@@@ Pippa: Sweetly (Samantha, 2016). Some slack indie with r&b flavorings that’s up high on the CFUV roots list. The second tune keeps the r&b inflected vocals and keyboard parts but it also brings in more electronic components and a lo fi bedroom vibe. I like parts of this mash but I could use more energy (or some purple drank).
@@@ Funky Destination: Funkadelic Stereo Adventures (Cold busted, 2016). Also off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email in the roots section. This first tune is funky but more of the world/lounge funk side and less on the black power/Funkadelic side. You’re looking at a huge Maggot Brain fan here. Oh, here come the big beats for the frat boys. Let’s peep more. The second tune, I Got Soul, moves over to the big soul band with full horn section vibe. I was kinda spacing out and browsing the righteous interwebz and the formula continues: high energy, party and lounge vibes.
@@@ Cavern of Anti-Matter: Blood Drums (Duophonic, 2016) I don’t know what’s up with this record as it’s dated 2013 on the Apple Music but it’s listed on this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m guessing re-issue and though I don’t usually go for the synth rock these guys come out of the gate tight and all right. Opening tunes can be deceptive as many albums fade so let’s peep more. This second tune, Soul Diamond flips the switch to a drone/Near Eastern long tone vibe and I feel this. I’m on the fourth tune and while this is not a neighborhood where I usually jump up and down these guys have a minimalist tightness to their tunes that I appreciate. B+/A- land here.
YTD recordings listened to: 38
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 26
Not good music: 10
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, Aethenor