Music for 4/7/20!!! Nathan Fake, Sam Hunt, Thundercat, Purity Ring

@@@ Nathan Fake: Tbilisi (Cambria Instruments, 2020) A combination of abtract sounds and dancefloor sounds.  Not super abstract just not straight booty shaking.  Pumping frat boy beat and the melody has a resonant filter on it that weirds it out giving it a sci fi sort of flavor.  I could use more sounds or something new, the melodic top that is in this break section is not enough for me, and then we’re back into the ‘verse’.  It does change the electronic top into a more whippy video game kind of sounds at the end of the track while retaining the beat.  Some good ideas, coulda used a couple more is the view from here.

@@@ Sam Hunt: Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s (MCA Nashville, 2020). If Jimmy Buffett had a baby with Drake it would sound like this.  I saw this guy mentioned on a couple of outlets and it’s, wait I gotta get something for the tears cuz this chorus is ripping the heart out of my chest.  #heavy.  Whew between the ‘rona and this track my shit is devastated.  The schtick here is a lot of words in the verse, it’s quiet and he’s got a stream of conciousness/white rap and that’s where he airs his Drake before he goes full cheddar biscuit in the chorus.  I guess the title refers to the reality of internet break up and seeing other folks on the ‘gram and the Fuck-a-Zuck-book.  There’s a cleverness to that lyrical hook but musically it’s warmed over new country, refined corn syrup high end corn pone.  There’s a shaker in this track, do you know how annoying I find the shaker and that this shaker is even in this country track?  Tres annoying.

@@@ Thundercat: Fair Chance (Brainfeeder, 2020).  Some updated fusion-y disco funk up in heah.  A little George Clinton, a little Earth Wind and Fire, and a little doobie in yer funk.  But smoother and not as weird and mushier.  I get this combination of sounds, but it’s got a wet noodle meandering feel to it without the sheer minimalist funk of a stoned out George Clinton track.  I want to like this as I’m a huge funk fan but I’m not finding this to be a compelling listen.

@@@ Purity Ring: peacefall (4AD, 2020) The Apple Music blurb talks about dream pop melodies over trap beats.  I hear the dream pop part (and I don’t welcome it into my world) and I hear kinda weak beats that don’t have the menace, skitter or sharpness of trap.  Cuz I listen to that shit for this here blog.  So that’s marketing crap also known as fake news.  I’m not a Trump fan so just putting that out there as I do borrow the term fake news.  The female singer has more of a girlish flow than a big diva feel.  The chorus, ‘into, into the light’ combined with the soaring background vocals is a bit too New Age for my taste.  If it had the punch or thump of trap I would be more interested but they didn’t go for it, they stayed on the white people’s side of the tracks.

YTD recordings listened to: 253
Good music, not list worthy: 137
Not good music: 110

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica

 

Music for 8/23/19!!! J.T.C., SAMMUS, Taylor Swift

@@@ J.T.C.: Indigo, Flesh and Fire (Spectral/Ghostly, 2019)  I got to this dance EP via a twat on the Twatter.  It opens up briskly with drum machine hi hats slicing over that four on the floor kick drum.  It drops out for a bit then comes back ginsu knife style.  A very small piece of chopped up sample vocal sits underneath the drums.  Lots of filtering eq thickening and sharpening the groove.  I like the energy, I could use a bit more and call me a slut I don’t care.  The second tune, Varastride, mixes in a high action (and delayed) keyboard part that drives and enhances the rhythm.  This tune I feel a lot more, it’s pumpin’!  If you’re looking for some high octane, quietly trippy techno this EP will mess with your head and get yer feets movin’.

@@@ Sammus: Pieces in Space (Don Giovanni, 2016) I got to this hip hop record via a gig announcement email from an upstate NY media collective.  Put out by an independent label, I give props to them for putting out an indie hip hop label.  It’s headed by an Afro-American female MC and she’s working with somewhat retro beats and sounds.  Lyrics are concious and uplifting with moderate levels of verbal jousting.  This second tune, Comments Disabled, has some really sweet spaced out sounds to go with her rhymes about gamergate where male gamers were threatening and harassing female video game players.  It’s a cool topic for a track.  I like the sounds, the beats are okay (could be a bit funkier if you ask me and nobody is), and she’s good MC.  I would think old school hip hop fans could really groove on this.

@@@ Taylor Swift: Lover (UMG, 2019)  Oh boy, the day is upon us as Tay Tay drops another full length biscuit on the masses.  This is a pre-release single, though it’s pre release only by a few days.  It’s a lush ballad with very little, if any, original elements in the composition.  Sorry little Tay Tay lovers it’s just true.  It’s clear that Swift is much more comfortable with this cheesed out balladry than she was on her last outing which I found cringe worthy club music trying way too hard.  A sophisticated listener would have to find these lyrics somehow interesting as the music is high end cliche.  Swift’s core skill remains, in my humble opinion, her ability to remain bonded with her fans.  Her music, well that’s not nearly as sophisticated as her star-fan relationship skills.  The same could be said for Beyonce.

YTD recordings listened to: 433
Good music, not list worthy: 262
Not good music: 146

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe

Music for 8/22/19!!! Noiseshaper, Desi Sub Culture, Mauro

@@@ Noiseshaper – King Sized Dub Special (Echo Beach) I got to all these recordings via the CFUV weekly playlist email.   Not strictly old school dub, more modern dancefloor dub with dubwise echo effects thought the singer in this first tune sounds genuine dread.  The second tune, Evil E, is more dubbed out with a piece of a dancefloor beat (hi hat) and some thick ass bass dubbing out.  In addition to the echoes which are well done, the use of some EDM filtering techniques and other production flourishes makes the combination of dub and dancefloor techniques mesh well.  It’s not making me jump up and down but a few passages do and it’s a well put together, funky record.

@@@ Desi Sub Culture – Donkey Kong (Snakes x Ladders) Another mash of world music and electronic dancefloor business, this time from South Asia.  It comes out of the gate firing hard with the track Con Man, and we’re looking right at you Orange Hitler!  It’s a four track EP and while you get some really nice Indian melodic phrases on various instruments they bring the rhythms bigly and with variety.  Hand drums, drum machines, they give not a fuck.  Really good shit.  Whichever way they go with the melodic bits you know it’s gonna pump a lot of rhythm.

@@@ Mauno – Really Well (Tin Angel, 2019)  Quirky indie guitar rock with some nice guitar playing and a dreamy female on the microphone.  It’s not my favorite type of rock but they have some interesting stuff going on in the arrangements that brings it up a few notches.  You’ve heard a lot of records like this before from Yo La Tengo to older ’70s weird classic rock records, especially Brit ones.  I guess you could say there are a few bits of prog sprinkled through here and that explains the more sophisto arrangements and weird spots here and there.  Check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not list worthy: 260
Not good music: 145

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe

Music for 7/29/19!!! Monotronic, Terrence Day, Rick Ross

@@@ Monotronic: Cyborg Love  (N/A, 2019)  I got to this EDM single via a music publicist.  It is a rare example of an almost equal blend of electronic music and rock elements.  There is a tripped out jammy guitar that goes all the way through the tune that gives it a classic rock feel.  The track builds to a point near the end where the beat is fully unleashed, there is an organ patch that fills a lot of the stereo field and some hand percussion to drive the tune further.  It is supposed to take you places but I’m not sure it did.

@@@ Terrence Dixon: A New Day (Mechancial, 2019)  I got to this house single via a twat on the Twatter.  Beatwise it’s got a variant on classic techno and is spending most of its time on a delayed guitar line that works and bounces over an organ patch that swells up the track and provides contrast to the beat.  I find it a bit odd that there are no diva samples or vocals at all and that the lead is a nerdy, tripped out guitar but in a sense I respect that move.

@@@ Rick Ross: Gold Roses (Epic, 2019)  The #1 track in the hot tracks section of Apple Music and Drake is up on this biscuit.  He comes out first on the mic and Rick Ross must have fetched coffee for the track.  Oh there he is!  I like the sandy tone of his voice, and I super dig the tripped out arrangement of the track.  It’s a mid to slow tempo thing and the lyrics are typically boasting so it’s a mixed bag.  Sonically interesting, lyrically not so much, that’s the theme for a lot of major label business hip hop or not.  When Drake sings the chorus I just crack up when he hits that loverboy nerd pose.  Drake should be a cheese salesman, it’s just ridiculous how he rolls, I don’t understand his stardom at any level.  If people want to get with it that’s their thing but it’s soft cartoon business as far as I’m concerned.

YTD recordings listened to: 384
Good music, not list worthy: 228
Not good music: 134

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL

Music for 6/25/19!!! Mark Ronson, Jane Weaver

@@@ Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings (Sony, 2019)  I’m sure most folks didn’t see the NY Times puff piece on him.  I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Ronson as he’s only a couple of notches above the tragic figure of Calvin Harris.  White people trafficking in funk, you must be careful.  That’s reverse racist and shit!!  After a strings/vocal harmonies intro the title track kicks in and I think it’s gonna be an updated disco biscuit.  I wish I was wrong but it is as predicted.  It’s not full on disco but despite the attempt at emotional lyrics it’s disco funk and sad disco funk at that.  I don’t see how this old school dancefloor banger is going to dislodge the current funky club music.  Maybe it’s aimed at the older analog crowd, which I get.  The record is stuffed with guest vocalists, even Alicia Keyes, who appears to be the most well known guest.  It’s not the most terrible music ever, it’s very predictable and it doesn’t sound particularly inspired.  Maybe sad funk is a bit of a dream.  Shake your booty through your tears.

@@@  Jane Weaver: Loops in the Secret Society (Fire, 2019)  Another record off this week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens with tons of vocals, medium processed and stacked.  It morphs into a cosmic electro jam with swirling synths, a percussive clock sound and a buildup.  I tipped a little over halfway through as the buildup was stalled and I felt like I was in a science fiction movie.  I think I’m not super into the beats, they’re far from the funky and more in the video game neighborhood.  When the third tune Arrows comes in we get the crowning touch of the New Age angel voice which revolves around the phrase ‘nothing can hurt you’.  Not really my thing, but check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 318
Good music, not list worthy: 188
Not good music: 109

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise

Music for 2/10/19!!! Aaron Porter, AJ Tracey

@@@ Aaron Porter: I Wanna Let Love (Bigger, 2019)  A dramatical, mid tempo LGBTQ ballad I got to via one of the NYC mailing lists that has a lot of club and LGBTQ music on it.  It had a great line — I wanna let love fuck me up, that’s good hook.  The sounds are very up to date modern and partialy dance floor banger sounds but it is a ballad.  A big over the top feelings bomb with lots of vocal tracks.

@@@ AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey (AJ Tracey, 2019) A gent from London mixing a lot of sonic influences.  I got to this via Flavorpill or Line of Best Fit, same as the track above.  I find UK rhyming to be kinda funny, I guess it’s my own limitations.  They just don’t sound as rough as American dudes but I understand it’s an arbitrary opinion.  The sounds here are a little dancehall with some hip hop influences as well as club sounds.  The second tune has interesting quasi-African guitar line and world music flavors.  It’s a really interesting arrangement but the rhymes, I can’t get past it.  The third tune, Rina, is a booty anthem and I am impressed with the productions and the sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 76
Good music, not list worthy: 42
Not good music: 30

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel