@@@ The Chainsmokers: Memories…Don’t Open (Disruptor/Columbia, 2017) On the Apple Music store it describes this mainstream electro record as the sound of domination in 2017. That’s quite a bold statement and as it’s seder season that is a helluva matzoh ball hanging out there. This first tune is a cheesy electro piano ballad — it’s not quite a bleu cheese that’s been left outside on a table on a summer day, it’s more of a mozzarella at an underfunded pizza place. Cheese with some other chemical shit in it. Oooh, robot sounds and gingersnaps, there’s nothing I like more! This second tune, Break Up Every Night, has more of a rock feel with a pulsing synth bass and some Bon Jovi arena background vocals. This third is hitting now and we’re back on the piano, yikes. No good. I certainly hope this is not the sound of world domination because these are some punkass cliche sounds. No freshness fellas, no funk, just a boatload of cheap pizza toppings. These guys should re-christen themselves the cheesemakers. Christ.
@@@ Mack Wilds: After Hours (Empire, 2017) Some r&b/soul off the new music section of Apple Music. The most interesting aspect of this first tune is the doo wop vocal loop he’s got going. Wilds has a loverboy approach on the microphone with the arrangements dominated by multiple vocal tracks and synths. I like this third tune Senses far more than anything in the first two tunes, he shoulda opened the record with that tune.
YTD recordings listened to: 233
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 126
Not good music: 87
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