@@@ Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge, 2017) This world music outfit has two tunes up on the Apple Music and this record is reviewed this week by WRIR in Virginia. This first tune more than subtly bites Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop til you Get Enough’. As WRIR says in the review these guys are trying to leave the world music ghetto and they’ve filed a lot of edges down here to get to mainstream listeners. The energy is very high and the female singer is quite active on the mic. I dig the rhythm section on this tune as well. I guess I’m not feeling the synth hooks here, they’re not awful but they change the complexion and aspirations for the record.
@@@ Hunck: Little Women (Not sure, 2017) I’ve been getting mad publicist emails about this band Hunck so I will give a peep and maybe a Trumpian pee. Dance rock beats, medium strong ’80s rock vibes, and an aspiring porn star singer. I’m feeling the drummer as he’s pulling off the sleazy vibes, but the guitar player, eh not so much. Pretty standard stuff for the earholes.
@@@ D.O.C.: Parched Dredge EP (Iron Lung, 2017) Some rough, sped up metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Hardcore singer with a little caveman grunting, herky jerky sizzly guitars — quite an impressive wall of them actually. And the drummer, somebody get the drummer a beverage he’s drumming his nuts off. Thrashing about like a fish on the bottom of a boat. The bass player lays down a bed of sweet stanky bass. These are all 30 second to 1 minute blasts of hate, really quite well done.
YTD recordings listened to: 119
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 64
Not good music: 39
Honorable Mentions: 0
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