Music for 9/11/18!!! Bixiga 70, Minyeshu, Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo

@@@ BIXIGA 70: Quebra Cabeça (Glitterbeat, 2018). Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.    There’s just a pre-release single up on the Apple Music for what looks set to be an Afrobeat funk explosion.  I’m into the guitar player’s chicken scratch style and the thick stew of drum kit, hand drums, and horns.  My African music radar was saying that the musicians are not African but lovers of the music thereof, and I am correct.  This outfit hails from Brazil and they put some more slight sonic variations into the tune and a slightly different rhythmic feel to the track.  I would check out more of this.

@@@ MINYESHU | Daa Dee (ARC, 2018)  Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email and also a pre-release single.  It’s a mash of African music but I’m gonna have to GooglePimp this musician as it’s a mash of genres.  Minyeshu hails from Ethiopia but now lives in the Netherlands.  It’s a piano ballad sung in an African tongue and it’s not the part of African music that I love most.

@@@ MICHI SARMIENTO Y SU COMBO BRAVO | Salsa Con Monte (Vampisoul, 2018)  We switch gears to some Latin American music.  It is salsa but the musicians could be from most anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.  Pardon me while I GooglePimp this band.  These guys are old school and are described as Colombian dance floor thunder.  I have heard so much old school Latin music from my out of print vinyl record archive but if you are a young gent or gal or gender fluid and have not heard the old school salsa, you’re missing out.

YTD recordings listened to: 519
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 273
Not good music: 217

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, KEN mode

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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 8/27/18!! Alba Griot Ensemble, Teeklef, Doctor Nativo

@@@ Alba Griot Ensemble: Darkness Between the Leaves (Rough Guide, 2018)  A mash of African string playing and Scottish folks players and singers.  It’s a sad ballad-y track that does a good job of blending the various sounds they’ve put together.  It’s almost 6 minutes so they take their time on this tune.  There’s not much to say after describing the sonic combination, check it out.

@@@ Teeklef: Apart (HipNavi, 2018)  A world loverboy single that’s in the Apple Music world hot tracks section.  When you hear a track like this you realize what a huge influence Drake has been in combining loverboy singing and world music sounds.  Teeklef is from Nigeria and there’s some African flavors but this is essentially a Drake song.  Multiple percussion tracks, lots of vocal tracks and a mildly poppy electro sounds — that’s the formula.

@@@ Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya (Stonetree, 2017) Last track of the day, also off the WRIR weekly playlist email, and also a mash of world music sounds and electronic sounds.  After the marimba intro it widens out into a full large ensemble track with guitars, horns, and big drums.  The singer gets into reggae stylings though not copycat and sung in Spanish.   It’s a pretty fat laidback summer track, well put together with interesting sounds.  I’ve done some Google pimping and I think the tune is about recognizing the indigenous Maya by changing Guatemala to Guatemaya.  I can’t really disagree with that and heightens my respect for the track.

YTD recordings listened to: 492
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 257
Not good music: 206

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 8/9/18!!! Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Oxlip, Bootlicker

@@@ Lemon Bucket Orkestra: If I had the Strength (Six Degrees, 2018) I got to this mash of world musics via the WRIR music review email.  There is only one pre-release single available on the Apple Music and it’s flavorful.  A large ensemble crashing through an uptempo track.  The bass part is held down by a tuba which is a huge plus for me as I’m single handedly bringing back the tuba with my love for it.  About 80 seconds in the tune slows down and a female singer moans her way into the proceedings.  She’s literally moaning, I’m not being a dick.  I could not find this track, Heroes, on the GooglePimpTube.  The tune continues to meander through different sections and I like the playing and the large amount of instruments.  At 4 minutes it regains steam so this is a slow jam sandwich — 90 seconds of manic on both ends with slow jam in the middle.

@@@ Oxlip: Wolves! Cried The Maid (World Peach). I got to this recording and the next one via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Apple Music has this slotted as singer songwriter and it is that but it sports a British pastoral folk vibe with a lot of reverb.  There is some modern instrumentation (a little distorted guitar tucked in the back of a bunch of tunes) but it is a Lord of the Rings/white supremacy mix of instruments.  I’m not saying she’s a white supremacist, it’s a white sound with traditionally wypipo instruments.  It’s got passing similarities to Richard Thompson but it’s not as depressing and there’s no virtuosic guitar work.  However it’s connected to that part of the world.  It’s not my favorite style of music but it’s really well done if you want a walk with the fairies and the gnomes.

@@@ Bootlicker – Who Do You Serve? (Slow Death, 2018) We switch gears to some heavier business.  This is 6 songs in 9 minutes so I’m guessing, oh yeah, this is some old school hardcore punk business.  Put some rocket fuel in the tank and go for a ride.  Simple shit played at really high tempos with crusty ass bass sounds, lots of ill, spilled distorted guitars and a hardcore singer.  There are no ballads here, it’s set ’em up and knock ’em down.

YTD recordings listened to: 463
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 238
Not good music: 193

Best: 8
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 8/7/18!!! Clau Aniz, Out of Nations, Death Cab for Cutie

@@@ CLAU ANIZ: Filha de mil Mulheres (Minty Fresh, 2018) This is some Brazilian music with indie flavorings that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  There is also a Latin Jazz vibe up in here as well so it’s a somewhat wide mash of influences here.  The trumpet is holding down that mellow jazz thing while there’s delayed and slack rock guitar sound floating around.  This is a 63 minute record where the tunes average around 6 minutes so the pace is measured and mellow.  Female singer, slow tempos, plenty of hand drumming and space rock guitar — that’s the formula.  It’s a bit adult alternative to me.

@@@ OUT OF NATIONS: Quest (Riverboat, 2018) I try to check out Riverboat releases of African music as I think they’re a solid imprint.  There is only a pre-release single up on the Apple Music and it’s a mash of ‘early ‘80s disco funk and smooth jazz.  Wow, not your typical thing these days.  I’m gonna google this outfit as the cover is showing mostly white musicians and I’m thinking this is a North African/French thing.  Be right back…oh boy these folks are from all over.  NYC, Cairo, Beirut, Berlin, it’s a basket of folks.  I wish I liked smooth jazz more but I dig the hand drumming and the aspirations of this pre-release track.

@@@ Death Cab for Cutie: Autumn Love (N/A, 2018). A mainstream rock single masquerading as indie rock.  This is a version of a Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish, or even a Justin Bieber tune.  I’m now remembering why Death Cab for Cutie has been one of my least favorite indie bands.  It’s so discretely saccharine it makes your teeth hurt.  You get some peppy drumming, some oh oh oh ohs, some intricate Dirty Projectors’ guitar work but alas this is for others and not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 234
Not good music: 192

Best: 8
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 7/25/18!!! Phronesis, Moskus, Makru

@@@ Phronesis: We Are All (Edition, 2018) I saw this jazz outfit mentioned in a twat on the Twatter.  This is a pre-release track from an upcoming full length and it opens very pretty and slow with piano and bowed bass.  It is a piano trio (duh piano, bass and drums) and I hear more than a bit of prog rock/quasi-classical melodic leanings and theatrics up in here.  To my ears it sounds tightly arranged/composed over the course of its nine minutes.  It eventually explodes into an uptempo piano solo with the rhythm section right behind his/her giant keyboard runs.  It goes out mellow with a solid bass solo.  If you like some prog swirled up in yer straight jazz well then….

@@@ Moskus: Ulv Ulv (Hubro, 2016)  I saw a new disc from this out jazz outfit listed on the London Jazz News but found this one on the Apple Music to stream.  I know a fair amount about the free jazz scene but haven’t heard these guys so I’m going to have to hit the GooglePimp.   I can see these guys are a trio from Norway and there’s a woman in the band.  They are listed as piano, bass and drums but I hear other instruments in there.  I’m greatly enjoying this ambient and spacious improvisation.  There is variation to the pieces as well as some humor but the playing is unexpected and substantive.  This is great music and I will circle back to listen to the full record when I have more time but I’m pretty certain this will be on my best of year list.  Check it out.

@@@ Makru: Tu Mission (Self-released, 2018) I got to this world music record via a world music publicist funny enough.  I don’t read these bios carefully but it is a record by a Spaniard that moved to San Francisco.  I hear a lot of reggae influence, Spanish romantic music in the horn lines, and other influences.  It is a proud mash of styles that is executed well.  I like the female singer and the concious vibes of the record.  While there are a variety of musical influences an emphasis on melody runs through the tunes.

YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 226
Not good music: 189

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, Moskus

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