Music for 2/21/20!!! David Walters, Shine I Dub, Macka B

DAVID WALTERS | Soleil Kreyol | (Heavenly Sweetness, 2019) All three of today’s listens are off WRIR’s weekly playlist email.  Let me get a little info on this artist but to my ears I’m thinking he’s got some connection with Haiti.  His label is in Paris and the description for his record says he aims for a global music that namechecks the Caribbean.  The bandcamp page for his record has Marseilles France as his location.  The beats here don’t sound particularly Jamaican or Trinidadian so I’m going with Haiti feels.  It’s a smooth first tune that would fall easily into a world/lounge/electro category.  Plenty of vocal chanting, laidback keyboard work and plenty of percussion to go around.  It’s a tad too smooth for my taste but I’m just one human up in here.  Seun Kuti is on the third track and it’s a party track but not distinctly Afrobeat while having some really nice single line guitar playing and a pumping shuffle beat.  I can see this record working for folks who like a very polished world music experience.

Shine I Dub: Militant| (Shine I Dub, 2020)  Some updated dancehall with roots reggae feels I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  There’s a guest toaster named G Whizz and the sounds are by these guys Shine I Dub.  Out of Italy I think.  It’s mostly electronic sounds, including prominent synth action.  I like the beats, they’re pretty standard with a slight march tinge to them, the synth bass is a little lower than what you would expect from a reggae track.  G. Whizz is all right — high energy and bounce on the microphone.

@@@ Macka B: Cucumba to di World (Peckings, 2020) What I thought was a penis reference is in actuality a vegan reference.  It’s all about the fruits and vegetables in this old school bouncy reggae number.  Fun as it is, Macka B. can work the microphone with the skills of a veteran.  This is a great combination of a modern theme done with old school style.  It’s mad dancehall party activism.

YTD recordings listened to: 125
Good music, not list worthy: 74
Not good music: 51

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, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

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 1/24/20!!! Africa Express, Kool Keith, K. Flay, Four Tet

Africa Express

This record is off an All Music notable release email from last fall.  I save them and check them out a bit after release date.  Africa Express is a UK non profit bringing African and Western musicians.  Great, but thus far I’m not into the tunes.  The second tune, The City, is a world music electro with an emphasis on South African flavors.  There are a lot of musicians up in this record and I find that a bit disorienting.  I like some of the sounds but overall it’s not really my thing.

Kool Keith

I’m a fan of Mello Music Group and I try to check out their releases if I have the time.  Kool Keith is super old school and these tracks are decidedly and proudly retro.  Track Two, Foot Locker is a refreshing change in attitude and sound from today’s menacing trap.  Oh no, quite pornographic, get ready for that level of detail as he gets quite intimate with a female employee at Foot Locker.  Kool Keith is a nut with titles such as Graceland and Holy Water and he seems quite interested in tight pants in his vicinity.

K Flay

I don’t know how Apple Music has this slotted as alternative and All Music has it as Alternative Rap.  It’s pop and the deception is noted what a load of shit business that can’t describe its own product accurately.  I’m guessing it is the justified sense of shame in trafficking in this sort of shopping mall shit that leads music execs to relabel pop cheese as alternative rap.  Dirtballs.

Four Tet: Baby (Text, 2020)  Four Tet up on the Apple Tracks in near the top!  It’s a stripped down/chopped up techno dancefloor banger with a little glitter sauce up on there.  The song title and the vocals center around a vocal phrase that gets chewed up in the middle and then served over lush keyboard sounds.  It’s all right, not jump up and down material but it’s well put together and focused.  It segues to bird chirps and a babbling stream which is a bit odd before it goes back to the core.  Let’s call that a tinkle break!

YTD recordings listened to: 69
Good music, not list worthy: 38
Not good music: 29

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

Music for 1/17/20!!! Locobeach, Sonora Casion, Aleks di Roma, Batunga and the Subprimes

LOCOBEACH | Psychedelic Disco Cumbia (Dorsal Fin/Peace & Rhythm, 2019)  There’s a lot of cumbia floating around which is great as it’s a fine musical form easily updated for today’s modern ears.  Or post modern ears.  These guys focus on the guitars and the retro organ, both of which are catchy as shit here.  A smooth singer comes in and pops a crooner’s vibe into the steady rhythms and melodic playing.  They get into some disco type action, some lounge business, and a wee bit of dub and some rock but I’m on the fifth tune and the singer has been on one track.

SONORA CASINO | Trompeteros (Vampisoul, 2019) All of today’s listens come from WRIR’s weekly email.  This is a reissue of a 1972 record that comes out February 7th so it’s not up on Apple Music though the original 1972 release is up there.  Mad confusing.  I will give it a short peep and then probably see if they remastered the record after it comes out in February.  This is high end party music — pumping horns and a flamboyant singer with mad percussion and piano.  It’s a crowded mix for sure and it’s a full on party!  I will return to this after the reissue comes out but these guys will get fannies out on the dancefloor.

ALEKS DI ROMA | Alma Del Sur (self-released, 2019)  An updated take on romantic, nylon guitar driven Latin music.  A little melancholy trumpet on the first track and some pleasant singing on these first two tracks.  I like the trumpet and the singing but I don’t like the adult alternative/smooth jazz vibes that creep up here and there.  Born in the Ukraine but living here most of his life (googled his bio) you gotta give props to somebody making a huge cultural leap out of their love of a certain musical style.

BATUNGA AND THE SUBPRIMES | “Gates Of Ouantou” [Single] (Matasuna, 2019)  A retro and militant Afrobeat with a little Santana swirled up in there.  Rhythmic and on fleek horn work with some organ and guitar panned out to the sides to fill out the track.  All instrumental and poppin.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not list worthy: 30
Not good music: 20

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

 

Music for 1/16/20!!! Saigon Soul Revival, El Wali, Jouwala Collective, Alefa Madagascar, Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia

SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL | Hoa Am Xura (INFRACom! 2019)  Today’s listens come to you from WRIR’s weekly playlist email.  Here we have a Vietnamese band doing an old school hippie blues/soul thing in their own language.  Wild!  The playing and the singing is energetic and they even rock a horn section.  I congratulate these musicians for learning a musical style they must have gotten obsessed with.  Outside of the ear catching juxtaposition that you’re listening to Blues Traveler or the Blues Brothers sing in Vietnamese I don’t love listening to it.

 

EL WALI | Tiris (Sahel Sounds, 2019) Regular readers know that I’m super into African music.  Let me peep some geographical/biographical info on these guys.  On bandcamp they describe themselves as being from Western Sahara which I guessed but I will leave it at that.  The singer sounds very devotional and passionate the playing is less desert blues and even sports a few synth flavors.  I like the way the synths change the listener’s perception of the music but it does soften the proceedings.  Ah, these are programmed drums so this is a lo fi indie African thing and is not designed to be a rocking live band record.  It doesn’t sound lo fi but it does have a programmed sound of a bedroom project.

JOUWALA COLLECTIVE | Bazaar (self-released, 2019)  A collective of musicians in Virginia doing a blend of Gnawa music (in the Morocco area) mashed up with other musical influences.  A little jam rock, a whole bunch of world music and maybe a pube of New Age business as well.  I like the upbeat tunes more than the slow jams and the fourth tune, Samawi the best of what I heard.  That’s a fat track.

ALEFA MADAGASCAR: SALEGY, SOUKOUS AND SOUL FROM THE RED ISLAND 1974-1984 | various artists (Strut, 2019)  Apple Music says this is a peek into ’70s and ’80s music on Madagascar.  To my ear they were a rocking with a funky African vibe.  I like this compilation as it’s busting out with retro rock energy.  Check it out!

JAMBU E OS MITICOS SONS DA AMAZONIA | various artists (Analog Africa, 2019) A compilation of music from Northern Brazil which has strong ties back to African culture due to the legacy of slavery.  Oh man, this first tune is hot, uptempo with outstanding singing.  I’m on the fifth tune and though I’ve thought Analog Africa has been a bit of an overrated imprint this record is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  This record looks to be going onto my list of best of year.

YTD recordings listened to: 46
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 18

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

 

Music for 1/15/19!! Nikanor, AceMo

@@@ Nikanor – Bajo El Sol (Rebel Up, 2020)  A cumbia record out of Brussels Belgium that I got to via an email from the label.  In my mind that there’s no way European folks out cumbia the New Yorkers who are up in it but this is pretty good.  Smooth and rocking and rhythmic with a nice blend of rock and Latin flavors.  I’m on the third tune and it’s quite a good example of what I’m talking about.  Tun Tun is the track.

@@@ AceMo: Existential (AceMo, 2019) I got to this techno via a twat on the twatter. I don’t see this track up on the Apple Music so we’ll be forced to peep this 9 minute dancefloor banger via shitty ass GooglePimpTube mono. It’s building a wall of rhythm with some synths on top of that. I like the rawness and simplicity of the beat work. It’s clunky down below with the drum machine arrangement and it’s hypnotic and a bit trippy on the upper half with the synth circling. I like this track, it’s solidly put together and makes sense.

YTD recordings listened to: 43
Good music, not list worthy: 27
Not good music: 18

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

Music for 1/2/20!!! Bomba Estereo, Miramar, Dubioza Kolektiv, Los Bitchos, Jamesy P.

Today I will be listening to the top 5 singles from the world music station WRIR in Virginia.  It is a great independent world music radio station and should be supported.

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@@@ Bomba Estereo — Colombian cumbia with other influences including rock and psych.  Major label production, a big bombastic party single.  I like the guitar parts and the beat, but I find the lyrics pretty repetitive.

@@@ Miramar: Salida (Daptone, 2019) These guys went from Brooklyn label Barbes in 2016 to the wayback time machine sound of Daptone in 2019.  It is decidedly retro and the recording technology makes the tune sound like a re-issue from back in the day.  I dig the formula of romantic world/Latin music with lounge and rock flavor packs but this doesn’t have me jumping up and down.

@@@ Dubioza Kolektiv & Manu Chao: Cross the Line (Menart, 2019)  A collaborative that mashes up a lot of sounds — Eastern European Gogol Bordello flavors, reggae, Latin music, etc.  It’s about border crossings and the right to cross borders.  Like the first track very bombastic sounds, power chords, dancefloor and dancehall sounds, with a little dubwise.  I like the topic, I don’t love the beats or some of the cheesy sounds.

@@@ Los Bitchos: Pista (Self-released, 2019)  More Latin business!  5 women from London rocking tequila and cumbia feels, that’s their bio.  A pleasantly organic sound to the track with a bit of not giving a fuck to the sounds and the playing which makes it more partyistic.  Fuzzy guitars, some not, exclamatory singing, piles and piles of guitars.  Could be the highlight of the day for my ears.

@@@ Jamesy P: Soca Land (Monk/Soca Universe, 2019)  Off a compilation on Apple Music it’s a full Caribbean dancefloor monster shot.  Mr. P hits the mic with maximum energy and percussive/rhythmic background.  It’s a modern update on the soca sound with call and response vocals and synth horns.  A cup of coffee for your ears.

YTD recordings listened to: 10
Good music, not list worthy: 5
Not good music: 5

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