Music for 11/15/18!!! Barro, J.I.D./J. Cole, J. Lo/Bad Bunny

@@@ Barro: Samos (self-released, 2018) Some Northern Brazilian music I got to via the weekly music reviews at WRIR in Virginia, a most excellent world music station.  It’s a blend of traditional modern Brazilian with some rock flavorings.  Also some hip hop, funk flavors. A pretty hip opening track.  The second tune gets into a more indie, feelgood vibe, but with more sophistication than 99% of indie folks out there.  There is a mellowness in this music that is not overdone and wilts the music.  The playing is tight and an interesting mash of rhythms and genre influences so it keeps itself fresh.  Big respect for how far afield the rhythm section reaches.  Check this out, it’s hip.

@@@ J.I.D. and J. Cole:  Off Deez (Interscope, 2018)  I’m a huge fan of J.I.D. — his microphone is just full on — witty, quick, all manner of flavors.  He comes out Red Bulled with his afro fully blown out on this single.  They paired his rhymes with a demented little surf rock guitar figure.  J. Cole starts slowly but he gets up in it.  It’s impossible to tell how gangsta the lyrics are because the shit is just flying past your ears.  I like this, this is super hot and fresh.

@@@ Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny: Te Gusta (Sony, 2018)  I’m not a huge Bad Bunny fan as I think he has a weird voice.  He sounds like he has some sort of bowel obstruction, but the last J Lo single I checked out was really good.  This is a loverboy track though I have no clue as I have zero Spanish skills but J Lo is in her underwear in the video below.  The sounds are very slick in a good way, it’s uber manicured Latino urbano, and I like it but he’s a bid of a bad burp.  Other folks who understand the lyrics might enjoy it a whole lot more.  I do all right for a gringo motherfucker but I’m not from around the block.

YTD recordings listened to: 641
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 347
Not good music: 254

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

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, 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, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Marianne Faithfull, Gouge Away, Barro

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Music for 10/29/18!!! Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band, Bokante and Metropole Orkest

@@@ BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND: Loga Fo Djelba (Sublime Frequencies, 2018)  There is just one pre-release track up on this African record I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  It is 8 minutes long and it’s a blend of old school African sounds and newer ones.  It has a kit drummer as well as hand drummers and a guitarist who takes a mellow long shred over a modern sounding bassline.  The singer is a gruff gent who gets into call and response with some background singers.  I’m most impressed by the drummer and the guitar player — excellent energy and interesting playing.  I would definitely listen to more of this record when all of it is released.

@@@ BOKANTE AND METROPOLE ORKEST:  What Heat (Real World, 2018)  This is an impressive mash of world musics.  A singer from Guadalupe, a Dutch big band that has been going since the 1940s and a jazz funk NYC outfit.  The result is a modern sounding collection with a large ensemble and an energetic singer that works in Creole.  It’s sophisticated in a sophisticated way, not your usual music publicist faux sophistication.  The tunes are all of a substantial weight with none under 5 minutes and instrumentation that varies from tune to tune.  A review at the Guardian says there’s too much going on which I’m pretty sensitive to but I see it differently.   The singer is the constant here and the sounds are to provide interesting backdrops for her.  There is a lot of percussion, and some oud, and a lot of string arrangements which make it coherent to my ears.

YTD recordings listened to: 604
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 323
Not good music: 245

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, Tim Hecker

Music for 10/19/18!!! The Jack Moves, Lea Love, PLANET

@@@ The Jack Moves: Red Lights (Everloving, 2018). Skate-funk (wha??) I got to via a music publicist email.  I guess when they mean skate, they mean roller rink skating and not skateboarding.  This is some mellow ass, quiet storm, loverboy shit with some funk.  It’s no monsoon of funk, it’s a white boy doing a modified blued eyed soul routine.  I like the bass player, I don’t love the guitar part, and the drummer needs a Red Bull.

@@@ Lea Love: No Feels (Mensch House, 2018). Some bouncy reggae also from a music publicist email.  This tune is at a very similar tempo but the beats are much beefier and Love brings the energy on the microphone.  One tune is funk and one tune is a reggae/soul explosion but the white boys should peep this and note the flavor pack.  They have some standard but interesting eq sweeps through the tune that momentarily sucks the high end out of the track and fades it back in.  It’s not the most amazing tune ever but it’s got motion and rhythm at a higher level than the track above.

@@@ PLANET: SAVE.SOLD (N/A, 2018)  I got to what I think is going to be a rock track off an online music magazine.  After an intro guitar it gets into an Oasis type thing with a lot of guitar chords/distortion and a white boy shuffle drum beat.  I like the vocal hook here ‘You tell me you’ve been saved, you tell me you’ve been sold’.  It’s got more than a bit of shoegaze dropped in there which lends not a melancholic vibe but a less rocking flavor.

YTD recordings listened to: 587
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 313
Not good music: 239

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet

Music for 10/5/18!!! Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, Black Symbol

@@@ PEREGOYO Y SU COMBO VACANA: Mi Buenaventura (Vampisoul, 2017) I’m guessing from the GoooglePimp video which has been uploaded for 6 years that this is a reissue from an old school Colombian band.  I’m not very bright but I got this right and these guys are smoking.  These guys were some of the first to combine Colombian folk rhythms with Cuban cumbia.  I love this music, it’s crazy soulful.  Great horn lines, all manner of hand drums, electric guitar sounds from back in the day, and fantastic singing.  I will end up putting this record on my best of year list for 2017 as it ticks all the boxes — great rhythms and high melodic content, energetic and passionate perofrmances, and a high soul factor.  Check it out!  It has a fantastically fuzzy bass sound which helps to drive the whole band.  It’s so wrong and so right at the same time.

@@@ BLACK SYMBOL: Mother Of Creation (Sugar Shack, 2018) A pre-release reggae tune off an upcoming full length.  It is a blend of old school roots reggae (in the vocals and the drums) but with a synth which is a pretty rare instrument to encounter in roots reggae.  I like the singer as he sounds a bit like Burning Spears Winston Rodney.  Weirdly, it is mostly old school roots with just splashes of synth.

YTD recordings listened to: 562
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 300
Not good music: 227

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana

Music for 10/2/18!!! Nina Kraviz, MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA, Motor City Drum Ensemble

@@@ Nina Kraviz: Opa (TRIP, 2018). A Russian female DJ that I got to via a promo email for the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.  Thus is a single off a compilation of what I assume are Russian and European techno producers.  It’s got a fair amount of industrial pounding with the kick drum, but there is a pleasant swirling insect sauce poured over that and the unrecognizably processed spoken word parts.  Clicky and kinetic providing a great sonic juxtaposition.  This is hypothetically danceable due to the kick but it’s more of an aesthetic — maybe if you were fucked in the head on gin and juice you could hit the dance floor.  I like the toughness of it, it almost gets into a metal vibe.

@@@  MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA: Devoid of Dimension, Pt. 1 (Live at Robert Johnson, 2017). I got to this electronic EP from the same promo email for the Brooklyn Electronic festival.  As with the tune above it opens up briskly but with some retro bouncy synth sounds that evoke early video games and early electronic.  It’s an 8 minute track so it introduces new sounds at a relaxed pace.  A hot hi hat, some more synth melody, it’s a big electro layer cake.  The second tune keeps the brisk tempo and retro sounds so that’s going to be core to the record, I believe.  I don’t love this bass sound but then he comes in with some simple electric piano chords that are very nice.  More layering and medium funk.  I like this without loving it.

@@@ Motor City Ensemble: Dekmantel 10 Years 10.2 (Dekmantel, 2018)

A German DJ who takes a Tony Allen track, breaks it down and then puts it back together.  I can get with that concept being a huge African music fan and an electronic music person as well.  Mr. Motor City retains the funk while he chops this tune into pieces.  I’m feeling this as it combines Afrobeat sounds with a more modern production technique.  This is the best of what I heard today, check it out.

YTD recordings listened to: 553
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 296
Not good music: 224

Best: 9
Honorable Mentions: 6

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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza

Music for 9/25/18!!! Sarazino, Atropolis

@@@ Sarazino: Mama Funny Day (Cumbancha, 2018) A pre-release single off this week’s WRIR world music playlist email.  There is only track to stream but a ton of guests so it’s gonna be very different sounding from track to track.  I would call this epic world music pop.  Huge sounding production, shiny with a big female vocal background choir that often hits the hook ‘Is there a place where we could go?’  It’s similar to what you might hear in a mainstream American self empowerment pop anthem just with Spanish lyrics and a few world music garnishments.  I know that’s not a word, I could care less.  There may be a place to go in outer space but you’re going to have to buy a ticket from Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos.

@@@ Atropolis: Shuffle Mode EP (Cumba Mela, 2018)  Also off an upcoming record and also off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  The tune is Violencia Politica, obviously a different tune from the track clipped below and I’m feeling it.  It’s modern electronic and funky with world music flavorings.  It mostly has a female singer rocking it in Spanish but there are other voices and the arrangement is sticky.  Very stylish sounds including sophisticated beats, elastic rubber funky bass.  This record is out in four days and I will most definitely check out more.  Midtempo with a thick stew of very good sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 541
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 286
Not good music: 224

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, Automatisme