@@@ Crowd Company: Fever (N/A, 2017) A pre-release single from a UK funk outfit that I got to via a music publicist email. Female singer, full horn section, funky wah wah hook — the tune is rooted in ’70s funk but it has a hint of mellowness to it. I like the vibe but the tune doesn’t leave a huge impression on me say the way the opening track to Curtis Mayfield’s first solo record does.
@@@ Kelly Moran: Bloodroot (Telegraph Harp, 2017) I saw this pianist on a performance promo email from the adventurous music club Roulette in Brooklyn. The first tune is a blend of piano but part of the piano has been blocked and is buzzing and resonating strangely instead of well, sounding like a piano. It’s a solo piece. I like the second piece as well. I would describe her tunes as having classical music components but also some improv and straight weirdness. A mix of sweetness and not so sweet. Ooh I really like the third tune, I’m going to have to swing back on this record.
@@@ King Khan: Murderburgers (Ernest Jennings, 2017) I’ve peeped King Khan before and he’s a trip. A blend of funk, spaghetti western, and some psych all mashed up. These first two tunes have a distinctly retro vibe to them, the second being a cracked country flow and the first one touting more psych. Maybe I’m getting King Khan mixed up with somebody else but I remember him being mo funky. This is a West Coast weird rock record. I like it all right, it has similarities to a Frank Zappa record but a bit straighter.
YTD recordings listened to: 669
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 282
Honorable Mentions: 6
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