Music for 5/25/20!!! We Versus The Shark, Count Ossie, Charli XCX, Sleaford Mods

@@@ We Versus The Shark: We All Get a Raise (Earnest Jennings, 2020) An Athens (Greece!) math rock band track that I got to via a music publicist email.  It may be mathy but it’s not nerdy, they got a fat bass sound and somebody pumped these drums and guitars.  It’s borderline frickin’ epic!  Two guitars, one in each ear and a sorta slack female singer.  I’d like to hear more energy out of the singer but it’s not my call.  If you’re gonna pump the band up, let’s giddy up with the vocals!  Apparently not.  There’s a gent who hops on the mic towards the end of the tune.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.

@@@ Count Ossie And the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: Wicked Babylon (Soul Jazz,2020) I got to this early ’70s roots reggae via the reissue site Stranded Records.  Oh Lord this is old school, super old school golden age roots reggae.  The drumming here really imparts a more rasta flow as it takes you back before the drum kit to era of the hand drum.  I’m checking out other tracks on this record and it’s not a stereotypical roots record — some pretty rippin’ sax work in places, a lack of guitars, a ton of hand drums and tons of singing.  But at its core it does have a strong roots reggae essence.

@@@ Charli XCX: 7 Years (Warner UK, 2020) Off last week’s All Music notable release email.  I’ve listened before and haven’t felt her but I’m nothing if not open minded.  Her quarantine record is getting a lot of respect, whether for its business acumen or its creativity remains to be seen.  She sits between Taylor Swift and Arianna Grande — more upbeat than dour Grande and more substantial than Tay Tay.  There isn’t that much to this tune after you take out the voice(s).  There’s a keyboard chord progression to guide her vocal melody, some stabbing percussion synths, and a beat.  The tune is almost insufferably loud, I keep turning it down but they’ve compressed the fuck out of it.  I will listen to another piece of the tune, but the outro here when she goes low volume is the most interesting part.  The main body of the track is just a lot of volume and voices.  I’m peeping a bit of the third tune, claws, is more electro pop dominated by her voice.  Myself I like a blend of good singing, interesting arrangement and I’m really slutty to still enjoy well written lyrics that make sense.  This is hype in my opinion.

@@@ Sleaford Mods: Blog Maggot (Rough Trade, 2020)  Also off last week’s All Music notable release email and a very different flavor to Charli XCX.  It’s classic Sleaford Mods — a blend of in your face lyrics (well done), some classic bass sound but simple and kinda punky, and then a hip hop/rock beat.  This works for me, partly because they keep referring to all this death — the phrase ‘all this death’ and that feels relevant to me.  They also have tossed in a completely mental chomping sound after they say/rap the word blog maggot.  I enjoy the lack of pretension to the Mods and I think a bit of anti-social blasting is appropriate for these times.

YTD recordings listened to: 390
Good music, not list worthy: 202
Not good music: 176

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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