@@@ Elida Almeida: Forti Dor (Lusafrica, 2017) A mellow African pre-release single off an upcoming full length. Nylon guitars, piano, string swells, and light beats are featured. Almeida has a really nice voice, not soaring but sweet with a little gravel. I have no preference for soaring voices. Almeida sings in Portuguese so it pushes the vibe more into a world music neighborhood rather than an African one. The tempo is medium, the energy is mellow and it’s a super pretty tune.
@@@ Otis Reed: Why Would I (Palmtree, 2017) Somebody who started to follow this here blog does a fortnightly playlist and as it’s multi-genre and I’m super into the multi-genre I thought I would check it out. This is a hip hop tune and it’s neither left field nor mainstream. The beat is mid tempo and lighter rather than heavier with mellow keyboard vamps. Lyrics are conscious and two MCs take turns on the mic and there is a female background singer. It’s all right thought it doesn’t really stand out in my mind.
@@@ LADAMA: Compared to What (Six Degrees, 2017) Some world music/funk I got to via the same fortnightly playlist. Stream of consciousness lyrics with political flavors, uptempo conga, a tight repeating bass line, a horn section and a periodic guitar figure. It’s a brisk tune and self-righteous. Check it out you may dig it.
YTD recordings listened to: 639
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 270
Honorable Mentions: 6
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