@@@ Kojey Radical: Same Boat (Warner UK, 2020) I’m pretty sure these first three listens are from last week’s Line of Best Fit email. With a title like Same Boat (as we’re all in the) I’m expecting an uplifiting hip hop track. Boo ya, that wasn’t a hard call. Mr. Radical has an energetic and pretty positive flow on the microphone and the arrangement is bereft of any stoned out or dark trap madness. He reads the Bible before he goes to bed and he corresponds with his mother in this track. The vocal hook is that love and hate go in the same boat so we’re not all in the same boat, love and hate are in the same boat. That’s clever. A female MC takes a more subtle and interesting spot on the microphone. The message is the message here, the funk is not the message here.
@@@ Oklou: Fall (True Panther, 2020) The track opens up ambiently with a pretty trick synth melody that is both percussive and melodic. The singer here Oklou is more Kate Bush than modern r&b pop. Her voice is reverbed too much for my taste. Outside of the reverb the sounds here are quite delicious. It’s very comforting, a Rolls Royce type of macaroni and cheese. It is a bit of a vibe piece at just over 2 mintues so no rhythm, a deep deep bass tucked in there and a little electro splash at the end.
@@@ Porter Robinson: Mirror (Mom and Pop, 2020) I think this young dude had a huge hit six or so years ago. This track looks to be a pop biscuit, neither high end nor funky. It’s got a solid helping of glitch which gives it more kinetic energy. He’s very breathy in the verse and then a female comes in for the chorus. This is not mad white but it’s very very white. Outside of the beat and the voices of which there are many, there’s not a ton going on sonically. The beat switches to something almost Caribbean/Brazilian but it’s just a moment before it ups the glitch dial which is good to distract the ears out there. I like some nice glitch but it’s a condiment and they’re using it here to spice up this bed of vocal tracks which are just mad pillowy and soft.
@@@ Charles Spearin and Josefine Runsteen: Chiesa di san vigilio (Arts and Crafts, 2019) This tune is from a record called Thank God the Plague is Over and it was released in 2019 and appears to be shoved through the PR machine because folks are starting to feel that way about the covid. I fucked up this record just came out. This is an 11 minute classical banger so I’ll either be spacing out and entertaining myself or others, or I might tip, or I might really like it. This was recorded in a large room and it is two instruments, violin and a guitar (pretty sure!) but from my GooglePimping Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist so this could be a few instruments. The contrast between the drone of the violin and the pluck is the main feature of this piece as well as the mixing and reverberance of the two sounds mixing in a large space. I’m pretty agnostic on what’s going on. I like the instruments and the setting but the playing has a certain indie slackness to it in places that I don’t love. It does build to quite a smashup, and I’m now changing my call, it’s two violins, the plucking at the beginning of the track was plucked violin.
YTD recordings listened to: 668
Good music, not list worthy: 348
Not good music: 300
Honorable Mentions: 0
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