@@@ The Melodians: The Return of the Melodians (TWT, 2017) Super updated and smoothed out reggae from an old school reggae outfit. I got to this record via this week’s WRIR playlist email. For those not deep into the reggae this opening track really makes you hear how reggae came out of soul music. This singer is full on American r&b. I like the second tune more but I’ve really grown to love the gritty and somewhat murky production of those old school records as there’s something missing here as a result of the modern production.
@@@ L’Attirail: La Part Du Hasard (CSB Productions, 2017) I’m overseas and I can’t easily get to the English Google though I think part of the problem is I just turned on a bunch of privacy features and now I think they’re fucking with me. As far as I can tell from the interwebs this is a mash of Balkan and French music influences. It also has a little rock and a wee bit of country up in here as well. There is some nice horn playing going on here but the focus is on the guitars and sweet midtempo instrumentals. I hear at least a couple of guitar tracks going on here and I’m feeling this fourth tune, La Main du Mort.
YTD recordings listened to: 773
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 415
Not good music: 321
Honorable Mentions: 7
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