Music for 9/7/20!!! Gaye Su Akyol, Ekiti Sound, Blackout Ja and Lion Dub, Insolito Universo

@@@ Gaye Su Akyol: Bir Yarali Kustum (Glitterbeat, 2020) Maybe world music doesn’t get reviewed as much as you have to hit up the Google to make sure you get your musician locations and band geography correct. This is my last listen of the day and I’ve been heating up the Google, unfortunately as I fucking hate Google bigly. This is some world music from Turkey, but it’s a mash of traditional rhythms with electronic sounds (synths). This is very common in my listening experience. It’s got a bit of funk and a bit of rock up in there. My google described Ms. or Mrs. Akyol as an anthropologist and this does have the feel of someone blending to show a sort of universality of sound. It’s got rock guitar and oud side by side — I’m not saying this is unprecedented by any means but I do think the slinky wah wah guitar is a nice reach. Music from this region does not get enough credit for its funkiness. There’s a good sized electric guitar shred which is cool. I like this.

@@@ Ekiti Sound: Ife (Crammed Disc, 2019) I missed this when it came out but thank god I’m a nut and I retain old WRIR playlist emails to sift through when I’m looking for new jams. There was a single called Ife in 2018 that got recycled onto a 2019 full length. As I’ve said many times before the Belgian label Crammed has put many records in my collection. This track mashes up electronic music and African flavors. I don’t think there is African hand drumming going on here, oh wait there could be but does feel more electro in the rhythms than hand drummed. About halfway through a very nice melody takes place, a slow descending marimba type patch and a low register gent comes on the mic once in a blue saying the word Ife, which is Yoruba for love. As I finish up this pocket review a new track comes on and it’s a thick stew of electronic rhythm and lowness with a soaring female voice over the top. I also g-Pimped this outfit and they’re being described as part of a burgeoning Nigerian electronic scene. I like this a bunch. I’m not jumping up and down as I did when I heard Naxoholica from Ethiopia (also on Crammed). The more time I spend with the more into it I get so I’m going to have to circle back on this.

@@@ Blackout Ja & LionDub: Rize Again (Liondub, 2020) I got to this track via a 6 month old WRIR playlist email. New style dancehall toasting business — I’m guessing the vocalist is Blackout JA so I will refer to him as Mr. JA. Mr. JA is an energetic gent, most likely vegan rocking wheatgrass shots in the morning to keep his flow up. He sounds like a smoker but probably not tobacco! That’s a joke, I don’t smoke myself but I’m not an anti-weedite. No weed shaming here. The beats are proudly drum machine (as well as the bass synth), the whole thing is electro with Mr. JA over the top. Lyrically it’s an uplifter, we shall rise again there’s no downer mopey indie up in that vocal hook. My favorite element here is JA’s gruff flow on the microphone and my least favorite part is the super electro vibe of the track. Overall the energy is high and the track is solid.

@@@ INSOLITO UNIVERSO: Machurucuto (Olindo, 2018) This outfit’s bandcamp page describes them as a Paris based Venezuelan mash. This tune opens up with a very nice organ sound, both a wash and a spacy melody before a mournful and slightly husky female hits the microphone. Intimate, lush, romantic but not cheesy. Rhythms are held down by a coupla hand drummers and a perfect tone for the bass as well as a slight delay they thrown on there, this is just tight and all right. I have GooglePimped the song title and it is the location of a battle between Venezuelan forces and Cubans and I have no idea nor care to find out when that was. The sounds here are great and I’m a sound biatch, I love great sounds. You get some very nice electric guitar swells, some electro garnish and nylon string guitar. I will put this record on my list to listen to more deeply but everything in here works for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 684
Good music, not list worthy: 358
Not good music: 305

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, Shy One, Muqata’a, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Insolito Universo

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