Music for 5/22/20!!! Tall Black Guy, Austra Hirudin, Future, Jonas Brothers

@@@ Austra Hirudin:  Anywayz (Domino, 2020) Domino business is often a blend of highbrow and the twisted mindset of the British upper class.  I kid, I kid.  This is some Kate Bush flavored electronic music and the first minute is pretty straightforward.  Oh wow, it then explodes out into a Eurovision super nerdy dancefloor banger with her dreamy voice and and plenty of cushy synth patches for your earholes.  Some resonant piano chords for meaning, and vocally she runs her hands across your spine when you’re not there.  Yeah, that’s right, it’s like that.  With about a minute left it segues into a slightly less dancefloor/more intimate thing, vocally at least.  Not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Future: Trillionaire (Epic, 2020)  I guess the appeal of being a big rapper is to be super high and making money as part of your job as that’s the image that’s being sold here.  I love the bass, the beats are a bit low and it’s a double MC attack.  These guys are aspiring trillionaires, oy.  They hang out with millionaires but they’re gonna be trillionaires.  The sounds outside of the bass and drum are sorta soft more ballad-y which is interesting.  There’s not a lot going on her lyrically that I can get with so I have to find interest where I can.  Just to reiterate for the umpteenth time folks should understand how aspiring to be a trillionaire puts you right in line with the racist pumpkin President Trump.  He’s been paper chasin’ before these dudes were fertilized.

@@@ Jonas Brothers: X (UMG, 2020) It was only a matter of time when the Jonas brothers would have peas and rice, some fried plantains and then go reggaeton.  Oh lord, I would hate if they weren’t so sexy in such a clunky blockheaded frat boy style.  These boys have no flow and this rhythm doesn’t come naturally to them.  Oh they got a breathy Latina to help out and she just makes them sound worse.  I like corn when it’s prepared as a tortilla but corn pone with my reggaeton?  Naw.

@@@  Tall Black Guy: We Rollin’ For You (N/A, 2020) A minty fresh updated version of some classic late ’70s/early ’80s fusion/funk type sounds.  There’s a lot of falsetto Earth Wind and Fire type background vocals and some low in the mix chant-ish type vocals.  So the emphasis here is on the arrangement and the feel of the music which is pretty sophisticated and tricked out.  The bass player is quietly killing it, and though I’m not 100% sure if this is a drummer or a programmed situation the beats are high in the mix and stylish.  Overall a super well executed track and I dig it without being a fan of this particular blend of sounds.  I think it’s a drummer.

YTD recordings listened to: 386
Good music, not list worthy: 200
Not good music: 174

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, Nico Gomez

 

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