Music for 6/5/20!!! Pole, Kedr Livanskiy, Ivan Kupala, Mild Life

@@@ Pole: 123 (Pole, 2011) Blurbed as a super important electronic producer from Germany in my weekly Stranded email I haven’t heard him before so I will throw him a peep.  It’s a record that stretches almost 3 hours so we’re just gonna nibble a bit and then give a few impressions and if folks want to throw a listen based on my nibbling well then have at it.  The first tune opens slowly but with intent.  I just saw on the PimpTube that this was Pole’s first compilation record and it has been remastered for 2020.  Sweet!  Minimalist arrangement with precise sonic placement.  For sonic components we have some vinyl scratch, a serpentine bass line that pushes and pauses and then again, a percussive synth whammy and a little high frequency glitch polish for ya earholes.  It’s well done for sure.  Imma peep this second track and then move in but I like what I hear.  To me this is ambient music with a little bit of techno and a medium amount of glitch.  It’s pleasantly soundtrack-y and I will circle back to this when I have more time to sit with this.

@@@ Kedr Livanskiy: Ivan Kupala (2MR, 2020) I was really into her last release and she’s now hitting Pitchfork partially because she’s cute and it’s an exotic story but she has skills for sure.  I’m not trying to demean her but there are reasons why some folks are pushed up and others aren’t and we should be honest about that.  Oddly enough this track is from last year’s record and while I would usually scrap this listen and go for something else, I dig her stuff and will give her a repeat listen.   This is an uptempo banger, moderately aggressive with some indie vocals in Russian that come in all dazed and faded and dreamy during a break before I predict she will drop back into the groove.  There it is back to the groove with a different vocal on top.  I dig it all right but I remember I’m a fan of the updated dubwise of the fourth track — trippy electro with a more wasted feel.

@@@ Miiesha: Hold Strong (EMI, 2020) Off the Australian music magazine Happy.   This is an electronic r&b self empowerment record from an indigenous Australian woman.  Right off the bat I can see it’s not as over the top as its American counterpart most likely would be.  Some of the murky, lower register synth sounds are reminiscent of 6Lack’s debut, a record I enjoyed very much.  Of course that was more of a dark, stoner record and this young woman has a very different vibe on the microphone.  She sings with the longing for fairness and equality that seems relevant right now.  Australia has its own racial situation that I’ve learned about listening to Australian musicians.  Lyrically as well.  I would listen to more of this as it’s a fresh set of sounds to my ears.

@@@ Mild Life: Rare Air (Heavenly/PIAS, 2020) Also off last week’s Happy Mag 5 upcoming releases.  I have not squeezed in Lady Gaga’s new record this week.  I will listen as I want to know what’s out there but I kinda hate Lady Gaga, seeing her as a manipulative bullshit artist.   On to this listen! I’ve checked out some of what is marketed as jazz outside of the USA and to my ears a lot of it can be more properly qualified as high end frat boy jamming but I listen.  Not all of it, but a good chunk thereof.   This is a pre-release track and it opens slowly and ambiently and doesn’t appear to be set to go frat boy jammy but who knows?  As the full band clicks in this looks set to be more an old school prog rock balloon with vintage synth sounds, a bass player that’s quite active.  Oooh, a singer and he’s dreamy.  Quite laidback and soft as a macaroni and cheese burger.  It’s like Gerry Rafferty and Yes had a baby that takes downers.  It is a 6.5 minute monster shot and I don’t know if I’m going to hang.  I might just freeball a bit while the keyboardist goes nuts and the drummer hits the ride to stretch this biatch out.  I’m glad I hung in there til just after 4:00 minutes cuz there’s a brief section with a cowbell.  That’s right, fucking cowbell!  The king of all hand percussion, I bow before you mighty cowbell.  Never let it be said that nothing comes to those who wait cuz I got a cowbell.  Fuckin’ A bubba.

YTD recordings listened to: 418
Good music, not list worthy: 216
Not good music: 189

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, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole



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