@@@ BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND: Loga Fo Djelba (Sublime Frequencies, 2018) There is just one pre-release track up on this African record I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. It is 8 minutes long and it’s a blend of old school African sounds and newer ones. It has a kit drummer as well as hand drummers and a guitarist who takes a mellow long shred over a modern sounding bassline. The singer is a gruff gent who gets into call and response with some background singers. I’m most impressed by the drummer and the guitar player — excellent energy and interesting playing. I would definitely listen to more of this record when all of it is released.
@@@ BOKANTE AND METROPOLE ORKEST: What Heat (Real World, 2018) This is an impressive mash of world musics. A singer from Guadalupe, a Dutch big band that has been going since the 1940s and a jazz funk NYC outfit. The result is a modern sounding collection with a large ensemble and an energetic singer that works in Creole. It’s sophisticated in a sophisticated way, not your usual music publicist faux sophistication. The tunes are all of a substantial weight with none under 5 minutes and instrumentation that varies from tune to tune. A review at the Guardian says there’s too much going on which I’m pretty sensitive to but I see it differently. The singer is the constant here and the sounds are to provide interesting backdrops for her. There is a lot of percussion, and some oud, and a lot of string arrangements which make it coherent to my ears.
YTD recordings listened to: 604
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 323
Not good music: 245
Honorable Mentions: 7
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