@@@ Major Lazer: Run Up (featuring Nikki Minaj) (Mad Decent, 2017) I think it’s cool to see dancehall Caribbean rhythms hit the mainstream but the Justin Bieber loverboy butter merchant on the mic is not great. The sounds are hot but the vocals, outside of Minaj, are pretty weak. I think the male singer may be this guest dude PARTYNEXTDOOR which is a fairly HORRIBLE name for a vocalist. She most definitely raises the temperature on the track but she makes the WETPAPERTOWELNEXTDOOR sound SOGGY. Great sounds, pick your singers better.
@@@ Kreator: Gods of Violence (Nuclear Blast, 2017) Some heavy metal off last week’s All Music notable release email. It’s a full on Hollywood soundtrack intro before it launches into a classic metal smashup with a great drum sound. These guys sound like a super hopped up version of the Scorpions from back in the day. The band is medium rough but they sure have a love affair with arena rock sounds. This third tune, Satan is Real, could be a Metallica tune with a light sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
@@@ Emptyset: Borders (Thrill Jockey, 2017) Some experimental electronic also off this week’s All Music notable release email. It opens with a throbbing bass sound and a parallel rattle and some buzz sauce. It’s looped and it’s a nice mash of sounds with some chopping and rhythmic elements coming in. The second tune, clipped below, brings a higher tempo with some bounce but still plenty of rattle and buzz. I like the opener more but as it unfolds it gets more chopped and sliced which is stylish. This is an interesting combination of accessible rhythms and medium unpleasant sounds. These pieces don’t sound fully baked to my ear but I don’t mean that in a bitchy way, I could just use a little more.
YTD recordings listened to: 76
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 46
Not good music: 23
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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof