@@@ J.T.C.: Indigo, Flesh and Fire (Spectral/Ghostly, 2019) I got to this dance EP via a twat on the Twatter. It opens up briskly with drum machine hi hats slicing over that four on the floor kick drum. It drops out for a bit then comes back ginsu knife style. A very small piece of chopped up sample vocal sits underneath the drums. Lots of filtering eq thickening and sharpening the groove. I like the energy, I could use a bit more and call me a slut I don’t care. The second tune, Varastride, mixes in a high action (and delayed) keyboard part that drives and enhances the rhythm. This tune I feel a lot more, it’s pumpin’! If you’re looking for some high octane, quietly trippy techno this EP will mess with your head and get yer feets movin’.
@@@ Sammus: Pieces in Space (Don Giovanni, 2016) I got to this hip hop record via a gig announcement email from an upstate NY media collective. Put out by an independent label, I give props to them for putting out an indie hip hop label. It’s headed by an Afro-American female MC and she’s working with somewhat retro beats and sounds. Lyrics are concious and uplifting with moderate levels of verbal jousting. This second tune, Comments Disabled, has some really sweet spaced out sounds to go with her rhymes about gamergate where male gamers were threatening and harassing female video game players. It’s a cool topic for a track. I like the sounds, the beats are okay (could be a bit funkier if you ask me and nobody is), and she’s good MC. I would think old school hip hop fans could really groove on this.
@@@ Taylor Swift: Lover (UMG, 2019) Oh boy, the day is upon us as Tay Tay drops another full length biscuit on the masses. This is a pre-release single, though it’s pre release only by a few days. It’s a lush ballad with very little, if any, original elements in the composition. Sorry little Tay Tay lovers it’s just true. It’s clear that Swift is much more comfortable with this cheesed out balladry than she was on her last outing which I found cringe worthy club music trying way too hard. A sophisticated listener would have to find these lyrics somehow interesting as the music is high end cliche. Swift’s core skill remains, in my humble opinion, her ability to remain bonded with her fans. Her music, well that’s not nearly as sophisticated as her star-fan relationship skills. The same could be said for Beyonce.
YTD recordings listened to: 433
Good music, not list worthy: 262
Not good music: 146
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe