Music for 2/4/20!!! Wuta Mayi, Dallas, Farafi

@@@ WUTA MAYI: La Face Cachee (Sterns, 2019) Uptown African music out of the Congo.  It’s borderline inspirational for this level of joy to come out of such a troubled place.  Beautiful singing and long African single line guitar playing — there are a lot of similarities here with Haitian music.  Check the flow on this in this video below.  I tend to gravitate to the rougher music out there but I’m happy to spread these feels around.

@@@ Dallas | “Love From A Distance” | Rain Tree  An interesting blend of electro rhythms and concious reggae sounds.  Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  It’s very close to being a Peter Tosh tune but with a drum machine.  Bubblin’, bubblin’ bubblin’ organ wise with concious singing.  Not Peter Tosh but worthy of a peep.

@@@ Farafi | Calico Soul | Piranha  All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  Imma google this outfit to see where they’re from as the first tune is not clearly indicating a place.  I’m guessing Brazil.  Wrong.  It’s two women, one from India and a white woman from somewhere in a whitelandia.  I would describe this as hopeful world music, uptempo.  The production is lush and there are New Age vibes to be found up in here.  There a lot of influences here — a little blues rock, a little U2, a lot of world musics including African and Caribbean.  I like it all right while not being a fan of the production.

YTD recordings listened to: 92
Good music, not list worthy: 52
Not good music: 40

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge

Music for 2/13/19!!! Analea Brown, Xiu Xiu

@@@ Analea Brown: Lie To Me (Mensch House Records, 2019)  I got to this reggae track via a music publicist email.  It doesn’t matter that the singer is from Tonga, it’s just to say that this is not straight out of the Caribbean.  It’s a slow, buttery reggae ballad with both old school sounds (bassline) and more modern vocal stylings and turntable scratching.  I don’t think it particularly stands out but I like it.  Big ups to the bass player for holding it down.

@@@ Xiu Xiu: Girl With the Basket of Fruit (Polyvinyl, 2019)  We switch gears to some abrasive indie that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up with a fast non rocking spoken word track with a lot of rhythm and a singer losing in a nest/kluster of laser shots.  While not trafficking in standard punk sounds it does have a classic in your face attitude with not many fucks given to the listener and what they want.  I git that.  I hear a drummer and maybe a cello player, or an upright bass player, there’s some bowing going on here in the third tune which has switched gears to a slow, innward looking, desperate kind of feeling.  Though I don’t love this record, it is growing on me as it moves through its tunes.  It’s an artsty noise record and believe me I hear a lot of great first songs followed by a lot of dross.  This guy is on a trip and while not one for the shiny, happy people, he’s got some energy and passion going for him.  I dig the upright bass and the tribal drumming and the up in yer grillness of the singer.

YTD recordings listened to: 83
Good music, not list worthy: 46
Not good music: 33

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel

Music for 10/5/18!!! Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, Black Symbol

@@@ PEREGOYO Y SU COMBO VACANA: Mi Buenaventura (Vampisoul, 2017) I’m guessing from the GoooglePimp video which has been uploaded for 6 years that this is a reissue from an old school Colombian band.  I’m not very bright but I got this right and these guys are smoking.  These guys were some of the first to combine Colombian folk rhythms with Cuban cumbia.  I love this music, it’s crazy soulful.  Great horn lines, all manner of hand drums, electric guitar sounds from back in the day, and fantastic singing.  I will end up putting this record on my best of year list for 2017 as it ticks all the boxes — great rhythms and high melodic content, energetic and passionate perofrmances, and a high soul factor.  Check it out!  It has a fantastically fuzzy bass sound which helps to drive the whole band.  It’s so wrong and so right at the same time.

@@@ BLACK SYMBOL: Mother Of Creation (Sugar Shack, 2018) A pre-release reggae tune off an upcoming full length.  It is a blend of old school roots reggae (in the vocals and the drums) but with a synth which is a pretty rare instrument to encounter in roots reggae.  I like the singer as he sounds a bit like Burning Spears Winston Rodney.  Weirdly, it is mostly old school roots with just splashes of synth.

YTD recordings listened to: 562
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 300
Not good music: 227

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana

Music for 9/3/18!!! Dactah Chando, Jah 9, Malou Beauvoir

@@@ Dactah Chando: Africa is My Roots (Manuscript, 2018)  An African roots reggae single I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email.  There is a subtle difference in feel in this tune but the musical formula is very similar.  Chando has rhythmically strong voice and a pleasing tune as he talks up his African heritage.  Big beats with dub touches it’s a pleasing track.

@@@ JAH9: Field Trip (VP, 2018)  A female singer getting a little r&b/jazz with some reggae sounds but not full roots.  A different beat but steady with some dub delay touches and a mash of other sounds.  I appreciate the ambitious blend of sounds and the concious lyrics.  I expected with a name like Jah9 that this would be more reggae but she’s under no obligation and it’s a fresh track.

@@@ MALOU BEAUVOIR: Rasenbleman  (Self-released, 2018)  After a brief vocal intro it gets into a chill world music groove.  The lyrics are in French so I’m guessing this music is tied to a former French colony in Africa.  Ah, wrong, Haiti!  A French colony but not in Africa.  I’ve heard a fair amount of old school Haitian music and this is reminiscent of what I’ve heard.  Very rhythmic, smooth bass sounds, lots of vocal tracks.  Beauvoir, the singer was born in Chicago and raised in New York so that’s going to be reflected in the music.  This is a pre-release single from an upcoming record.

YTD recordings listened to: 501
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 263
Not good music: 209

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter

Music for 7/23/18!!! Debademba, Protoje, Gurrumul

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YTD recordings listened to: 423
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 222
Not good music: 187

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez

Music for 5/14/18!!! Yeni Nostalji, Jah9, Queen Ifrica, Selena Gomez

@@@ Yeni Nostalji: Self-titled (Ropeadope, 2018) An American of Lebanese descent makes a record influenced by Turkish music.  I got to this record via the WRIR weekly email.  I’m no expert but this first tune has more Brazilian Bossa nova in it than what I associate with Turkish music.  It’s a very romantic vibe here — I’m not a huge fan of romantic music as I’m emotional dead inside but this is pretty well done.  It’s interesting that it mashes up a lot of influences without a care.

@@@ Jah9: Love has Found I (VP, 2018)  A modern roots reggae single I also got to via WRIR.  Female singer active on the mic, it’s a love of Jah tune.  I like her singing, I like the background vocals less.  The flutist is doing good work and while I prefer the old school murky sound the band here is solid in their support of her devotion.

@@@ Queen Ifrica: Black Woman (VP, 2018)  Speaking of that old school reggae production there are some mighty tasty dub echoes on this seven minute tune that is the lead single off a full length.  Again, a strong female singer showing devotion and love for Jah.  I checked out the first tune, Trueversation, and it’s much more of an accessible pop reggae track.  Go with the Black Woman single, it’s much better imho.

@@@ Selena Gomez: Back To You (Interscope, 2018) This lead track off the soundtrack of some Netflix production is the kind of super popular cheese bomb track that I loathe.  I don’t loathe it due to snobbery, I love all manner of musics but the cliches here are just rank.  It’s as predictable as death and probably not half the fun.  It’s got earnest acoustic guitars in the verse and then it breaks out in the chorus with the hook both vocal and synth.  The production is exquisite, the feelings are tame, all in all I could barely choke it down it was so gooey — like a low end pizza parlor slice.

YTD recordings listened to: 263
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 139
Not good music: 115

Best: 5
Honorable Mentions: 4

Possibles: 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris