@@@ Free 6Lack: 6Lack (LVRN/Interscope, 2016). Some dark hip hop with trippy touches off the Apple Music front page. After an ambient intro it gets into some tasty skitter with a tasteful pumping synth. Mr. 6Lack has a slack but not completely cough syrup flow. He also sings well in places. Really nice sounds thus far on this record, atmospheric and interesting. I’m on the third tune and this is the single that I think I’ve heard before. I’m going to have to swing back on this record — these are some of the best sounds I’ve heard on a mainstream hip hop record this year.
@@@ Pink Martini: Je dis oui! (Heinz Records, 2016). A tangy, ketchup-y cabaret indie record off this week’s All Music notable release email. Lyrics sung in French, a large band ensemble, hipster swing. This is perfect music for a holiday party hosted by a complete asshole. So smart, so purposely shallow…would you like some more champagne and stinky cheese, don’t mind the homeless people outside? Yes I’ve been trading SPDERS for a while now, how else do you think I afford the hookers and blow? Check out Charles Mingus if you want to hear some large ensemble brilliance.
@@@ Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit (Tompkins Square, 2016). Some instrumental rock from a guitar virtuoso; hey that’s what is said on this week’s All Music notable release email. At first I thought it was a record by that punk mouthed comedian Mandel, but that’s Howie Mandel and it’s another guy. The first tune is a mid tempo laid-back thing and this second tune Space Monkeys is similar with a bit more heat. He can play for sure, and I like his tone all right but I would refer young people to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s playing instead of this.
@@@ Nick Grant: Luxury Vintage Rap (Sony, 2016) A retro hip hop tune from an apparently rising hip hop star. I dig the whistle and the quick vibe break, Grant has big energy on the microphone and he works the vintage hip hop sound with style sans biting.
YTD recordings listened to: 920
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 512
Not good music: 348
Honorable Mentions: 15
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, Solange, Acid Arab, Xylouris White, Vadou Game, Michael Wollny/Vincent Peirani, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack