@@@ Prefuse 73: Sacrifices (Lex, 2018) Left field hip hop off this week’s All Music notable release email. Definitely left field sonically and well done on this second tune, late to the Party. String arrangements with keyboards that sound more than a bit Beatle-esque psychedelic. The third tune is not really hip hop at all with a female singer and aggro keys. Ah, in a classic music biz mishap this record is labelled as hip hop in the All Music email but is listed as an electronic record on Apple Music. It really is much more of an electronic record than a hip hop record. I don’t love the songs but the sounds are pretty high end and the production well done.
@@@ ACTRESS: Lageos (Ninja Tune, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The record is done with the London Contemporary Orchestra and what you hear in this first track is mash of electronic sounds — pops, clicks and percussive noises blended and swirled with chopped up orchestral bits. I was getting ready to give a big thumbs up to this record on conceptual grounds when the third tune goes full video game soundtrack with percussive howitzers going off — it’s pretty not great. I’m on the fourth tune and each track is pretty far from the one before so that’s great if you’re good with some clunkers like the third tune.
@@@ Belly: What You Want (with the Weeknd) (Roc Nation, 2018) A bittersweet summer tune that kicks off summer? That’s what it sounds like to me. The more important question here is why is the Weeknd such a big deal? I’ve never heard anything that blew me away. This is an interesting and not super engaging blend of pop and hip hop and FM radio ready baby food. Smooth is the key word here.
@@@ G-Easy: Power (RCA, 2018) Both this tune and the one above are up in the Apple Music hot tracks section. My favorite line is ‘you ain’t go no power cuz your pussy’s dry’. It’s a celebration of cash and cars with plenty of pop bounce. The trippy panning sample steals the mix for my ears, the vocal hook is pretty stupid and the bass and beats are solid B grade. It is more than a bit confusing to hear folks go full Trump on a track when they probably despise his actions while celebrating their own similar ones, but the world is complicated.
YTD recordings listened to: 288
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 151
Not good music: 128
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, 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, Dona Onete, 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, Los Texmaniacs