twatter.   The beats have some bounce but it’s a chill-axation situation to be sure.  Definitely for drinks with umbrellas and people who wear pricy scents after they wash their bodies and do their hair.  Freaks.  The second tune, In Another Room, is funkier and I dig it more.  The third tune takes a bit to get going but it does sport a classic unt-sss drum sound with a little tom action and a lot of piano vamping.  I like this all right but it’s mostly for the corporate types who need to keep their hair unmussed.

@@@ Kevin Gates: Facts (Breadwinners Association, 2019)  Some hip hop off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It opens up with a signature keyboard hook before the trap beats erupt and he gets into his definition of facts which is very interesting considering the Trump/fake news situation.  Gates has a very strong voice, not quite Chuck D but let’s just say it’s the opposite of buttery Drake.  If he has a problem he’s gonna show up strapped.  He does continue to delineate the difference between an authentic or real n*gga and a fake.  The trippy sample/figure is my favorite component of the song.  I like his tone and his rhythmic flow on the mic while I don’t find the lyrics to be particularly catchy.

YTD recordings listened to: 387
Good music, not list worthy: 230
Not good music: 135

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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