@@@ San Cha: Capricho del Diablo (Outside Inside, 2018) I saw this Los Angeles based Latinx artist in a music publicist email doing some quarantine multimedia thing but I found this track from last year. It opens with some standard electric indie style guitar before the Mexican elements come in. Ms. Cha has a freight train voice when she wants it to go that way but it is quite tender at the same time. There is no kit drummer, it’s a hand drum and a percussion instrument I can’t recall the name of. There are a couple of background singers joining the lead so it’s a lot of vocals because the lead singer counts as two. This is quite fresh in its way — a bit weird, a bit world, a bit indie lots of clashing that works together. The background singing is particularly freaky in the impression it leaves.
@@@ Alex Weiser: And All the Days Were Purple: 1. My Joy (Cantaloupe Music, 2019) I saw this composer namechecked on an email from adventurous music club Roulette and found this record on Apple Music. These are vocal pieces celebrating Jewish culture in a classical music environment. On this track it’s piano, violin and a female singer (a cello as well I believe) and this is highbrow music for people who own nice suits and have high paying jobs. Very restrained and cultured. It’s nominated for a Pulitzer Prize which doesn’t say much about the Pulitzer as I don’t hear much here that is particularly original or exciting. I want to like it, if you gave me some Stravinsky type shit I would crap myself a brick and get up in here.
@@@ David Walters: Krye Mwen (Heavenly Sweetness, 2020) Some Caribbean music off this week’s All Music notable release email. I don’t think I’ve checked this out yet. It opens up a bit ol’ school r&b, a bit fusion-y, and a bit Caribbean as you would expect. The intro is driven by hand claps and gourd/shaker, but it segues into a full band groove when the drummer enters. It’s thick, not Funkadelic thick but thick and it’s smooth but not too smooth. If you’re looking for some world music inflected groove music this guy lays it down.
@@@ Franck Biyong: Anywhere Trouble (Hot Casa, 2020) Another WRIR weekly playlist email! Updated Afrobeat with a guest singer. A synth bass here, for example, a sound you don’t often hear in Afrobeat. It’s got more of a dancefloor feel than classic swaggering horn driven Afrobeat. I miss Tony Allen! I had to throw that in there. I’ve often commented that Afrobeat with some newer sounds or slight twists would be welcome to my world and I’m feeling the freshness of this. I did a little GooglePimpin’ to find out that Biyong is from Cameroon — Afrobeat originated in Nigeria and I don’t know Cameroon’s historical involvement in classic Afrobeat. I appreciate the dancefloor feel and the layers of percussion here as well as the vocal arrangements which enhance the track. All sorts of little sonic goodies up in here, check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 342
Good music, not list worthy: 178
Not good music: 152
Honorable Mentions: 0
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