@@@ Black Mountain: Destroyer (Jagjaguwar, 2019) I remember these dudes from a while back. In this first tune they take their ’70s riffmongering and swirl in some ’80s influences — a synth melody here and there and a little bit of Styx Kool Aid. Not a great sign but I skipped to the second tune which has more riffs but has a robot voice. I don’t dislike it greatly but the addition of prog pretension and synths isn’t welcome to my ears. Of course I have the ears of an ignoramus so if this sounds like your cup of stank get up on it!
@@@ Khruangbin: Hasta El Cielo (Dead Oceans) These guys took one of their record from 2018 and dubbed it. A nice and creative move and this first tune works pretty well as a dub. The basslines aren’t traditional dubwise but the spirit is there and I dig it. The second tune sports a funkier bass line and some occasional pieces of guitar come floating through. However the bass remains the driver here. The uptempo third tune Mary Always (clipped below for your earhole convenience) is the best of what I heard.
@@@ Jeezy ft. Meek Mill: MLK BLVD (Def Jam/UMG, 2019) You claim you’re real but you’re rollin’ fake! That’s how this trap bomb opens up with the skitter and the fat dude bass. Oh, he’s talking smack to everyone. They want him dead like Malcolm X and he namechecks Rosa Parks in this gangster tune. I can’t say I totally get what he’s on about — I went to Genius and took a look at the lyrics and I can’t say I’ve made much progress. He’s mixing his old school references to MLK and Malcolm X with put downs of Kanye West and Rick Ross and making money and motherfuckers wearing fake Rolex watches. I don’t have time to decipher what might well be nonsense.
YTD recordings listened to: 413
Good music, not list worthy: 249
Not good music: 140
Honorable Mentions: 0
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