@@@ Flasher: Sideways (Domino, 2022) Ah Domino Records, if you’re a weird ass rock musician you can always try for a home with Domino. This guys are closer to quirky than weird but hey it’s all in the eye of the weirdo. The video below is the ninth track on the record and it has a wee bit of Tom Tom Club, but just a wee bit as the indie vocal sauce gives it that certain something I’m not a huge fan of. Claggy as they may say on the Great British Bake Off. Less energy rather than more energy as well as the ’80s sounds that are needlessly brought into the track — gated snare, and cheesy guitar sounds. I’m giving a quick peep to the second track, Love is Yours, and it brings in some ’90s flavors to swirl in there with the ’80s stuff. I like the mixes and I like some of the sounds but this is not really my cup of tea.
@@@ Low End Activist: Get Get (Sneaker Social Club, 2022) I can’t remember how I got to this track and this artist but it’s a rare example of British hip hop/break beat that I dig. Get Get is the fifth tune on the record and it’s a blend of funky, glitched beats, and dark trippy sounds. This is a sonic combo I generally approve of. Emz, a British MC I know nothing of, hits the mic and works briskly, bouncing off the beats and the pulsing bass with ease and a thick accent. I like the sharp focus of the track as the trippy sounds, the bass, the beats and the MC fuse into one like a really good slice of pizza. I’m giving a quick listen to the second track Hostile Utopia and it’s similar while boosting up the dark post apocalyptic sounds, busting out with the classic handclap drum machine with frequency and vigor. Processed vocals, space gun sounds and a modulating bass synth are the main components. I don’t love everything about this formula but Mr. Activist is tight tight tight in his formation.