@@@ Zayn & Taylor Swift: I Don’t Want to Live Forever (Universal, 2016). There are 365 days in the year and those days when Tay Tay drops new music have to be the most exciting days of the year. I don’t want to say it’s like taking a shit and having an orgasm at the same time because that’s not societally acceptable but it’s something like that. Let’s get over the nerves and peep this super awesome biscuit. Oh Zayn, you breathy hottie, I can barely sit still. We got fingersnaps and whoa hos — he’s gonna keep calling your name until you come home. And here’s the Tay Tay, and she’s wondering if she lost the love of her life. I know Tay Tay dreams of being the skinny white sex queen but she’s not hot. She is faux hot as in she’s trying but I don’t buy it; she’s passionate in an extremely corporate manner. Now this dude Zayn is mad poofy (not as in gay, just poofy like a cheese doodle) and he sounds like he’s more into it than her. Poor cold Tay Tay wanting something she can never get. Prince was passionate, hardcore punk is passionate, Tay Tay is afraid and pretending.
@@@ Smino: blkswn (Zero Fatigue, 2016). An interesting hip hop single from the Apple Music hot tracks section. There is a trippy tremolo keyboard progression as the major sonic component of the arrangement and Smino does his thing, where he has a very unpredictable and interesting flow on the microphone. He’s pretty much interested in the guarantee which is what promoters pay for musicians to show up and perform. The beats are really good but it’s the unpredictable rhythms of his microphone work that stand out here. I would peep more Smino and you should as well.
@@@ Equiknoxx: Bird Sound Power (DDS, 2016). This is the #48 record on the Album of the Year website list (albumoftheyear.org) of best records of 2016. To my ears it is an update on Jamaican dancehall, but this is labelled as juke. In this second tune a more distinct mash comes through — there are some abstract sounds over a somewhat unorthodox beat. I’m not sure you could really call this dance music — the beats are somewhat mangled and unusual and it’s layered over with random sounds. It’s mostly abstract electronic music with some dance roots that don’t show much. That could be keyboards or some mechanical noises, some synth bass.
@@@ Jambinai: Hermitage (Bella Union, 2016). Some South Korean post-rock also off the album of the year best of 2016 list. It’s a bit math-y, and a little grunge-y, and a wee bit metal. It’s mostly guitar based energy rockin’ but there are some small interesting twists. Maybe a traditional South Korean stringed instruments and other Asian flavored moments. They do a really good job of making post-rock their own and I respect that.
YTD recordings listened to: 969
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 541
Not good music: 368
Honorable Mentions: 21
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest