I forgot to post this earlier in the week, May 21st that is!
@@@ Nico Gomez: Baila Chibiquiban (Omega, 1971/2020) A reissue track I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. It’s from way back in the day and this track pops out with a mash of psych hippie, Santana style guitar rock, and Latin music vibes. It’s pretty tasty. Lots of vocal tracks both male and female, frequent wailing guitars and a big groove with lots of sprinkles. I let the play button continue and it opens a track El Condor Pasa which is a recycling of a classic melody whose origins I’m not qualified to speak of. I’ve poked around this record and there’s some really good shit up in here, it’s a party record at a time when who knows where folks’ party is at. The drumming and playing is really strong.
@@@ FALLE NIOKE AND GHOST CULTURE | “Barke” [Single] | (PRAH, 2020) A pre-release single from an upcoming EP. Let me google this gent, see where’s he’s from and what his dilly is. Ah, Guinea (it’s in Africa you bitches) a quiet hotspot for great music. This is an electronic based arrangement with a nice helping of sweet vocals both gents and females (maybe shemales as well!) Nice bass sound, not reminiscent of trap hip hop and it has a ’80s feels to it. Nioke’s voice is pretty straight ahead but with a lightness to it. It doesn’t stand out to my ears but it’s solid.
@@@ Prince Fatty ft Shniece McMenamin: Deep Sleep (Evergreen, 2019) I went looking for another track and got to this 2019 record. This is a new record of roots reggae from Prince Fatty with a slew of guest vocalists, this one from Shniece McMenamin who I have not encountered before. It’s got that classic roots sweetness combined with rhythmic power, made sweeter by McManim’s voice. There’s not much to say here, it’s a great track kick back, hopefully you’re not on a ventilator somewhere, and enjoy the ol’ school Jamaican vibes.
@@@ Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra: Brasses for the Masses (Asphalt Tango, 2020) Off the WRIR weekly email. Slotted as folk music, this record comes out sounding like Balkan disco business on this first tune. This is not folk music, it’s horn driven party music. I think they would like to be Earth Wind and Fire with tubas holding it down on the low end. I appreciate the sheer nuttiness of this record’s premise, and I’m impressed with the horn playing, these guys can work the horns for sure. The third tune, Shukri Dvojka, is more traditional Balkan music and I dig that more than the more pandering first two tracks.
YTD recordings listened to: 382
Good music, not list worthy: 198
Not good music: 172
Honorable Mentions: 0
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