@@@ Sabrina Claudio: Belong To You (featuring 6Lack) (SC Entertainment, 2017) Super booty knocking r&b. I don’t think 6Lack is on the single but he’s on the remix so that explains my peep. Wow, he’s singing on this track and I dig his voice, it changes the track from straight lush to a blend of lush and something else. #eloquent. He de-cheeses the track and gives more dimension to it. There’s plenty of lush reverb for everybody to have a slice and the instrumental side of the arrangement is dominated by long keyboards and string patches. Solid for a mainstream track and I continue to dig 6Lack.
@@@ Ascending Dawn: Cannonball (Ascending Dawn, 2017) I got me a publicist’s email about this band and it’s what I call a mainstream metal track. It’s got some roughness to it, but it has a lot of arena rock and even pop elements to it. Big guitar riffs for you to bounce around on and arena rock drumming with a soaring female singer. Plenty of background vocals as well. It’s got a tad of Foo in it, more than a schmear of Linkin Park and it has Heart vibes due to the singer. Not really my cup of tea.
@@@ Iglooghost: New Wax Bloom (Brainfeeder, 2017) An experimental electronic record last week’s All Music notable release email. It opens up sort of Japanese royal court mashed with Alvin the Chipmunk and some New Age-y synth sounds. That’s quite a mash. The second tune brings in a jazz-ish horn line and some manic beats so this bad boy is gonna jump around more than a tad. It’s an interesting blend of different sonic emotions — some childish, cartoon sounds, some club action, a tad of hip hop, some abstract electronic and pubes of whatever Mr. Iglooghost throws in. Notable more for the production and the execution than the musical impact, imho.
YTD recordings listened to: 645
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 346
Not good music: 273
Honorable Mentions: 6
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