Music for 10/1/18!!! Barrie, Discount Sunset, Tkay Mzaida

@@@ Barrie: Tal Uno (Winspear, 2018) I saw somebody launching a twat on the twatter celebrating that Spotify had put this track up on some ultimate indie list.  Oh boy, back to the ’80s we go with the super puffy synth (and synth bass) sounds and the intimate female vocal sound.  And finger snaps!  Fuck me, finger snaps!  And twinkly guitars!  And  only happy endings!

@@@ Discount Sunset: Slippery (Self-released, 2018) I saw this self-released debut single on a promo email from an Australian online music magazine.  Mopey dude on the microphone, heavily reverbed guitar and straight rock beats.  The synth component of this tune is less than usual for these days.  The arrangement is sinuous and kind of weaves and bobs within a wider range of normal indie pop tunes.  It’s an interesting blend of upbeat and downer sounds but I can’t personally roll with dude’s voice.  Check if for yourself.

@@@ Tkay Maidza: Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1 (Downtown, 2018)  I saw this Australian black female MC on a promo email from the same Australian online music magazine I mentioned in the review above.  I usually struggle with the non U.S. rap but Maidza is singing and rhyming and she brings a modern but pretty on fleek Caribbean sound to this first tune.  The second tune brings on the straight up quick hip hop with the farty bass and a chanted chorus.  That second tune is clipped below.  Maidza has skills and the arrangements while not revolutionary are fresh.  As far as pop music goes this is pretty solid shit, so if you’re looking for some alternative to the Ariana Grande avalanche check out Maidza.  This is the best of what I heard today.

YTD recordings listened to: 550
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 294
Not good music: 227

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, 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, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza

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Music for 9/27/18!!! Tunde Olaniran, Kweku Collins, Dry Reef

@@@ Tunde Olaniran: Mountain (N/A, 2018) I got to this slightly off kilter r&b loverboy track via a music publicist.  Thus far I’m much more engaged with the sounds than with the singing.  The cupcake is quite glitchy and impressive yet the vocal frosting is pretty standard.  It has the weirdness and processing of some trap music which I believe is created through extensive broccoli smoking and other stimulants but this mix is much more densely packed.

@@@ Kweku Collins: Grey (Self-released, 2017) Slotted as alternative rap on the Apple Music I saw this MC shouted out on the Twatter.  He’s got a Caribbean dancehall to his microphone work but the arrangement is not strictly electro roots.  I would say the mood of the record is more down than up with some pretty grainy, non soda pop synth sounds and lower tempos.  He also blurs hip hop and r&b sounds with a pretty equal split between the two genres.  If Drake rolled like this I would be much more impressed with Drake.  The sounds are mature and the singing is not Drake mush-y.

@@@ Dry Reef: Start it Up (Free Dive, 2018)  A pre-release single from an upcoming full length that I got to via a music publicist.  A little bit of Sublime, well more than a little bit.  It’s a Wasp-a-fari production with a dual guitar attack and an uplifting yet Wonder Bread-y feeling.  This is white boy frat kegger music — it doesn’t sicken me, but I would peep Burning Spear in a minute over this.

YTD recordings listened to: 544
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 288
Not good music: 225

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 9/26/18!!! Matthew Dear, Danny Brown, Miya Masaoka

@@@ Matthew Dear: Modafinil Blues (Ghostly, 2018) I saw this single bumped up on the Twatter.  It’s electronic rock with a mopey and manly singer.  Not the Cure, but there’s another outfit this reminds me of.  It’s got a straight drum beat and bassline and gets into slight dance floor territory with some shuffling hi hat sounds and handclaps.  It’s got some nice small sonic twists and turns but I’m not a fan of his voice.  Others may adore it, but not me.  I also detect an undercover bite of Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust baseline.

@@@ Danny Brown: Bruiser Brigade (Fool’s Gold, 2012).  A hip hop single also shouted on the Twatter.  It’s blurbed as shock rap on the Apple Music.  It’s got a chopped feel sprinkled in the drumbeats, the synths and the rhymes.  I would not say this is particularly concious tune cuz he’s drunk as fuck and she’s ready to fuck.  So quasi-industrial music with anti-woman lyrics.  That’s the description and I will leave the judgment to others.

@@@ Miya Masaoka: MZM (Infrequent Streams, 2017). I got to this experimental improvisation record via the Roulette club email.  I like the pianist Myra Melford who I have heard on recordings and on record before.  Melford’s percussive piano is joined by some crazy ass playing of the 21 string koto and harp/electronics from Zeena Perkins who I don’t know of.  It’s a little like listening to a physics experiment and I’m enjoying the popping of it.  I’m digging the second tune more as it digs in with some lower keyboard runs and more insistent rhythmic playing.  It is appropriately titled Bug.  From what I’ve heard the trio presents a variety of moods — some quiet and contemplative, some insect like and orbitous (not a word!) and some burrowing.  Check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 541
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 286
Not good music: 224

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 9/24/18!! French Montana, Young Father

I am finishing up on a brief tour working as a live sound and video projection dude so massive listening is not possible.  Onwards and remember you always get what you pay for.

@@@ French Montana (featuring Drake): No Stylist (N/A, 2018)  The #1 track in the Apple Music hot tracks section.  I would call this glamorous trap music with fat bottom but buffed up and polished rhymes about Gucci bags, Lear Jets, and women getting wet.  Probably not from the great conversation but bank account wetness.  Drake cuts in with a nasal rap that contrasts with Montana’s husky then falsetto business.  Don’t call this motherfucker until the checks clear, naimsayin’.  I will say for the umpteenth time that it is a bit inconsistent to denounce this behavior in CEOs and in Trump’s house but celebrate it here in popular culture.  It would be nice if we got our shit straight or at least more straight and less crooked.  I don’t care about Trump’s wealth, and I don’t care about French Montana’s Gucci handbags.  I really could give a fuck.

@@@ Young Father: Toys (N/A, 2018)  Also in the Apple hot tracks section.  It’s an art school hip hop punk project and I think I’ve heard tracks from this record which came out in the spring but it has been revived in the hot tracks section in the fall.  If you want to mix up your nihilistic punk vibes with your hip hop/r&b type beats then I would recommend the gents at Sleaford Mods.  Their lyrics are much more acidic and they punch their weight.  This tune uses more conceptual lyrics that detract from the straight ahead kraut bass and the squirty, slightly chopped beats.

YTD recordings listened to: 541
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 286
Not good music: 224

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 9/21/18!!! Lil Uzi Vert, Lana Del Rey, Mariah Carey

@@@ Lil Uzi Vert: New Patek (Atlantic, 2018)  I don’t know when hip hop started using a background singer as an instrument with various uhs and gunshot mimicry and yeahs but when employed it comes across as disposable music.  It happens on this track as well.  Lil Uzi is quick on the mic with solid rhythmic skills but it’s a pretty standard trap arrangement with throbbing fat bass and beats.  Lyrics revolve around the new Patek watch on his wrist and the various romantic situations that arise from the milly in the bank.  He’s got a girl with a fat ass that barely fits in his whip!  He also asks one girl to take a show so she don’t stink.  It’s an almost five minute track that shouldn’t have broken three minutes.

@@@ Lana Del Rey: Mariners Apartment Complex (Polydor, 2018)  Is it sexist to say that 70% of Lana Del Rey’s is due to her movie starlet’s lips?  To flip it away from the human body, her success is not embedded in transformative music that takes you to another place.  She traffics in pretty basic rock star blah.  My guess is Lana is gonna be sad and dour on this track but gorgeously so.  You took my sadness out of context at the Mariners Apartment Complex.  That’s the first line so I get a gold star!  The lyrics are pretty standard word salad but there are some nice moments.  Why is Lana so sad?  I’m not sure I care except she keeps foisting her existential issues on America.  The vocal hook is when she says ‘I’m your man!’ which turns all the femme centered lyrics on their head with that statement.

@@@ Mariah Carey: GTFO (Sony, 2018)  Mariah goes full batshit crazy with her new song about her hair Get The Frizz Out which should result in a solid tie in with some sort of hair product company.  It opens up with a sort of glitched up Prince keyboard centered arrangement.  Oh my, it’s not about getting the frizz out she wants him to get the fuck out!  Mariah, yo go girl standing up for yourself.  It’s an interesting blend of intimate, ballad-y sounds and a defiant sentiment.  I didn’t watch the video but it looks like she’s not wearing a lot of clothes.

YTD recordings listened to: 539
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 284
Not good music: 224

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode, Automatisme

Music for 9/13/18!!! Mary Elaine Jenkins, Blood Orange, Billy Moon, $uicideBoy$

@@@ Mary Elaine Jenkins: Hold Still (Good Child Music, 2018) I got to this ‘modern yet timeless singer songwriter’ via a music publicist.  The first tune, The Rooster, is a full band twangy tune with a lot of percussion serving as a hook.  It’s a pretty familiar arrangement.  I don’t know if I misread the promo email or the record has been mislabeled but this is a blues rock record sporting Jenkins’ thick and slightly husky voice.  The lyrics center around the rottenness of men which would be standard for the blues.

@@@ Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino, 2018) I got to this record via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  This is blurbed on Apple Music as a look at black depression as well as the anxieties of queer people/people of color.  I’m a little shocked at the first tune as I think of Domino as one of the least funky labels going.  The tune, Orlando, comes out slinky and modern with punchy and funky keyboard sounds.  Puff Daddy and A$AP Rocky both make guest appearances on this record which is strange.  The second tune, Saint, is a full blown gospel tinged anthem — I’m not sure why this record isn’t on an American label releasing black music but I guess that’s not the business here.  I think the record gets a little lost in the vocal arrangements but Puff Daddy busts mad yos on his appearance and lets the female singer do the singing.

@@@ Billly Moon: I’ll Push the Pedals and You Steer EP (Graham Caldwell, 2017)  I saw a new record listed on the CFUV weekly playlist email but this 2017 EP is up on the Apple Music.  The first tune busts out with some sloppy ass Replacements guitar blasting with glam rock vocals over that.  Moon tosses big time classic rock vocal hooks regardless of musical arrangement.  It’s not what I’m most looking for in a record, but many many singers try to throw the hooks and come up empty so it’s an impressive piece of work.

@@@ $uicideBoy$: I Want to Die in New Orleans (G*59 Records, 2018)  This hip hop record is one of the new releases scrolling new music banner on Apple Music.  I’m expecting a trap affair with plenty of props for New Orleans.  This first tune is notable for the half sung rhymes and the vibe is depressive for sure.  I like the keyboard figure on this first tune, it really burrows into your brain.  I’m most interested in the keyboard arrangements, the vocals after that, and the beats least of all.  The fact that they do some white people emo style singing is interesting while not putting the record over the top.

YTD recordings listened to: 526
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 277
Not good music: 218

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

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, Janelle Monae, 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, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, KEN mode