Music for 9/17/19!!! Sampa the Great, Cold, FKA Twigs

@@@ Sampa the Great: The Return (Ninja Tune, 2019)  Alternative rap off this week’s All Music notable release email.  The record opens with a tune called Freedom, and it’s closer to Prince than hip hop.  Sampa hits the mic and she has an unusual voice, pleasant but unusual.  As you would expect from a tune called Freedom the lyrics are uplifiting.  After an interlude that I skipped Sampa heads to some more hip hop related sounds.  Quick on the mic and a more stripped arrangement.  She keeps rapping about the industry which is fine but not common.  I’m going to tip out after this tune The Grass is Greener.  I like the sounds but the sounds are closer to being a full band record and I guess I’ve grown to like the modern produced American hip hop of all flavors.  I’m not a diehard American but I think the brothers and sisters here do it best.  Just my opinion.

@@@  Cold: The Things We Can’t Stop (Napalm, 2019)  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  After a weird 53 second intro the album commences for real and it’s very polished mainstream hard rock.  I’ll hang a bit but this isn’t really my bag.  Super clean production with a serious singer, arena rock drum sounds.  It’s a bit too polished and mainstream for my taste.  As always, check for yourself.

@@@ FKA Twigs (featuring Future): Holy Terrain (Young Turks, 2019)  A collaboration between the artsy moper Fucka Twigs and Future, a voice from somewhere in the hood with this pre release single.  I’m more than a little interested in hearing Future team up with Ms. Twigs.  It’s hip hop arrangement with a little Laurie Anderson and a little glitch tossed in.  She gets all up high and shit and I kinda dig it which is unusual as I’m not a Twigs fan.  The tune becomes less interesting when Future hits the mic as it’s a typical match of voice with beats whereas she does something wackier.  It’s not pants shitting material but better than I expected.

YTD recordings listened to: 475
Good music, not list worthy: 289
Not good music: 159

Best: 0
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, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin

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