@@@ clipping: Splendor & Misery (Sub Pop, 2016). Underground noise hip hop off this week’s All Music weekly email. The second tune, the first rap comes on brisk over some nice ambient waves and no beats yet. Wait, there are really two intro pieces and the first tune All Black is a scifi, video game kinda thing. The MC sounds a whole bunch like Propaganda. I like some of the sounds but the beats are weak. Some of the ambient sounds are most excellent but I would find the rhymes and the ambient squirgles much more compelling with some hot beats.
@@@ The Monochrome Set: Cosmonaut (Tapete, 2016). Also off this week’s All Music weekly email. I think these guys have been around a bit as I’m seeing records on the Apple Music all the way back to the 1979. It’s quirky Brit rock with jangly guitars and big meandering vocal melodies. A lot like The Coral, let me peepe their bio. Surreal lyrics with and catchy as fuck musical weirdness.
@@@ Zack De La Rocha: digging for windows (Sombra Sounds, 2016) An El-P produced track that’s featured on the front page of Apple Music. It’s a bit strange to hear De La Rocha doing his confrontational thing over a non-band groove. I like the use of delays in the track but the tune (to my ears) never lifts off. No big hook or chorus explosion.
@@@ St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Sea of Noise (RECORDS LLC, 2016). This is blurbed as hard grooving soul throwback inspired by ’70s funk legends but Imma feeling that might be a load of shit. Oh after a cheesy acapella intro they do get into something funky but I’m not feeling transported back to the ’70s. They’re going for a Sly Stone funk rock thing on this third tune but it’s a bit of a wet tortilla. They need a better drummer and they need some doobie in their funk. This is bologna and wonderbread funk for white folks. I wish I could say it wasn’t so but it be so.
YTD recordings listened to: 719
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 406
Not good music: 267
Honorable Mentions: 12
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes