Music for 9/29/20!!! Ace Tee, Ashnikko, Superfonicos, Zazou Bikaye

@@@ Ace Tee: Hunnies (Sony Music, 2020) A German by way of Ghana rapper that I got to via Crack Magazine. Here comes the trap sounds and a lush female MC and breathy exhalations from her background singers. This is some of the more interesting non-American trap music I’ve heard in a long bit. Very trippy sounds that hang out on top of the drum tracks like a cannabis cloud. She’s rocking multiple languages here I believe — a schtickl of German, some French and some English so ya know it’s worldwide. It rocks a thick deep groove, not my favorite shit every but it’s solid.

@@@ Ashnikko: Daisy (Parlophone, 2020) Here somebody took some trap beats and a fat bass and put a potty mouth white girl over the top with some raunchy lyrics but a sort of thin ass tone. She’s from North Carolina but she pretending she from deep in the hood as she attempts to smack a bitch up, naimsayin’? I don’t know how Ashnikko would do in a fight with Rico Nasty but if one of those dagger fingernails on Nasty’s hand makes it through she’s gonna get cut like a piece of cheese. It’s hard to think about this track outside of the realm of identity politics as the main point here is she’s trying to project an image and the question is whether other folks buy it or not. So she smacks a bitch up in the verse but then goes kinda poppy in the chorus. It doesn’t work for me but your mileage may vary.

@@@ Superfonicos: El Adios (Public Hi Fi, 2020) Off last week’s WRIR playlist email. It pops right out of the gate funky with African funk flavors and a bit of salsa action as well. The male singer comes in Spanish and I see from Googling up their bandcamp page that they are a Colombian funk outfit. I know from my extensive vinyl record collection that Colombia has historically had a musical connection back to Africa so the Afrobeat flavors are not unexpected. I like this, it’s a thick stew rhythmically, melodically and sonically and the singer blends with the band neither being drowned out by it nor dominating it. Plus there’s an accordion up in this giant band and I love accordion in Latin music, it’s mad flavorful. I’m super bummed this is only a single as I could rock a lot of this.

@@@ Zazou Bikaye: Nostalgie (Crammed Discs, 2020) You gotta peep Crammed Discs, they put out quality business. A collaboration between a Congolese musician and a French composer. Ooh, mama that sounds good. Ah, it’s got a heavily electro feel to it, especially sounds from the 1980’s, not my favorite decade for synth and drum machine sounds. I think it’s a bit misleading to slot this as Afrobeat as Apple Music has it slotted. I know it sounds like the pet peeve of a listener that consumes a ton of music but I really don’t like this gated snare sound and this drum machine sound. I was looking forward to this track and I leave somewhat unsatisfied which is unfortunate but that’s the way it goes.

YTD recordings listened to: 748
Good music, not list worthy: 405
Not good music: 321

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos

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