@@@ Lime Cordiale: Screw Loose (Chugg/London Cowboys, 2020) I got to this Aussie party band via online Happy Magazine in Australia. A party band rocking a bleached reggae flow – some Budweiser toasting, some forced roots drumming that could stand to loosen up a bit. I find the singer not to my taste but I dig the horn work here. It rock-a-fies in the chorus with a space organ and a firmer arrangement — I like it more as it sounds more authentically white boy. Not much else to say as I’m not a huge frat rock guy.
@@@ Genevieve Artadi: Godzillaaa (Brainfeeder, 2020) Line of Best Fit! I try to listen to Brainfeeder releases as they rock the latest sounds and try to go a little deeper than standard dancefloor bangers. A female singer using Godzilla as a metaphor (for her relationship) over a stew of rhythms and ooh a nice relentless circular synth sound right there where the arrangement skids out and repeats. It’s aim is to be arty and funky and for the most part it works. My favorite components here are the tone of her voice and that circular synth sound while I wish the beats rotated or changed or evolved a bit more. Maybe a tad too high on the IQ and a bit low on the funk which tends to produce a more proggy result. Proggy electronic would be a solid description of this.
@@@ CHAII: Middle Ground (Black Lotus/BMG, 2020) I got to this track via last week’s Line of Best Fit email. Ah, trap sounds that went to art school with a pair of rapidly vocalizing humans, one gent and one woman. Not that I’m hung up on gender and shit. A little rock guitar, a fat fat bass, and I like the bass best here and could use a bit more action/impact from the vocals. It sounds a bit diffuse to my ears but that could be me, I’ve been smoking crack all night. I kid, I kid, no crack for me. Don’t stay in school kids, and don’t smoke crack, that’s solid advice right there.
@@@ Camina: Cinnamon (Camina Music, 2020) I got to this Latina/Latinx trip hop pre-release track via a music publicist email. It opens with some vinyl scratch and some south of the border marimba playing which moves it right up my list. A half time drum loop sryuply half beats underneath the quickness of the marimba as an even slower bass occasionally belches volcanically. Camina comes in Latin Lana Del Ray/Tom Waits style and the whole thing is pleasant mash of disparate sounds. I like all the parts here with the exception of her downer-y singing thought I do like the background vocals they’re really ear catching.
YTD recordings listened to: 564
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 249
Honorable Mentions: 0
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