@@@ Mamadou Kelly: Djamila (Clermont, 2015) Kelly has a new album (I read on the WRIR review email) but his new one is not up on the Apple Music. I was going to flip to another record but then the female singer came on in the first tune and she’s pretty jarring. Upper register and contrasting strongly with Kelly’s low voice. I assume Kelly is singing. The other instrumentation is pretty standard save the electric organ which I dig and the guitar tones which I don’t love as much. The band is firm and laidback at the same time. I really like the female singer on this record and here’s a recent live clip.
@@@ Vieux Farka Toure: Homafu Wawa (Six Degrees, 2017) A single off an upcoming full length and though I don’t really love the way Six Degrees records sound sometimes (too polished) there’s no doubt Ali Toure’s son can shred. I thought it was a Rush tune at the opening. The star here is the guitar playing, he drops a big fat solo in the middle of the track and takes out most classic rockers with the back of his African hand.
YTD recordings listened to: 224
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 120
Not good music: 84
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, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab