Music for 10/5/20!!! Bryson Tiller, Russell E.L. Butler, Miles Okazaki, Peter Bibby

@@@ Bryson Tiller: Outta Time featuring Drake (RCA/Sony, 2020) Off the Apple Music hot tracks page and anything that has Drake’s stench is all right with me, he’s just that good on the microphone. It’s more r&b than hip hop which is where Drake’s heart lies — he’s not the greatest and roughest MC out there, he’s more of a pretty boy. I think Drake takes the first turn on the microphone and frankly I’m in heaven as he’s just that talented, he’s unbelievable and people will be listening to him for the next 500 years it’s really just that moving. I like the sounds and when Tiller hits the mic he gets a thick sauce of background vocals accompanying his slightly autotuned voice. I like the beat, both in its simplicity and its funkiness and I think it’s an effective booty call/relationship type ballad. It’s more of a Drake track with Tiller guesting than the other way around.

@@@ Russell E.L. Butler: I Haven’t Been Ok for a Long Time (N/A, 2020) I saw this electronic musician up on the Twatter. It’s a brisk and uplifting dancefloor banger with deft basslines — when the distorted synth arpeggio comes in it elevates the track while increasing its circularity. I know circularity is not a musical term but he’s adding loops to the stew and that changes the listener’s experience. His bandcamp page says the track is from a record called Emotional Bangers Only and I do think he’s done a good job at making something more than a standard booty shaking banger. More elements come in, most notably a churning more sci fi synth arpegggio that contrasts with the lead element. If he had dropped one last new sound at the end of the track that really cut through what he started with I’d be screaming ‘oh you emotional banger you’. No vocals here, aspirational sounds.

@@@ Miles Okazaki: The Lighthouse (N/A, 2020) Also off the Twatter! I can’t find this on Apple Music and this may be unreleased or it may some sort of bootleg zoom business but it’s a quartet featruing guitar, electric bass, piano and drums. I often complain about the prevailing jazz guitar tones and here’s an example where the strength of the piano tone overpowers the guitar and since they’re playing the same melodies at the same time it would be great to hear them equally. I like the rhythm section, the sound is super clean but they have some spark to them. During his solo I’m wondering if the Okazaki is rocking some sort of octave pedal or other processed sound. He shreds all right in during his solo but I find myself returning to the piano player as the most engaging gent in the more melodic section of the band.

@@@ Peter Bibby: Whyalla (Spinning Rock, 2020) Off an Australian music magazine email. People outside of the United States still believe in rock while here it’s a pretty dormant genre. This busts out with some classic grunge flavors and he’s got a bit of early Nirvana vocal flavors. I like it much more than I expected, it’s got a freshness a lot of American rock can’t seem to capture. There’s nothing here compositionally to set this apart, it’s more the vocal feels, the arrangement and the sounds packaged overall that makes it a cut above American rock. I have no clue what whyalla is, oh the GooglePimp reveals it’s an Australian city. He goes on some sort of sports related biographical account of famous Whyalla athletes before going back to the sweet rocking chorus. He has an expressive singer and that drives the track.

YTD recordings listened to: 764
Good music, not list worthy: 414
Not good music: 325

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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