@@@ Horse Thief: Trials and Truth (Bella Union, 2017). Some indie off last week’s All Music notable release mail. I don’t to wail on these guys right out of the gate but the singer is being way too cutesy for my taste in this first tune. Check it out as it’s clipped below. This is the kind of neither here nor there indie music that I can’t really get with. It’s really mainstream guitar pop, this would have been on a major label when major labels used to release music other than booty call anthems. It’s not quirky enough to be good indie and then it’s too mainstream for my ears.
@@@ Migos: Culture (Quality Entertainment/300 Ent, 2017) Some southern hip hop off last week’s All Music email. These guys caught a shout from Childish Gambino who has the golden touch this year. This second tune is trippier than the first tune which is more of a boasting tune. You get standard Southern beats here and some thick ass bass but the energy is concentrated on the MCs. It’s a three pack of MCs and they’re active and intertwined in their rhyming. I like this record, it’s not going on my list but it’s pretty hot. I would say it’s medium gangsta — definitely references to drug dealing and plenty of booty references so there’s your Tipper Gore moral overview.
@@@ Oto Hiax: Oto Hiax (Editions Mego, 2017). Experimental electronic off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune opens up big shiny with some under waves. That’s right. This second tunes starts to oscillate more and I like what I’ve heard thus far. I’m on the fifth tune right now and I’m feeling about half of these tunes. There’s a nice pace here, some interesting sounds with a nice blend of pretty with some aggro to offset that. If you have time and a streaming service check out a few tracks here.
YTD recordings listened to: 102
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 54
Not good music: 32
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, Tinariwen