@@@ Nasty Cherry: Season 1 EP (Warner, 2019) These first two listens are from the Line of Best weekly email. This EP is connected to some show on Netflix so there’s the marketing there. The first tune comes out as a hard bite on the early Controversy-era Prince sound. I’m not sure I could sleep at night if I bit it this hard. The second tune, Music with your Dad, switches the sound to a more mainstream electronic with no funk aspirations. From where I’m listening I’m guessing these gals aren’t musicians or they aren’t experienced musicians and a bunch of corporate music types (my fucking favorite kind of music person) is giving the marching orders here. Do what I say and you’ll be famous!!!! Yes sir. Unfortunately the music is xeroxed trash. Sometimes in life you gotta call a garbage can a garbage can. It’s trash because it’s so empty of any genuine emotion or connection.
@@@ Girl Ray: Girl (Moshi Moshi, 2019) Oh Lord it’s gonna be a rough listen day. Apparently these gals went from indie pop to straight pop and I’m hearing some vanilla ass Lionel Ritchie shit. Oy, what a shonda! Not quite as calculated as the previos record but there is something about the craven lack of spontaneity and humanity in much of today’s music that makes me feel it’s not only not art, it’s the work of a fascist aesthetic. The band assembled these in competent manner but there’s a coolness and aloofness to the pop which I find unappealing.
@@@ LSDXOXO: Burn the Witch (Independent, 2019) I saw this queer hip hop artist profiled on Crack Magazine but I can’t hit you with his latest single, Bed Rest, but this track is about a year old. The sounds presented here are mostly upbeat dancefloor with some retro hip hop rhyming going on. It’s an exhortation to get sweaty and move the body out on the dancefloor. As it’s dance business the focus here is on the groove and building it rather the verse/chorus, verse/chorus. It’s not as pornographic and shocking as I expected it to be but it’s a solid track.
YTD recordings listened to: 616
Good music, not list worthy: 368
Not good music: 207
Honorable Mentions: 0
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