@@@ Seth Walker: Gotta Get Back (Royal Potato, 2016). Electric blues I got to via the weekly email from AllMusic. This is is white boy blues with more than a dash of New Orleans funk swirled up in there. The first song is super friendly and not particularly bluesy in vibe. The second tune is electric and the New Orleans is still there, which is good. I Wikepedia’d this guy and he’s not from New Orleans but this record seems pretty centered there. If you’re up for some party blues he will hook you up.
@@@ Isaiah Rashad: The Sun’s Tirade (Top Dawg, 2016). Mainstream hip hop off the Apple Music as we make sure we meet our black music quote. He’s working both sung vocals and rhymes and what I’ve heard thus far is more laidback. He’s got a lot of guests on this record including Kendrick Lamar who is everywhere. I’m gonna DuckDuckGo this guy cuz I’m hearing California/West Coast flavors here. And if I’m wrong I’ll pretend I’m not wrong. He’s from Tennessee so I was totally right! I like this third tune Free Lunch, let’s peep one more. This is some pretty high end hip hop/r&b and the sounds are really really well done. I like most of the sounds, maybe not all, and this guy is working a really interesting area.
@@@ Helen Money: Become Zero (Thrill Jockey, 2016). I saw this artist mentioned by the high quality Cali radio station KFJC and this is a single ahead of a September full length. It’s medium heavy with mournful fixed in and has sharp guitars juxtaposed with a piano part which has only appeared once so maybe I shouldn’t be pointing this out. It’s mostly a buzzy rocker.
YTD recordings listened to: 705
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 397
Not good music: 259
Honorable Mentions: 12
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