@@@ Les Amazons D’Afrique: Dombolo (Real world, 2017) An electro-Afro single off this week’s WRIR weekly email. It’s got a pretty mean distorted descending thumb piano (?) melody and some very stylish syncopated vocal harmonies featuring Angelique Kidjo. It sports a well done dance beat and overall it’s a fat track.
@@@ Liniker E Os Caramelows: Remonta (Pomelo, 2016) Some Brazilian music also off this week’s WRIR weekly charts email. The title track (clipped below) opens up as a sort of Brazilian blues before it goes into a full ensemble circus rock kinda thing. It’s really quite nice — loose and both melodic and rhythmic. The arrangement is pretty sophisticated and entertaining. I’m on the third tune and it’s an interesting combination or hippie rock, cabaret music and a splash of indie quirk. I think this might be one of my indie rock picks for the year.
@@@ La Vida Boheme: La Lucha (Nacional, 2017) More world music, take that white people! This second tune (after the intro) is a blend of upbeat indie rock, a little rock, and rock en Espanol. It’s an interesting mix of sounds including the electro rock vibes, but I don’t really like synth rock when it’s done with English lyrics. It’s better in Spanish because I can space on the lyrics but these aren’t my favorite sounds. It’s very uplifting so if you’re in need of some lifting up check it.
YTD recordings listened to: 200
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 108
Not good music: 73
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee