@@@ Agallah & Sadat X: The Boppers (Propain Campain, 2020) I’m on the mailing list for a lot of independent hip hop and this is from an email from these guys at Diamond 360. I love the marketing for this as it was described as an absolute heater and a hard bodied banger. Excellent, I love it. It opens with an old school radio announcer before it kicks off into what sounds like a retro ’90s Wu Tang-y type jam. The MC is sandy voiced, not gravelly and he smacks the microphone into submission. There are frequent synth orchestral one note blasts that I usually don’t like but I like it here as it contrasts with the uber street flavor and the MC’s tone. Another MC comes on the mic and he brings a sharper tone and little more energy. There’s a spinning sample that kinda drills itself into your brain pan but that’s pretty much the whole thing. The lyrics are tough without being particularly nasty towards women or crazy violent. I appreciate that.
@@@ PUP: Rot ( , 2020) I’m sure this Toronto outfit is getting plenty of reviews having titled their latest recording This Place Sucks Ass but I’ll go for it. This is a pre-release track so you’ll have to wait til October 23 for the full This Place Sucks Ass but I’m not sure how much more ass this place could suck consider what’s going on in this ass right now. Fuck. This track does not appear on Apple Music so we’re stuck with the assholes over at GooglePimpTube (fuck them). It’s got a shaggy old school low self esteem punk flavor with some muscular guitars and more than a bit of Cali three chord business. These guys left themselves wide for a reviewer to say ‘this shit sucks ass’ but it doesn’t. I like the shambolic verse more than the focused Green Day-ish chorus. I like the hook in the chorus and it centers the track but I could use some more wreckage, you know color outside the lines a bit. If you’re going for This Place Sucks Ass, lose your shit. That’s what makes this place suck major ass is how everybody is losing their shit. Just a thought as to how to bring the music in line with the sentiment.
@@@ Laura Veirs: Turquoise Walls (Raven Marching Band, 2020) I saw a feature on this musician in the Guardian. This is a pre-release track from an upcoming full length out at the end of October. This is the third track on the record so it occupies a prime position. It’s quite indie with a little ’70s singer songwriter and a bit of indie electronic drum machine and electro flavoring. She’s mourning a relationship that’s over and she’s staring at the turquoise walls. I like the descending synth melody tucked into the chorus, and I’m least a fan of the strummed acoustic guitars on each channel. It’s well executed and it’s not really my style but for hipster coffee shop dwellers putting on their sweaters for the first blast of autumn chill I can see it working for them.
@@@ Anjimile: Maker (Father/Daughter Records, 2020) From last week’s All Music’s notable release email. A young black dude does a bit of a Nick Cave intimate type thing and he does it all right. He’s got a mad regal voice with flavors. That’s the intro before the full band comes in and it pushes an upbeat flavor while not completely abandoning the opening tone so that’s cool to my ears. He’s got a very cool vocal hook in the chorus — I’m not just a boy I’m a man, I’m not just a man I’m a god, I’m not just a god I’m a maker. It’s a bit inflated to be sure but it does make sense which these days is something to hold on to. I see from a quick GooglePimp that this gent Anjimile is from Boston but he sounds like he has some connection to an African type culture at least on the margins. Or somebody producing/helping out on this record likes African music. I don’t usually dig this style but this young man has a convincing voice and he deploys it very well.
YTD recordings listened to: 728
Good music, not list worthy: 390
Not good music: 316
Honorable Mentions: 4
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