@@@ Elaquent: Worst Case Scenario (Urbnet, 2016) Some left field hip hop off this week’s CFUV weekly email. He’s got a real nice rhythmic undercarriage on this first tune but we are rhyme free as of now. This may be, for the most part, a rhyme free record. I’m digging this second tune, Gyoza (clipped below) it’s really quite splanky. The double hi hat patterns are confounding and engaging. This is some funky quiet storm vibes here with smoothness and very sophisticated instrumental hip hop arrangments. He has some vocal samples but no MC to speak of.
@@@ Iron Reagan: Crossover Ministry (Relapse Records, 2016) I dig Iron Reagan, not solely because of their name but it is a hot name. Not quite as hot as Thatcher’s Cunt, a hardcore band out of the UK, but hot nonetheless. 18 songs in 28 minutes so these are gonna be commando style metal biscuits for your earholes. They are an equal blend of hardcore and metal — big shout out hardcore vocals but a metal drum sound and most definitely a metal guitarist.
@@@ Dub Kartel: Dub Kartel (Self-released, 2016) Also off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. Some roots reggae with uplifting lyrics on this first tune. The singer is a toaster with a lot of energy on the microphone so maybe he’s mixing his spleef smoking with generous amounts of Red Bull. After sampling four of the tunes I like some of the sounds here, but I’m not a huge fan of the singer. Others might feel him but I will stick my old Burning Spear records.
YTD recordings listened to: 89
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 51
Not good music: 28
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, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco