@@@ OSHUN: Stuck (OSHUN, 2019) An Afrofuturist single I got to via an email from an upstate New York media collective. I thought this was a small group as this collective is into underground business but this video has 1.4 million views on the GooglePimp. It opens up with a laidback vibe and a retro sounding beat. It’s a double female operation with lyrics revolving around being stuck and trying to get out of that state of mind. It’s reminiscent of the Fugees and is more of a stream of conciousness vibe than a structured tune. Good for summer.
@@@ The Warp/The Weft: Dead Reckoning (Self-released, 2019) I got to this self released expansive rock record via an email from the group themselves. This first tune is an interesting blend of sounds with a rocking band and pretty retro hippie/prog singer. Oooh, they get into some mathy business halway through the tune. There’s also some prog and pastoral Jethro Tull type rock to be had here. Whether you dig this record depends on how you feel about the singer. He’s super literate and works an uncommon vibe on the microphone. Myself I like it but I’m an open minded listener. The band is tight and they’ve spent some time arranging these tunes. The tones are very nice as well. If you’re up for some slightly to the side rock music check these guys out, they have a lot of sounds packed in here.
@@@ Megan Thee Stallion: Hot Girl Summer (300 Entertainment, 2019) A late entry into the jam of the summer entry. It’s a smooth ass singer with Nikki Minaj and another female rapper who I assume is Megan Thee Stallion. The tune has a slapdash feel to it with some generic keyboard vamps and a few different hip hop appearances thrown over it. My favorite part of the tune is how they keep using a sample of Nikki Minaj saying she’s a ‘real ass bitch’. She’s a got a lot of options cuz she’s got a lot popping. I think this is a weak entry into tune of the summer. Not the weakest but it’s not super catchy, except the ‘real ass bitch’ sample.
YTD recordings listened to: 407
Good music, not list worthy: 244
Not good music: 139
Honorable Mentions: 0
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