@@@ Che Lingo: South (7Wallace, 2020) Three of four listens today are from the Line of Best Fit weekly email which features a lot of non white, non mainstream musicians. Hip hop that pulls a little sonically from the Weeknd and urban balladeers. A sung intro, some string percussive notes then an MC. Surprisingly I didn’t even notice this was UK hip hop, some of my favorite shit ever. UK hip hop that is. This is one of the first specimens of UK hip hop that stands along side American hip hop in energy, flavors and intent. Not a copy nor a regal overly accented wuss fest. I’m not sure what the song is about lyrically but sonically it’s pretty slick with a medium dose of funk and pretty high energy.
@@@ Meg Myers: Any Way You Wanna Love (Sumerian Records, 2020) I got to this via a music publicist email. I like the title, i think’s it’s gonna be a dancefloor banger about various ways of doin it as in doin’ it! Oh, it’s a bit short on the dancefloor banger and more in the 1980’s synth rock thing. #unfortunate #nottragic #unwelcomeinmyworld What is most uninteresting here is the rhythmic structure — very kick snare, kick snare, kick snare, kick snare tambourine, kick snare noose for me!!! The hook is also screamed, any way you wanna love! Don’t stand there tongue tied or something involving tongue tied. I would be more into the vocal performance (though I think there are too many vocal tracks) but the sounds and the rhythm don’t super work for me.
@@@ Oklou: unearth me (True Panter, 2020) Slotted as alternative by the folks on the Apple Music store it opens with a definite r&b intimate flow. A New Age-ish synth patch fluting around and joined by a second flute patch the sounds here are presented as spacious and electro epic. Ms. Oklou’s voice is very smooth and lush and comforting. She is from France and doesn’t that say it all, the French! That’s just a joke I’m not anti-French I love Paris. By the time we get to the chorus/vocal hook ‘don’t you want to unearth me’ we have some rhythmic singing and more vocal energy and even what I hear as Izotope vocal synth where voices are transformed into a blend of the human voice and a synthesizer. It’s a bit too lush for me, it’s like a deep soft mattress that you sink down and down into. I prefer a hard mattress, regular readers know this. It’s a bit too gaspy and airy and New Age-ish with its focus on the breath. But that’s just me and I’m often accused of being dead inside so that’s where I’m at but listen for yourself.
@@@ D Double E: Tell Me A Ting (Bluku, 2020) More UK hip hop with similar string flourishes but with a much more menacing sonic stew and a Caribbean flavor to the rhyme delivery. Man can’t tell me about grammar! Most definitely. The string flourishes are a bit meh but the bass is thick and almost invisibly thick. Man can’t tell me….the message is very clear here, man (white man!) can’t tell D Double E how to roll or what he knows or how he lives. A straight up rebellious track with racial overtones, very well done and convincing. Check it out!
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Honorable Mentions: 5
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