@@@ The 4 Korners: Portal of Gold (Ropeadope, 2016) I saw this jazz fusion outfit is playing BAM in Brooklyn so I thought I would fight my anti-fusion prejudice and check these guys out. Instrumentation is guitar, keys, electric bass and drums and it is full on. Finger popping bass, epic rock guitar tones along side those super smooth synth sounds. There are rainfall samples at the beginning of a couple of tracks and I don’t really get the connection between rain and jazz fusion but it’s standard business here. The record sounds great with part jam, part rock, a little soft jazz all swirled up and extruded for your listening pleasure.
@@@ Cluster Lizard: Prophecy (Prostir Records, 2018) An electronica duo out of the Ukraine that I got to via an email from awesome indie radio station KFJC in California. Song titles such as Come from Forever, and You will Go Everywhere give you an indication of what the flavor of this record might be. It’s opening with a cathedral organ with sawtooth (again, sorry!) synth on top of it. A rhythm consisting of staticky spashes comes in and the whole tune is exploding outward. It takes a left turn out into a metallic percussion space and some rhythm-free out keyboard playing. And then it turns again with a drum beat, some urgent thumping bass and the aggro synths. So these are not going to be slow developing cloudy pieces, it’s gonna hop and pop. I’ve checked out portions of three pieces and like a bunch of songs but the I don’t need to hear all the sawtooth synths myself. I’m a fickle bitch.
@@@ Jah Division: Isolation Dub (Ernest Jenning, 2019) I got to this dub reggae cover of a Joy Division track from a music publicist email. It is a blend of old school and newer dub sounds with some pretty dubbed out synth sawtooth blasts ricocheting around. I’m enjoying a lot of the hi hat dubwise sparks as wells percussion run through the dub-a-lyzer. It’s a good track if a tad long. Go for the rhythms and stay for the dub effects.
YTD recordings listened to: 36
Good music, not list worthy: 24
Not good music: 11
Honorable Mentions: 0
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