@@@ Madd Again!: Maddting Vol. 1 (Swing Ting, 2015). Super new school dancehall music out of Jamaica. As I pointed out this weekend regarding the Owiny Sigoma record that I put up as a funky drum machine practitioner these guys take electronic elements and swing the fuck out of them. You tight jean white hipster kiddies should peep it and get some funk on. The synth bass they have reverbed and pumping underneath these beats is pretty slick shit. I hope they don’t sag after this first tune. So far so good on this second tune, Duggu. If these guys are smoking weed, which I believe they just might be from these lyrics they are definitely following that with multiple shots of caffeine. There are multiple references to the UK so I think these guys are either emigres or Jamaica via the UK. I’m gonna swing back to this record and check it out when I have more time.
@@@ Emily Earle: Red Rose (Not sure, 2015). A new age/country mash biscuit I got to via a music publicist. Earle has a beautiful voice and it’s ensconced in a cheese biscuit of meaningful piano cheese, acoustic guitar plink cheese, and even string flourish cheese. I’ll stop now.
@@@ Radio Free Honduras: Radio Free Honduras (Self-released?, 2015). It’s not Latin rock per se as the guitar is nylon string, but the first tune Vengan Vengan is a uptempo with a thick bass pulse, minimalist horns and a husky singer. I like the electric organ tucked in the back of the second tune Solo Sin Tu Amor as well as the mariachi like horn line. I like the third tune Morena the best of what I heard with a sweet vocal melody, upbeat drumming and strumming and the same pushing bass.
@@@ London Souls: When I’m With You (Feel Music, 2015). A tune I got to via a music publicist. It’s a rock duo, guitars and drums, well I hear a bass so that’s out the window. It’s more Alex Chilton than White Stripes and the hook is catchy as fuck. Throw a little shred in there, ya fuckers. The outro starts to juke and jump around but there is no guitar shred to be had here. Bitches.
YTD recordings listened to: 730
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 419
Not good music: 254
Honorable Mentions: 20
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Ruby Amanfu, Quarter Street, Madd Again!