@@@ THE BLASSICS: Togetherings (Odd Funk, 2019) Today’s three listens are from last week’s All Music notable release email. Notable people, notable. This will be another Afrobeat listen on top of yesterday’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble record. It must be Afrobeat season. The record opens up with the tune clipped below, In a Sincere Way, with some horn pumping as well as slashing funky guitar and flute action. This is the full Afrobeat ensemble experience and they are bouncing up and down on this melody pretty hard. The singer comes in humbly and distinctly not American, I dig him. The second tune, Hagerun Geleba, comes out slinkier at a lower tempo but with solid band energy. It’s an 11 minute banger so it’s gonna go slow. I had to check out the fourth tune, Why is the Chicken Running, as it’s a very pertinent question for today’s world. I can’t answer and I won’t hold these guys and gals responsible for answering such a difficult question. The song is almost two thirds over before the singer comes on and he’s not singing so the question of why the chicken is running does not look like it’s going to be answered by this record. Great title though, and I liked the first track clipped below best of what I heard.
@@@ Allah-Lahs: Lahs (Mexican Summer, 2019) The first tune on this record (that I got to via the All Music notable release email, every week!) takes an indie vibe and lovebabies it with a Doors-era like jam. So a bit twee, just a bit, and a lot of older ’60s hippie vibes. Hmmm, I never liked the hippies. The vocalizing here is closer to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young than the messianic Jim Morrison. Though it only weighs in at 4 minutes it does have a full jam quality, guitar solo included. The second tune, Keeping Dry, heads out of old hippie land and gets into a mathy, twee thing. The singer sounds like an awfully friendly kinda fella and it’s a comforting listen for sure. Taking two genre formulas that I struggle to like and smashing them together is a tough one for me, but as I always say I’m an idiot and check it for yourself.
@@@ Danny Brown: uknowwhati’msayin? (Warp, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’ve checked out Brown’s music before but I can’t say I know a lot about his story. This first tune Change Up comes off Spaghetti Western/Hip hop with a tremolo-y guitar and Brown’s distinctive tone on the microphone. If Brown’s music is not left field hip hop what is? In this second tune he’s got loops of whispers, a screechy violin sample, and a voice that sounds like it’s coming out of a jail. The third tune, Dirty Laundry, is sonically rich and you have to be somewhat deaf to hear that Brown has been making music for a long ass time. Superior arrangements, it’s up to whether you dig Brown and his lyrics as to how deep you’ll get into his music. Or maybe you think hip hop is only for gangster business. I think he’s awesome and his could give a fuck approach on the microphone contrasts with the tightness of the sounds. The fourth tune with Run the Jewels is one of the first (if not the first) Run the Jewels tune I’ve felt. Imma circle back on this.
YTD recordings listened to: 548
Good music, not list worthy: 325
Not good music: 187
Honorable Mentions: 0
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