@@@ Redress: Redsphere (1982362 Records DK, 2020) Some self released electronic that sits #1 out at Vancouver’s CFUV weekly playlist email. This track tastefully straddles a high minded level of abstraction and dancefloor banging. This second tune starts out chill and a tad kraut-y before it heads into manic variation on drum ‘n bass with a symphonic string patch, it’s wacky. It does not require a Red Bull. I like the variety of sounds here and the boldness of the arrangements so it does tick a lot of boxes for my brain and my ear holes but it’s not quite jump up and down material for me.
@@@ Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: Stuck With You (UMG, 2020) Two of today’s more self absorbed pop stars and they’re going old school soul with the guitars and the vocal arrangements. The trap beats have been replaced by something emulating a simple Motown drum beat so Ariana can just fly all around with her voice. She’s got skills but I tell you she’s a bit short on soul, that’s my take on her. Beebs comes in and he’s still annoying but he’s not as annoying as he could be. Isn’t that 2020 America, it’s great when it’s not as annoying as it could be. The main question here is if two musicians with similar skills — cuz let’s be honest these two can sing but they’re not extraterrestrial rare, right? If two others did this with the same sounds would it be on the front page of Apple Music with 32 million GooglePimpTube hits. Imma guessing no. There’s no need to shit on it, it’s an all right track, but this is a faithful update on something great that dropped long ago. It’s Make America Soulful Again but not really.
@@@ The Primitive Painter: Hope (Apollo, 1994) I saw this early ambient/IDM record namechecked on the Twatter as a record that has had a long afterlife and is still getting respect to this day. It opens ambient chainsaw percolating drone before the cloud synth comes in. This fatboy weighs in at 10+ minutes so make sure you don’t have to piss before you listen, unless you on the phone and shit and you’re sitting on the can. Right at 2 minutes the drum machine comes in and it’s neither techno nor funk, it’s just ooh we’re heading into a New Age synth cloud, wait a second take a deep breath and gather your feelings, just the good ones cuz you don’t want to shit on the clouds and the uplifting feels coming your way!! I’m not sure who kept this tune going but it takes all kinds of folks to fill the world. I find this not super inspiring, it’s kinda a perfect representation of McDonald’s type electro sounds. I made it exactly halfway through, that’s a pretty good effort.
@@@ Major Surgery: The First Cut (Next Records, 1977/2013) I saw this jazz record being reissued and then namechecked by the London Jazz Blog. Being from the mid to late ’70s it does have fusion-y feel which I don’t love, but it does have an old school analog tape feel that is pleasing. Active drums, guitar and horn melodies played almost not for note together in the head section. As the guitar takes his solo it has more than a bit of rock feels to it. I often say rude shit like this dude needs a Red Bull, but neither the guitar player nor the sax player here need a Red Bull, they got energy, mad energy. This is not my favorite flavor of jazz nor my favorite set of sounds, but they are straight up poppin’ with straight jazz farm fresh goodness/energy and I give props to that.
YTD recordings listened to: 374
Good music, not list worthy: 194
Not good music: 168
Honorable Mentions: 0
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