@@@ The Positive Force: The African in Winter (Jazzman, 2007) I got to this retro funk/spoken word via the reissue site Stranded Records. Imma on their email list. The bandcamp page for this release shows a June 4, 2020 release date so this should be a remastered recording. It’s got a chill funk jazz retro vibe, a bit like Alice Coltrane but not as transcendant as that. A couple of horns playing in unison and it’s a fully, no wait here’s the spoken word part about an African man freezing his ass off in Detroit. I’ve heard a fair amount of jazz spoken word and this is a solid specimen — solid groove, nice horn melodies and an austere spoken word section.
@@@ Beyonce: Black Parade (Columbia/Sony, 2020) I saw this on the Twatter. I’m pretty convinced that Beyonce has cultivated such a cult of personality that she could fart in a microphone for 5 minutes and people would throw their hands up in the air in ecstasy. Oh Beyonce, what a glorious fucking fart you dropped on us unworthy peasants. It opens trunk shaking with some nice fat bass, a thick layer of chopped vocal bits and her. Motherland drip on me, that’s all right. As the song builds it starts to get more epic and mainstream and Disney sounding which I find unfortunate. Lyrically Beyonce loves to refer to things while not really defining anything with a big vocal hook. The melodies are all solid and the bass is my favorite part of the track. It’s a lot of lyrical fragments and it feels long but I’m a bit prejudiced against her. If a late Michael Jackson song had a baby with itself and got stick blendered it would sound like this.
@@@ Lionmilk: Break My Legs (leavingrecords, 2020) I saw this label namechecked on the Twatter. The twatter be rocking, well in this case it be helping to push electro r&b styles out into the Twatter-sphere. Falsetto singing, a fairly big stack of woven vocal tracks, a side stick snare sound and pumping keyboard flavors. Think lofi drippy Prince, I dig it. It clicked through to the next track which is more dancefloor-y. I think a murky, trippy flavor unites all the tracks I’ve heard, I’m checking the opener which I’m feeling most of the three I’ve heard to this point. Nice sounds, funky and organic.
@@@ Shy Troy: Up in Smoke (LW Records, 2020) I saw this Australian musician’s debut single on a Australian music magazine email. Folks in the USA don’t really believe in rock anymore but it’s still alive in other parts of the world such as Australia. Here we have an example of literate guitar rock with a mainstream production style. The vocals are right up close to your ears and there’s a sinuous guitar part that drives the tune. I’m waiting for the tune to fully rock but sometimes it doesn’t but I’m thinking it might. I dig there are a lot of words at the same time I don’t have the energy to pay attention to all of them. I don’t think there’s gonna be a big rock part. The lyrics consist of a hook saying ‘let’s pretend that I’m cool.’ Okay, you’re cool.
YTD recordings listened to: 500
Good music, not list worthy: 254
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 0
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