Music for 5/15/20!!! Sonic Boom, Samora Pinderhughes, Dua Saleh, Phats

@@@ Sonic Boom: Just Imagine (Carpark, 2020) I got to this track via the weekly reissue email from Stranded Records.  Just so you know if a record label is pressing vinyl the band has a fanbase because pressing vinyl costs a certain amount of money and involves shipping, etc.  It doesn’t mean a band is great but it is a positive sign.  A pre-release track that is up on the Apple Music it’s an ambient, video game-y arrangement with a singer that comes in.  Low voice on the singer, understated and maybe a bit low on energy.  I’m a pretty big fan of the synth arrangment here that ends up sounding like a giant rube goldberg machine of horn like and organ like and video gamish sounds.  Still not a fan of the singing, I’m tuning it out.

@@@ Samora Pinderhughes: For Those Lost, For Those Taken (Self-released, 2020) A protest song denouncing the long and horrifying line of police killings in our society.  I got to this via a music publicist email.  Off the Black Spring EP, it’s blackalicious Friday here at Deep in the Music.  If the piano is any indication this is going to be a sad one, and it is.  Tragic actually.  Excellent lyrics, dramatic singing but not oversung and pretty straightforward piano playing.  The subject matter of police killings dominates here, this is not a dancefloor banger it’s just a gent and his piano and as an idea for a song on this topic it does great work — it’s powerful without being overly dramatic and it’s stripped arrangement keeps the ears on the lyrics.

@@@ Dua Saleh: Sugar Mama (colorxstudios, 2019)  I saw this musician name checked on the Twatter and let us once again celebrate our love of the Twatter, it’s good shit.  A Sudanese-American female MC that sounds in tone a bit like Billie Holiday.  A really stylish track both sonically and lyrically.  It’s a sparse beat that ends up sounding like a ticking clock, and the rest of the arrangement is sprinkled lightly — a kick drum here and there, some string plucks, a few female vocals whispers and Saleh being pretty obscene.  She might be lesbian, and if she is go lesbians!  I like her flow, it’s unusual and her rhymes are off kilter as well.  Two minutes of style, check it out!

@@@ Phats: Saved (IRMC Norway, 2020) I got to this via a music publicist email and Phats is a Scandinavian hip hop artist.  You go Phats, that’s all I can say and what else do you say to somebody stage named Phats?  Let me know.  Opening up with Bieber style loverboy guitar Phats comes in half sung/half rhymed.  All the lyrics in the verse are echoed by background vocals.  It’s more rhymed in the chorus and you also get a reggae-ish guitar part up in there as well.  It’s uplifting fo sho, and I’m not sure if this is Christian music on the down low.  I’m not sure how I feel about the smoothness and the positivity packaged together.

YTD recordings listened to: 366
Good music, not list worthy: 190
Not good music: 164

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge


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