@@@ VITTO MEIRELLES: Da Hora (Cooking Vinyl, 2019) A Brazilian musician that I saw on this week’s WRIR playlist email. All three of today’s listens are from that most excellent world music radio station in Virginia. He’s all nude and shit on the cover of the record but that’s his thing, I think it’s weired when anybody gets nude on their record cover. The first tune comes out typically Brazilian with some intricate nylon string guitar and intimate vocals. About halfway through it does change into a dense stew of rhythmic layers and there are some nice ear catching sonic moments in there. I like Brazilian music without loving it but there is some really nice drumming on here and the guitars and vocals have that beautifual and dreamy Brazilian thing going for sure.
@@@ THE AGGROLITES: Reggae Now! (Pirates Press, 2019) Some old school party reggae off this week’s WRIR playlist email. A bit of ska skank bounce. It’s super sweet and dominated by the loverboy vocalist. We’re not talking Burning Spear rasta justice vibes here. I liked Groove Them Move Them the best of what I heard. The band is tight, the sounds are tight but myself I find the concious reggae more satisfying to listen to. If you dig the singer then you’ll love this record. I’m agnostic.
@@@ THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE: Aban (Stonetree, 2019) This is the music of a collective of indigenous people from the Caribbean and Central America. It’s not just a record, it’s about culture and identity. This first tune has tints of Haitian music but not nearly as sweet and it sounds more like a regional Brazilian tune than what I would consider to be typical Caribbean music. It is rhythmically rich with layers of percussion and multiple vocalists. The second tune, Wiya Waist, sports a driving Latin bassline that pushes the tune and there’s some interesting but not super flashy guitar playing going on here. If you are a listener of world music it is completely worth it to check out this mash of regional Caribbean and Central American music cultures, it’s unusual and beautiful.
YTD recordings listened to: 493
Good music, not list worthy: 298
Not good music: 163
Honorable Mentions: 0
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