@@@ Odunsi: wicked, sexy! (Kimani Moore, 2020) This was blurbed as Nigerian party rap on a playlist by a website called the Face. I don’t find tons of African hip hop that blows my mind but it has happened. It’s a booty track with a stick driven beat and a slurpy keyboard part. It’s not purely hip hop per se, it’s a blend of hip hop, soul and funk. A bit Drake-y which isn’t great for me as the big ol’ Drake is such a cartoon figure in my mind. I clicked to another track in hopes of finding something hotter but alas! This isn’t really my taste and the mix is a bit too crunchy as well.
@@@ 1010 Benja SL: Woodrow (Young Turks, 2020) I saw a playlist mentioned on the Twatter and I thought to myself, hey I should check out that playlist. Some more r&b/soul also off the Face playlist same as the above track. It’s a breathy flow and then this low voice comes in and says Cool! in a commercial sense. Like what you would hear in a commercial. After he does his low down feel he goes full soul with a soaring and contrasting vibe. He’s got a very fresh flow on the microphone and some of his lyrics are very funny. I’m not sure what to think, sometimes I think it’s okay to say that.
@@@ Nohe & Sus Santos: Cumbia Triste (Self-released, 2020) I’ve gotten more than one email from the band about this record and we do love the cumbia music at this blog. Two singers, a gal and a gent. Tasty electric guitar, even two if you listen closely all served up on a strong rhythm. It’s smooth, energetic, and partyistic, what else could you ask for? For some reason I thought these guys were Brazilian, but they’re from New Mexico. I’m a total idiot and that explains the rocking guitar solo which I feel. Good shit, check it out and other parts of the record as well. These guys have it going on and the track after this one on the record is a Latin music celebration of Nirvana’s Come as You Are which I found really good and an interesting take on the ol’ grunger.
@@@ Golden Retriever: Empty Quarter (Thrill Jockey, 2020) A pre-release track off last week’s All Music notable release email. It is ambient music and to my ears this a blend of synths and some electric guitars. Long tones/drones, layered up and moving at a steady but not 60mph pace. I like it but I prefer ambient music without guitar/guitar like sounds. The underneath parts are pretty cool and very engaging. It is a monster 13 minute piece and the guitar like sounds give way mostly to classic modulated synth sounds. I give this a B+ as there’s a lot of interesting sonics here. Moments here I’m mesmerized and parts I find less compelling.
YTD recordings listened to: 394
Good music, not list worthy: 204
Not good music: 178
Honorable Mentions: 0
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