Music for 11/18/19!!! Keyah/Blu, Peng Ting, Maija Sofia

@@@ KEYAH/BLU: Choker (Keyah/Blue, 2019) I got to this London artist via a music magazine called Crack.  She is being namechecked alongside Frank Ocean.  It is slotted as hip hop on Apple Music and while it sports a funky beat, the breathy vocals and the pleasantly odd vocal stacks take it out of the hip hop neighborhood pretty quickly.  She also pops in a glitched and chopped section where the whole song stutters.  That catches my ear.  When she starts rhyming you know how I feel?  Like she shouldn’t!  But that’s just me.  She totally should rhyme but it’s not my cup of tea.  She only rhymes for a quick minute and moves back to half sung mode.  I like the beats, I like some of the vocals but I never got pulled into the track.

@@@ Greentea Peng: Downers (Different Recordings, 2019) I got to this sultry psychedelic soul singer via the Line of Best Fit.  I don’t know where Ms. Peng is from but she has a unique vocal inflection.   A world music sounding string sample that could be from any number of places drives the non-beat portion of the track.  It’s not a pick me up track as she’s been taking a lot of downers and wasting time getting high.  She resides in the UK but you can see from the video below she’s not a fish and chip eating Boris Johnson frat boy.  I like what she does but I’ve heard various trip hop versions of this approach.  I could use something that stands out a bit more to differentiate it.  She also wears the vocal hook out a bit.

@@@ Maija Sofia:  The Glitter (Trapped Animal, 2019)  A female, Dublin based singer also encountered on the Line of Best Fit email.  Right from the first measure you can hear this is gonna be an alt-country-ish heart string puller.  Lots of depth to the sounds, very Daniel Lanois-esque in its stylings.  She has a distinct Irish lilt to her voice and the vocal hook revolves around remembering how they danced through the glitter.  Indeed it’s about a romance in the past.  Because the tune doesn’t have a drumkit or percussion the whole tune has a floating feel to it, partially because the sounds (especially the slide guitar) are so huge and cloudy.  I like the sounds more than the lyrics but I do like the delivery.  Check for yourself, I’m just one dude running a music blog that sounds like the title of a porn flick.

YTD recordings listened to: 601
Good music, not list worthy: 359
Not good music: 203

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, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog


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