@@@ Mykki Blanco: Mykki (Dogfood Music Group, 2016). I saw this hip hop record on a best of 2016 list and then clicked through I realized I had peeped his/her 2014 effort Gay Dog Food which I thought was entertaining and freaky. I’m not into Blanco for the gender politics, the rhymes are tight and the vibe is different. Blanco is raw, the lyrics are emotionally and graphically raw and I dig that. It”s more polished and polite than Gay Dog Food but the sounds are creative and Blanco does not stay in one place.
@@@ Eagulls: Ullages (Partisan Records, 2016). Also off Crack Magazine’s best of 2016 list. This first tune is some mid tempo epic Brit rock and it’s post punk as in it’s pretty mainstream? I’m hearing a lot of ’80s sounds, especially the guitar, the bass, and somewhat the drums. Think of this as a Cure record on some watered down Red Bull — it’s okay at what it’s trying to do but it’s not for me. If you want some mopey, drama guitar rock sidle on up.
@@@ Jessy Lanza: Oh No (Hyperdub, 2016). I’ve seen this alternative r&b on a wide variety of best of 2016 lists so it’s time for a peep. Ms. Lanza is being marketed as an up and coming producer. I’m not enthralled by the first tune’s arpeggiated video game synth but let’s hope it explodes into, oh it goes lovergirl. I didn’t see that coming. Let’s peep more. This second tune is sounding a lot like an old school Madonna dance floor jam — a little hip hop, some handclaps. Ah, one more tune but I’m not going to be out soon. That was the third tune, the Madonna jam, this second one is worse. I’ve seen this record in the top ten, yo what’s up with that?
YTD recordings listened to: 9
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 6
Not good music: 2
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