@@@ Meghan Trainor: No Excuses (Epic, 2018) Not just in the Apple hot tracks section, Meghan Trainor gets banner position on Apple Music. You know the rotating banner, yup up there, cuz Meghan has lost a lot of weight and now she’s empowered and ready to rumble. Not rumble literally as there is a lot less of her to rumble with. This tune is full on mainstream biscuit magic — a little funky guitar, overproduced vocals and some recycled disco vibes. It is a pop confection that has been worked on and smoothed to project Meghan Trainor as fun, smart, hip and entertaining. As a product it is finely manicured like a porn star’s pussy hair. As music it is quite soulless and cliche as fuck. I hear all the fine sounds and the singing and I don’t feel much if anything at all. In one earhole and out the other!
@@@ Counterweight: Hum (Wide Hive, 2018) A pre-release tune from a jazz collective that I got to via a music publicist email. The instrumentation is trumpet, sax, guitar, bass or keyboards and drums and it is a tune anchored in ’70s fusion jazz. I like the trumpet player here, he’s not fully on fire but it’s interesting playing. It might have rocked more, but it didn’t. It might have had a guitar solo but it didn’t. It’s a fine tune, nothing too memorable.
@@@ Logic & Marshmello: Everyday (Def Jam, 2018) Some mainstream pop electronica out of the Apple Music hot tracks section. The #1 slot on the hot tracks section, actually. It opens up a bit glitchy and then unfortunately Logic makes his appearance. He sings for a bit and then he does some quick rhymes but his rhythmic work is overshadowed by his tired ass lyrics. It’s not just awful, it’s really awful shit. He works hard every day, but today is my day! That’s it, that’s the best you got motherfucker? The sounds are pretty standard and then he starts in on his old girlfriend’s daddy issues. #wordsalad. Oh fuck, Logic has jumped the shark y’all. I made it 2:37 and I feel like I wasted 2:30.
@@@ Wolf + Lamb: Love You Still (Wolf + Lamb Records, 2018) I got to this EP of remixes from a promo email from Flavorpill. This is a half techno/half disco club banger. I think the first tune is the original mix (clipped below) and then it gets re-imagined in the mixes after that. It’s an all right, classic flavored jam. One of the things this tune has going for it is that it doesn’t have Logic on it! I’m not a huge club music guy but the vocals here are well done and the remixes all repackage the tune well.
YTD recordings listened to: 120
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 63
Not good music: 55
Honorable Mentions: 3
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