@@@ Bedouine: Bedouine (Spacebomb, 2017) An intimate folk music record I got to via a twat on the Twatter. Smooth and silky as a Red Bull smoothie! Compared to Joni Mitchell in the twat it doesn’t have her quirk, but it’s a sound that draws folks in who are looking for a warm pool of water to wash their feelings. The second tune shifts over to a ’70s soft rock flow and if you’re into the singer’s voice you’re going to have a great time listening to this. I’m on the third tune and my feeling is that the record is beautifully put together, she has a very appealing voice, the playing is good but not great and the lyrics don’t really stand out.
@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish ( , 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music A-list. This is a club dance floor banger about late night balling and acquiring material possessions and engaging in occasional gun play. It’s got a lot of Casio keyboard sounds, a fat but not ultrafat bass sound but I think my greatest objection is the handclap sample, it just cheese-a-fies the proceedings. I’ll take Lil’ Yachty’s space flow and DRAM’s humor over this style.
@@@ Superfruit: Bad 4 Us (RCA, 2017) A single off an upcoming full length. It’s a white person’s dance floor banger with a straight beat some janky guitar wang and a lot of fluffy synths to go with the abundant vocal arrangements. This is a music publicist’s wet dream — friendly cheerful lyrics, poppy as fuck and a huge GooglePimp presence
@@@ Municipal Waste: Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast, 2017) Classic speed metal off the Apple music heavy metal front page. They play fast, they rocked a great pun on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. A piquant blend of hardcore, thrash, classic metal and Dostoevsky lyrics! No, no joking. It’s 28 minutes of bouncing around pissed at society.
YTD recordings listened to: 393
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 220
Not good music: 154
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch