@@@ Les Amazones D’Afrique: Republique Amazone (Real World, 2017) I heard the single from this record but I never peeped it til now as it’s in the top 50 Guardian records of 2017. This first tune is great with fat bass, trippy vocals and some righteous hand drumming added to the main beats. I like this second tune as it relaxes into a betwixt slow and midtempo groove. I don’t usually like the records with tons of guest vocalists but these are all women and the tracks are tight and unified. I would contrast the funkiness of this record with the African record with the Kronos Quartet strings on it. This is a mash as well, but it’s less uptight and high end with a high funk quotient. This record will end up on my year end list, check it out!
@@@ Powerdance: A Safe and Happy Place (Powerdance, 2017) A white boy disco banger off the Guardian’s top 50 of 2017) It definitely does not have the funk of the Les Amazones record but it’s aimed at the Wonder Bread crowd. Four on the floor, big simple vocals and a propulsive guitar line. It’s a pretty skeletal arrangement and I don’t think the vocalist has the chops to get it airborne. Check for yourself. It pumps harder at the outro but that energy should have been moved forward.
@@@ Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark, 2017) Pop punk off the Guardian list. I usually associate the pop punk with uptempo sing-a-long business but this first tune is not full on and it sports some more reflective chord progressions. I like it. The second tune does bring more tempo and classic pop punk but it’s not mindless without going straight to emo. I’m not a huge pop punk guy but this is a good specimen for the genre. The singer is pretty straightforward — sometimes the singer is so popped out I want to beat ’em with a 2X4 but this guy plays it straight — neight overwrought, nor too ironic, just songs with no bullshit sauce.
YTD recordings listened to: 779
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 419
Not good music: 322
Honorable Mentions: 7
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