@@@ Trevor James: Maxine (N/A, 2018) I chose to listen to this because I check out Afropunk folks as I find it an interesting mash of subcultures. The tune opens up with a fairly punishing rock beat, some minor guitar slashing and Lenny Kravitz style vocals. I don’t really like the delay on the singer’s voice but he’s got a solid rock star voice. This is a pre-release single from an upcoming full length and while there’s not much punk about this Afropunker’s tune outside of it’s muscular drum sound and guitar shred it’s an all right tune.
@@@ Hansmole: Bitter Herb (Self-released, 2018) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver, British Columbia. The album opens up indie, and a little pastoral, a little electronic and a tad mopey. Female singer, piano, full drums in places, and some electronic gurgles. Let’s peep some more. The second tune is an acoustic guitar strummer with heavily delayed vocals. Some electronics come in but it’s still too mopey for me. I can hang with some slackness but I can’t slack it this much.
@@@ OBUXUM: H.E.R. (Urbnet, 2018) A black female producer with an EP of very brief tunes, a bunch between 1-2 minutes and a couple at 2:30. The tunes are instrumental and the production centers around the synth arrangements over strong beats. I’m really feeling the fourth track Betty Blue’s interlude. This producer, whose name I do not know has some interesting sounds going on. She’s swirling in a fair amount of glitchy shit which gives it a pleasant and subtle aggro taste.
@@@ Stimulator Jones: Exotic Worlds & Masterful Treasures (Stones Throw) Our final listen of the day and it opens up with some early ’80 disco funk stylings. Synth bass, smooth keys and now a velvety singer. I like a bunch of the sounds here but I’m not really feeling the singer. Too buttery for my taste. I also don’t like how much reverb is on the singer’s voice and while I’m picking nits the drums could be more flavorful. I got to this record via last week’s All Music notable release email.
YTD recordings listened to: 271
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 143
Not good music: 119
Honorable Mentions: 4
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