@@@ Jay Electronica: The Blinding (Roc Nation, 2020) I got to this via the daily email from the Root, though I also got an email from a friend of mine whose cousin wrote a glowing review of this record so it’s blowing up with the hip hop heads. I will say straight up that I fucking loathe Jay Z — he hits a mic all right but I just find him to be a despicable trash ass human so that enters my perception of this record as he’s on almost on every track. Sonically it’s definitely not a trap record but it’s not entirely a retro record either. I find the sounds and the production to be exquisite and interesting. I like Mr. Electronica’s rapping and from what I can tell lyrically the record is a quietly macho black culture celebration. A little like the Black Panther move, that level of drama and celebration — epic shall we say? There’s plenty of religious Muslim references including an intro by Louis Farrakhan which is controversial for some. Right when Jay Z raps ‘I’m a miracle born of imperial features’ yeah well that about says it as far as I’m concerned. Fantastic sounds and arrangments too bad about the Jay-nus, The Hovah Assaholah, the Money Chaser, the Kaepernick Scraper, the Fake Wise Man.
@@@ Magdalena Bay: Stop & Go (Luminelle, 2020) I got to this via the Twatter! Loving the Twatter for sure. This tune is off a new full length indie electronic banger and it’s hipper than a lot of indie disco. I do find these days that I miss the big sound of the diva voice from the classic disco hits. Here the singer is all right but far from being a diva and she makes up for it with a bunch of layered vocal tracks. It’s a decent patch. Myself I would prefer more funk and less pop that’s an ongoing desire of mine. Fewer cornball drum machine sounds and a bit more funk fire. Solid B mostly on the back of the arrangement.
@@@ Disq: Collector (Saddle Creek, 2020) I think of Saddle Creek as the home of retro indie guitar rock. This looks to continue that perception though it appears to be more humorous than what I recall of Saddle Creek releases. There’s some solid but still friendly crunch to the electronic guitars, the vibe is set by the singer and his tone. He’s a bit ironic and not too emo/confessional. A bit slack, a bit ’90s power pop punk — as in melodic vocal hooks. I like the weird ass piano thread that just snaked through the second tune. I’ve heard enough of this formula myself but they do it all right.
@@@ Porridge Radio: Sweet (Secretly Canadian, 2020) More white folks indie! This time more bluster and more downer than that gents above who seem to be somewhat well adjusted. Ms. Porridge Radio is darker and much stormier as she delivers a couple of lines and then blasts out some rock noise. The arrangement is not poppy and not decidely one thing, it’s got a bit of Patty Smith art school drama to it. Just after the 2 minute mark the dam breaks and she and the band fully lose their shit, but whoa not so fast as she’s back to her low volume confessions that revolve around herself and a bit about her mother and some other her out there. A bit overwrought for me but I’m often accused of being dead inside.
YTD recordings listened to: 188
Good music, not list worthy: 107
Not good music: 81
Honorable Mentions: 0
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