@@@ Courtney John: Ecosystem (Soul Man, 2018). Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. Opens up super laid back roots reggae with pleasing falsetto vocals. The first tune (clipped below) is super sweet and well balanced vibes. I’ve sampled the first four tracks on this record — the band is tight, the sounds are nice, the playing is tight and relaxed at the same time and the singer is on full loverly. I’m going to swing back on this record, check it out!
@@@ Joe Pilgrim & The Ligerians: “Migrants” [Single] (SoulNurse, 2018) More reggae but an updated sound with synths, space lasers and an ’80s gated snare sound. Pilgrim hits the mic with focused energy and he does a really good job. I don’t love these sounds but the tune works pretty well. I think this there is a band playing here but I’m not always super psyched for electronic drums and the video games sounds though there is a proud history of weird ass space gun sounds in dub reggae.
@@@ Toto Bona Lokua: Bondeko (No Format, 2018). Everything listened to today is off this week’s WRIR playlist email. Here we have some mellow African music and the first tune has a Bobby McFerrin syncopated vocal arrangement. Think barbershop doo won but from…..a Frenchman, a Cameroonian guy, and a dude from the Congo. That’s from a the search webz. The second tune introduces nylon string guitar and a fusion-y bass but it’s the same super laid back sound for sure. This is super pretty and for people who want their music to caress them and make them feel safe. Myself I like a blend of beauty and muscle but we all different and shit.
YTD recordings listened to: 74
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 41
Not good music: 31
Honorable Mentions: 0
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