@@@ 2 by Bukowski featuring Kid Moxie: Follow You Home (Inner Ear, 2018) A downtempo rock/electronic tune from a small Greek label that I review from time to time. Everything is slow — the beat, the electro string flourish in the back, and the vocals. Pleasantly slow. It goes epic synth around 2:10 and I like it less but I can only take a certain amount of synth. The synth is balanced out by some spaghetti western sounding guitar playing so that works for me. There is a climactic outro that I dig where it reaches it’s bigly-ness (Trump word) with an arpeggiated synth that works and drives the section.
@@@ Naomi Cowan: Paradise Plum (single) (Zinc Fence, 2018) A newly added reggae single at WRIR in Virginia. It opens up with a mix of modern and vintage reggae sounds. Super smooth and reverbed vocals with some tasty dub delays. I can’t tell if this is a drum machine or a drummer but the rhythm section is adequately root for my ears. Cowan has a soaring and sweet reggae voice which is front and center in the mix.
@@@ Robert Dallas: Bearer of Bad News (Medtone, 2018) Another reggae single off this week’s WRIR playlist email, this one super vintage. Takin your time drum groove with thick bass pumping beneath Dallas’ voice. The vocal melody is old school as well with some guitar and keyboard tucked under the voice. Another solid springtime roots reggae effort. As always check it for yourselves. There are brief horn lines that push and then fade for the singer to take over and you get a dub of the track as well.
YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 132
Not good music: 109
Honorable Mentions: 4
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