@@@ NAO: For All We Know (Sony, 2016) Pop funk off Crack Magazine’s best of 2016. This first tune has some Prince vibes as it’s not a total synth arrangement. NAO has a sultry voice and good energy on this opener. I would say this record is pretty firmly rooted in early ’80s soul/funk. I like this but I will stick with 1999.
@@@ Jay Daniel: Broken Knowz (Technicolor, 2016). This record is called percussive house music in the same best of 2016 list I found the above record. It opens up with a slow building bass pulse with various small percussion elements — shaker, hand clap, etc. Let’s peep more as I didn’t get a great feel for where this is going. This is great background record as I hear it loping along as I peruse various interwebz concepts. It’s got a distinctly ethnic feel due to the hand percussion but the electronic components are complimented by these ancient hand percussion sounds.
@@@ Surgeon: From Farthest Known Objects (Dynamic Tension Records, 2016). Some more hardcore techno also off the Cracked list as we keep it all electronic today (except for NAO’s guitar player). A distinct and upfront chainsaw synth with a side of eerie squiggles on this opener. Sounds a bit like a NIN song but with more video game love in it. I’m not going to get too deep into the titles as they are all akin to the SKU-like number in the video below. These tunes are mostly 6 minute bangers and they have a dystopian Mr. Robot feel to them. This is not for shiny happy people, this is for people who like a touch of Drano in their burritos.
YTD recordings listened to: 24
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 15
Not good music: 5
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