@@@ NOUVELLE VAGUE | I Could Be Happy (Kwaidan / !K7, 2016) A Portugese music record done by some French dudes that I got to via this week’s WRIR weekly charts. This first tune is a lush sophisticated pop burner reminiscent of K.D. Laing’s early music. The female singer is sultry. The second tune, Love Comes in Spurts (yikes, are we doing phrasing?) introduces some hipster French pop influences busting out the extraterrestial organ. It’s a tad hip for my tastes. Let’s peep one more. I’m thinking this third tune, I Wanna Be Sedated,and it is! an acoustic non-punk version of the Ramones classic. Slack snare work, some minimal guitar playing and the singer milking the mic for all she’s worth. I like this but it’s for people that dress up and want to wear their hipness readily. My shit is ghetto.
@@@ SHADOW: Sweet Sweet Dreams (Analog Africa, 2016) A soca record also off this week’s WRIR charts email. I can see from the Bandcamp blurb that this is a re-issue of a way ahead of its time record from 1984. I hear that as it’s a mash of Caribbean music, but also some African vibes and other sounds that would end up becoming very familiar to listeners. ’80s pop, a little taste of what became EDM and African electronica. The songs are all 4 and one half minutes or longer so these are more on the slightly jammy side than the poppy side.
@@@ Post Malone: Stoney (Republic/UMG, 2016) You gotta have a snack of mainstream nuggets once in a blue so why not now? This dreaded, tatted young man is supposed to be a triple threat of folk, hip hop, singing, guitar and rhyming. This first tune is high on cough syrup and low on energy. Let’s give Post Malone another peep though I do dig the fat booty bass and beats that break out a third of the way through. This second tune has some club pubes but I’m noticing I don’t like Mr. Malone’s vocal stylings. We should check this third tune as Justin Bieber is on this third tune. You know you love the Beebs you bitches. Hopefully they tongue kiss on this anthem. I do think Malone and Beebs both share this loverboy/gangsta pose and I find both to be less than convincing. This is a halfway X rated slow booty tune. Here’s the Beebs, Oh Lord what talent! It’s coming out his ass. This is some cheese ass gangsta balladry by two soft as butta motherfuckers. Post Malone, I done with you.
YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 32
Not good music: 13
Honorable Mentions: 0
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