@@@ Jayda G – Significant Changes (Ninja Tune) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver. I think of Ninja Tune and Warp as labels for progressive non 4 on the floor electronic music. The first tune on this record, Unifying the Center, has some weirdness and straightness to it. Some jazz like keyboards over a pretty funky not quite standard dancefloor beat. The second tune sounds like a high IQ Madonna song. I like the beats on this record, the tunes a bit less. The third tune (clipped below) gets into standard dancefloor exhortations and I like it the least of what I heard. I’m also not sure why there’s so much reverb on her vocals as it doesn’t push the dance vibe forward.
@@@ Mdou Moctar: The Creator (Sahel Sounds, 2019) This listen comes from the WRIR weekly music review email. That station and those reviewers can be trusted. I heard the advance single but I’m going to round back because the WRIR reviewer lost his nut over this record, saying it has all the power of his live performances. He comes out midtempo and pretty rocking on the first tune Kamane Tarhanin (clipped below). Classic circular African guitar shredding with more energy than Tinariwen. The second tune, Asshat Akal, is more openly rocking even featuring power chords and an upstroke reggae guitar part. The record most definitely aspires to and achieves a live feel. He has a massive guitar tone which I’m enjoying. I wished it rocked more but it’s a very good record.
YTD recordings listened to: 187
Good music, not list worthy: 115
Not good music: 64
Honorable Mentions: 0
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