Music for 8/11/20!!! Dominic Fike, Small Professor, Victoria Monet, Kenny Hoopla

@@@ Dominic Fike: Cancel Me (Columbia, 2020) I got to this track via a picture and a blurb on the New York Times website, front page and shit!  Is the New York Times music coverage lame as shit?  Yes!  Do I enjoy listening to their picks and then trying to figure out how they could justify giving that exposure to that pick?  Yes I do!!  I guess this gent is from Florida and he rocks a hip hop/funk/frat rock formula that I’m instantly exhausted by.  He hopes they cancel me, so he can go be with his family.  That’s the hook.  Sonically the track is dominated by a crushed drum loop, a beat that has been distorted and pops at high volume with plenty o’ crunch.  It’s a catchy drum loop of B grade quality and yet Fike can’t match it on the microphone.  It’s like he wrote these lyrics in 10 minutes after a long night of cheap ass blow.  What’s most notable about this track is you have to be interested in Mr. Fike’s life and from his lyrics and his stylez I have zero interest in his state of mind, his view on the world or anything else Fiked.  I’ll gladly cancel you bitch.  Man the New York Times don’t know shit about music, good music at least, this is major label plastic trash.

@@@ Small Professor: six eyed sand spider (Coalmine, 2020) I got to this independent hip hop instrumental track via an email from a music publicist.  Imma on a lot of these lists.  The last track on the record and it’s got a bit of a farewell feel to it with a rolling drum beat and a strangely unidentifiable keyboard.  Mr. Professor gets a lot of respect for putting a tune on this record called ‘Wish Cops would Stop Killing Unarmed Black People’ — that is truly a golden title and I agree with that desire.  Let’s move over and check it out.  It’s a slow jam with a fair amount of vinyl scratch (which can be added to modern sounds) Life is too short, it’s just gettin’ shorter I wish I had a quarter for all my people they slaughter.  After that you get a nice mournful horn solo.  I like the piano playing here though I denounce it elsewhere.  When’s the last time you caught a harmonica in a hip hop track?  A very creative touch.  Retro-ish beats, tight arrangements, a high level of conciousness, I’ll take this over Dominic Fike any day.

@@@ Victoria Monet: Jaguar (Tribe, 2020) I don’t know if Miss Monet is gonna go full raw Cardi B. and get into the minutae of her WAP, but she’s being marketed as a sultry woman of desire over at the Line of Best Fit.  It is indeed a song about doin’ it, but not in the confrontational Cardi B. flow, more in a Prince pop, old school smooth funk style.  Once the tune moves out of the intro which has Prince feels, it goes in more of a Michael Jackson big pop funk production direction.  Supersonic pussycat, just like a silky smooth black cat, let me climb your wood (noice!) you got nine times to come on back.  That’s pretty much it, that’s a solid horny chorus.  The next tune clicked on and it’s more super slicked out funk and big cheese slinger DJ Khaled even gets up in there.  That dude’s a nut.

@@@ KennyHoopla: how will i rest in peace if i’m buried by the highway (Mogul/Sony, 2020) This is a track from last week’s Line of Best Fit.  I was a bit disappointed to see it out on a major label then kind of surprised to hear such strong Devo feels though Mr. Hoopla is much more unrestrained than the Devo singer.  There are also Cure and Smiths feels here, so that’s probably why this made it up the major label food chain.  I don’t understand the song title in the context of the vocal hook which is ‘she’s gonna cut my head off and I don’t care’.  I think he should have entitled it She’s Gonna Cut My Head Off but I don’t care, because that’s about as much as I’ve learned from this track.  I hear his flow which is towards the end of his rope and it’s over a crunchy drum mix with ’80s guitars but I don’t really understand what this track is about.  Which is fine.

YTD recordings listened to: 611
Good music, not list worthy: 306
Not good music: 274

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, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek

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