@@@ The Heliocentrics: Space Cake (Madlib Invasion, 2020) I can’t remember how I got to this track, an email from somebody let’s go with that. I thought this was titled Space Cakes but it’s just one cake, and that’s a big difference. After a windy intro in comes the spaceship sounds, the funk beats and the poppin’ bass. I like the theremin/theremin type sound and the other spaceship chatter the most and while I dig the energy of the drummer and the bass player I’d like to see some changes, it’s just too groovin’ for me. I understand the brisk tempo makes that more difficult but hey get up in the lab and break your funk into bits and re-assemble it. There are some processed stranger type voices in here as well. I want a fresh slice, I rocked this bread before. Solid B.
@@@ Queen Ifrica: Mi Love Yuh (VP Music Group, 2020) I got to this listen and the one below from last week’s WRIR weekly email. Off a reggae compilation and my first impression is that the goal here is combine mainstream pop with reggae dancehall feels. Kinda what Drake has been going to the bank for years but much better, Drake is more a criminal than artist. Sweet and just on the edge of being too sweet for me and rhythmically light but still pumpin’ politely. Ms. Ifrica does a gorgeous job on the microphone working a rich midrange with some background singers. I enjoy her accent in the verse as she bounces around and she rocks the hook in the chorus in a more straightforward manner.
@@@ Nina Dioz: Brillo (Nacional, 2020) Slotted as Latin rap up on the Apple Music it’s a less loverboy and more energetic version of what J Balvin and Evil Bunny have been making bank on. I prefer this and I give respect to the siren like whip up sound in the chorus before they come back to the mellow guitar vamp in the verse. The chorus is my favorite part not just because of that sound I mentioned, it’s got some different voices and a pushing odd dancefloor flavor to it. Rhythmic and a bit rougher. Females on the microphones, always welcome on this here blog and just the different timber of a female MC voice changes the whole track. Ms. Dioz bounces all right and works the microphone well.
@@@ Delta Spirit: What is There (New West, 2020) I think I got to this via last week’s All Music notable release email. It’s the last track on the record and these guys (and gals) are slotted as alternative on Apple Music but New West is alt country label so they’re sneaking it in. Strummed acoustic guitar and a lonesome singing, think Wilco with more twang and more soul. It ain’t too hard to beat Wilco on the soul tip. I like it for its simplicity and the singing is convincing, it has a bunch of hiss to it that may signal that it’s a demo track that made the cut. Could be totally up my ass on that. It might be a tad long clocking in just over 6 minutes but that depends how much you like it.
YTD recordings listened to: 716
Good music, not list worthy: 381
Not good music: 313
Honorable Mentions: 3
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