@@@ Portico Quartet: Endless (Gondwana, 2017) A track from an upcoming jazz release that I got to via a twat by Bird is the Worm. It is labelled as crossover jazz on iTunes, which doesn’t bode well but I enter with an open mind. Surprisingly they throw an electro synth loop into the foreground of the mix and follow that up with some Ghostly style droplet synth. Sounds more like an electronic outfit entering the jazz orifice than the other way round. A flute with some echo becomes the melodic center of the track and it’s all anchored by a slightly funky drum part. It’s all right.
@@@ Tyler, the Creator: Who Dat Boy? (Columbia, 2017) I’m listening to this hip hop single lat but I don’t want to give the impression that it’s brothers and sisters at the back of the bus. After a sci-fi opening he gets into a pretty urgent and tight grind. Oh, big bass, bigger than big. There are multiple MCs and I’m not sure what this track is about but it’s very detailed and graphic. I like the sounds and the feel of the track for sure.
@@@ Liam Gallagher: Chinatown (Warner, 2017) A hot track off the Apple Music from the guitar player of the Oasis outfit. It’s a kick drum, some arpeggiated guitar, and oh now it’s a full band thing. He’s got them Brit rock melodies down pat, must be the fish and chips. Is that racist? Not sure what the lyrics are on about but the vocal melodies are big and he’s still working that updated Beatles psychedelic mode.
YTD recordings listened to: 416
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 230
Not good music: 166
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda