@@@ Jidenna: Long Live the Chief (Sony, 2016). A off kilter gangster hip hop tune on the Apple Music front page. He’s got some good lines up in this joint — I can make a silver spoon out of a plastic one. You can sink or swim or be the captain — that’s a good one. The arrangement is pretty minimalist and electro, a bouncy springing synth and a standard funky beat. Good lyrics will always set you apart and Jidenna has them on this track.
@@@ DZAMBO AGUSEVI ORCHESTRA: Some Like it Hot (ARC, 2016) A Balkan brass record I got to via the WRIR weekly charts. The leader Agusevi is a trumpet player but these guys are trafficking in the full brass explosion, including a tuba player. Regular readers know that I’m a sucker for tuba on records, it’s super funky. These guys are not busting out with only traditional Balkan vibes. I can hear latin swing and r&b/Earth Wind and Fire stylings. High energy and big horn chops here.
@@@ SHIRO SCHWARZ: Street Beat (Booge, 2015) If you’re up for some retro ’80s funk this record will hook you up. I’m not sure why this artist is on the WRIR (world music) weekly charts but Imma guessing she’s not American. Hold up a second. Yes, she’s from Spain it looks like, she would be deported under President Cheese Doodle’s current plans. I went to Ms. Schwarz’s website and she’s all about the funky spaceship but I’m afraid I can’t make the journey. I’m more partial to the ’70s funk sounds. If I want ’80s funk I got 1999.
@@@ John Legend: Love Me Now (Sony, 2016). People love the John Legend because he’s a hottie and he’s got a hottie wife. This tune is a cheesy comet streaking across the sky, yowsa. Who’s gonna kiss her when he’s gone? I know I don’t care. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more cheesy they get into these huge call and response choir vocals. Yikes. John Legend must need a new Porsche because this tune is about getting paid — it’s certainly not about doing anything creative. I don’t love this now and I don’t anticipate loving this ever.
YTD recordings listened to: 800
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 449
Not good music: 300
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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Gorguts, Solange