@@@ Toby Nwigwe: The Originals (Self-released, 2018) I found this Nigerian American hip hop record via a twat by an African musician I follow on the Twatter. He busts out into a smooth dancehall thing in this first tune. Nwigwe is loose and agile on the microphone, I like it. The sounds are a bit above minimal and focused. Tight. His sounds get more familiar in the third tune, THE BLUES, with a trap bass and some skitter. Those sounds sit under his butter smooth flow — he sounds look he could rhyme with one tongue behind his back. I like this and am actually paying attention to the lyrics. I think this record deserves more listening. Check it if you have a phone and some access and can spare a few swipes.
@@@ Kim Gordon: Sketch Artist (Matador, 2019) A pre release single from Gordon’s first solo record. I’ve always been agnostic on Sonic Youth, digging Daydream Nation while not fully understanding the hype surrounding their music. She was my favorite member of the band. I think it’s interesting that she’s gone for a dirty electronic sound — a spiky bass sound, some glitched beats that sound like a loop and her detached, tired voice which has always been her calling card. The tune morphs into a slow space jam with acoustic guitar and feedback. I like the sounds here while the lyrics aren’t really having an impact with me as I don’t understand how they relate to the title. A tune called Sketch Artist can be loose, I get that. Overall more unexpected and interesting than what I thought would happen.
@@@ Pet Fangs: Barbarella (Pet Fangs, 2019) I got to this punk pop track via a music publicist. It’s rooted in the ’80s though it has a lot in common with Urge Overkill from the ’90s (though not as biting). I dislike the snare sound, I like the energy and the singer could have used a large coffee and not a medium. To my ears they are trying to ride the fine line between rocking out and appealing to casual listeners which is always a difficult mission. They do all right with it.
YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not list worthy: 258
Not good music: 145
Honorable Mentions: 0
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