@@@ Klara Lewis: Too (Editions Mego, 2016) We are still chewing through best of 2016 lists as January is not a fruitful time for new releases. This opening tune is some minimal loops with some pong-y percussion with drone sauce. Ooh, I like this second piece — it’s got some nice metal percussion with a clicky motor sound and some tasteful synth like blasts. She’s got a nice rotation to these sounds to keep the piece fresh. This third tune, the title track, has a bit of mechanical funk and a curtain of background sounds. I like the portions of this dark ambient record I’ve heard thus far and need to swing back on it. Slow tempos with well arranged and interesting loops.
@@@ Peder Mannerfelt: Controlling Body (Peter Mannerfelt, 2016). Also off the Quietus best of 2016 list. It is slotted as dance music but it’s not dancing yet. This is pretty abstract, beat-less electronica. I dig it, but let’s peep more of this bad boy. He’s got some thump (no Trump!) and a chopped up vocal sample in this second track. Also a snare roll and a quasi-dancehall beat slightly mangled. You go Peder. I’m on the third tune and this is not a standard booty shaker dance record. He’s got some undercover beats going but he’s got a lot of abstract loops going as well.
@@@ Eric Gales: Carry Yourself (Mascot Label, 2016). Some modern electric blues from the hot tracks section of Apple Music. This is an advance from a late March full length. Gales has plenty of wah wah on his guitar and a smooth but not soft voice. Pretty standard rock drums, he’s actually working the mic pretty loverboy style in this tune. Ah, burning Buddy Guy style guitar solo. It’s a good tune, his voice stands out most.
YTD recordings listened to: 6
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 4
Not good music: 1
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis