@@@ Earl Sweatshirt: The Mint (Columbia, 2018) I started listening to Mr. Sweatshirt because of his name. Earl Sweatshirt is a stylish moniker. This is a mellow track with not outright dub reggae vibes, but it has a certain blunted feel within its hip hop construction. It’s got a relentless and amorphous bassline that’s punctured by some sharp piano figures. I’m not sure what the lyrical point exists for this tune, but there’s more than a bit of 40s being drunk and some blunt smoking.
@@@ Pangaea: Bone Sucka (Hessle Audio, 2018) I got to this via the experimental section at Apple Music (which is a joke as far as I’m concerned). This is a slightly weird electro/techno track but nothing particularly experimental. After about 90 seconds it starts to lean in (Sheryl Sandberg style!) on a groove — bringing up the drums, putting a vocal exhortation sample and some synth grooving. I actually would consider this more a funk track than a techno track. I like the groove — it’s not breaking records but it’s happening.
@@@ Dan Habarnam: Draw Your Pattern (Idle Hands, 2018) Also off the Apple Music experimental section. It’s a more standard techno beat with some kraut-y bits but it’s pretty trippy sauce layered over it. It crystallizes into a piano hook and classic unt-tss at about 2 minutes. It’s a decent dancefloor banger, nothing to get too hung over. The second tune, Draw Your Pattern, opens up with a more interesting beat. A tad funky and a bit chopped. It dubs out a long ass sample that smooths out the chopped groove. I feel this tune. It has a unique groove and interesting weirdness that keeps me engaged. This track is pulling me in and introduces new ideas to itself at a fresh but not overwhelming pace. Shoulda put this one first!
YTD recordings listened to: 662
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 360
Not good music: 260
Honorable Mentions: 8
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