Music for 11/22/19!!! mmmonika, Never Weather, Soweto Kinch

@@@ mmmonika: I Can’t (Youth Biking Global, 2019)  I got to this boy band with a darker message tucked into their music via a music publicist email.  I would not count myself as a huge boy band listener, in fact I hate boy bands and the format thereof, but I’m interested in seeing if this sophisticatedly undercover dark message is indeed happening in this song.  I associate boy bands with Disney and I think of the Disney contribution to American culture as dark and mindless.  It’s not a straight boy band format, it’s a combo of some indie sounds, a little dancefloor with boy band vocals over the top.  I’m not hearing that message which the PR folks sent my way.  I like the musical arrangement more than I thought and the singing is better than expected.  They do talk repeatedly about being sad a lot in the lyrics but there’s nothing here lyrically that seems at all sophisticated.  It’s an indie pop song with some dancefloor, period.

@@@ Never Weather: Never Catch Up (Ridgeway, 2019) A pre-release straight jazz tune I got to via a music publicist.  It pops out of the gate with a brisk energy, a dual trumpet and sax horn attack rocking some intricate melodic figures, and moments of electric guitar (unusual!!).  Other instruments include bass and drums.  A lengthy and tasty trumpet solo follows a briefer bass solo and this track is a blend of swinging and a lot of melodic horn playing.  It steps down for a slower sax solo about two thirds of the way through and I like the drop in swinging before they go out strong.

@@@ Soweto Kinch: The Black Peril Clips (N/A, 2019)  I saw this British sax player featured in the Guardian and scrounged around for this recent clips track.  This track is not up on Apple Music but they have it on the ol’ GooglePimpTube.  Here we have a few little tastes of a large ensemble record with strong black history influences.  It may actually be part of a play I’m not sure, but there are all manner of styles included in this brief clip — some New York style orchestral almost free jazz, some hip hop flavors, hand drumming which changes the tone of a record and some bluesier and straight jazz business.  I would check out more as it sounds authentic and heartfelt to my ears (I know that’s a problematic word).  So this work which commemorates a 1919 race riot in the United States will be premiered early next year and I would definitely listen to more.

YTD recordings listened to: 613
Good music, not list worthy: 366
Not good music: 206

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, Loscil, The Good Ones

 

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