@@@ LOS WEMBLER’S DE IQUITOS: Vision Del Ayahuasca (Barbes, 2019) A legendary cumbia band from Peru with a record out on a Brooklyn label. The electric guitars really change the vibe here and make it both rocking and world music. The melodies are not that far from surf music, the tone of the guitars as well. About halfway into the first tune there is an outstanding guitar solo that sounds like a slide guitar but I’m not full on sure about that. The second tune (clipped below) is the title track and I have to check the next track or so but this is a giant ass Latin guitar jam record. It’s awesome as the rhythms are quite different from you usually get from the white boy guitar jam records. If you’re looking for some rocking these guys will hook you up.
@@@ AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA: Terrouzi (Sahel Sounds, 2019) More African music off the WRIR weekly playlist email. We’ll see how the record unfolds but the first tune features a synth and a drum machine which is not common in West African music. Lowla is from Mauritania (GooglePimp), same as Noura Mint Seymali who I super dig so it is confirmed West Africa. I’m on the first tune proper and it is most definitely electronic music so it is not as driving and is much closer to something you might hear in the Apple Music hot tracks section. Still present are the intricate melodies as heard in the flute patch in the tune, Kar. I like the different sounds but overall I’m not jumping up and down over this. Lowla is absolutely a keyboard wiz. I like the fourth tune, Seyni, best of what I heard, the energy is higher and the keyboard playing is wicked.
@@@ Drake: Behind Barz (OVO, 2019) Regular readers know how much I adore Drake. So genuine and heartfelt and in it for the love. This tune from a television show compilation soundtrack is slotted to feature gangster Drake, and he’s a rough one, wow. Most notable is the dramatic piano part which has a short delay and reverb on it. Beats are solid and minimal, not trap but designed to support mafioso Drake. I guess these lyrics could easily be about a character on a show that I give not a fuck about or it could be a Drake character projection or it could be both so everybody including Drake can be living the life. Behold tha life!
YTD recordings listened to: 481
Good music, not list worthy: 292
Not good music: 161
Honorable Mentions: 0
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