@@@ Empath: Night On Earth (Get Better, 2019) A sexually fluid experimental punk band out of Philadelphia — I think I seen ’em namechecked on the Twatter. Those of you out there thinking this is gonna be some crusty, guitar punk record, well think again you close minded bitches as this is ’80s synth punk. It does have a punky edge as well as a Cure-y edge and this first tune is all right. The second tune, Pure Intent, does ramp up tempo and the rough section cuts and it does indeed have a wild punk stench to it. I like that the singer who sounds mostly freakish takes the roughest moment to pop out some sweetness, it’s an engaging contrast and they do whip quite a shitty and a unique one at that. I should amend the review to state that there are some guitar freakouts/noise to be had here, it’s not as extensive as a traditional punk record but it’s up in there. This is not the kind of record where you talk a lot about the song structures or this sound, it’s an explosion of a certain kind of freak energy that you’re either gonna like or not. I like it, they’re just losing their shit.
@@@ ShittyBoyz BabyTron: Punch God 2 (N/A, 2019) This track is featured on the same Pitchfork Detroit hip hop full length. Thus far these two Detroit tunes share a pleasant roughness that a lot of trap avoids. Mr. ShittyBoyz pulls a sample from an ’80s tune I can’t put my finger on and he just runs his mouth bigly. Lots of rhymes about the ladies and how they do him wrong and how they want to marry him but it’s more the energy here that matters. Using the word street to describe hip hop is a big problem but to say that this lacks a certain corporate shine in favor of big energy and lots of words is an accurate statement. They said something in Pitchfork about some connection to video games with this artist. I didn’t hear that but maybe I missed it or maybe Pitchfork is making shit up, it happens yo.
@@@ Icewear Vezzo & Babyface Ray: Champions (Iced Up/Wavy Gang, 2019) A Detroit hip hop track I got to via the mighty indie sword called Pitchfork. Recently purchased by Conde Nasty, a huge publishing company, but indie nonetheless and details my neezies, details! They take a Queen piano and Freddie Mercury from that cheese ass anthem We are the Champions and throw some booty bass under it and hit the rhymes. It is a boast track mostly about money and ghetto business but the juxtaposition of that and the Freddie Mercury sample is pretty creative.
YTD recordings listened to: 442
Good music, not list worthy: 268
Not good music: 149
Honorable Mentions: 0
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