This record is off an All Music notable release email from last fall. I save them and check them out a bit after release date. Africa Express is a UK non profit bringing African and Western musicians. Great, but thus far I’m not into the tunes. The second tune, The City, is a world music electro with an emphasis on South African flavors. There are a lot of musicians up in this record and I find that a bit disorienting. I like some of the sounds but overall it’s not really my thing.
I’m a fan of Mello Music Group and I try to check out their releases if I have the time. Kool Keith is super old school and these tracks are decidedly and proudly retro. Track Two, Foot Locker is a refreshing change in attitude and sound from today’s menacing trap. Oh no, quite pornographic, get ready for that level of detail as he gets quite intimate with a female employee at Foot Locker. Kool Keith is a nut with titles such as Graceland and Holy Water and he seems quite interested in tight pants in his vicinity.
I don’t know how Apple Music has this slotted as alternative and All Music has it as Alternative Rap. It’s pop and the deception is noted what a load of shit business that can’t describe its own product accurately. I’m guessing it is the justified sense of shame in trafficking in this sort of shopping mall shit that leads music execs to relabel pop cheese as alternative rap. Dirtballs.
Four Tet: Baby (Text, 2020) Four Tet up on the Apple Tracks in near the top! It’s a stripped down/chopped up techno dancefloor banger with a little glitter sauce up on there. The song title and the vocals center around a vocal phrase that gets chewed up in the middle and then served over lush keyboard sounds. It’s all right, not jump up and down material but it’s well put together and focused. It segues to bird chirps and a babbling stream which is a bit odd before it goes back to the core. Let’s call that a tinkle break!
YTD recordings listened to: 69
Good music, not list worthy: 38
Not good music: 29
Honorable Mentions: 0
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