@@@ Chris Stapleton: Broken Halos (Mercury Records, 2017) A pre-release single that I chose to peep because music blogging honcho Bob Lefsetz shit his pants over this track. My first impression is that I’ve heard this chord progression 300 hundred times before. Otherwise it’s a decent track, Stapleton puts in a heartfelt vocal performance. I appreciate the lack of schmaltz as country music has gone full cheddar cheese but his vocals would benefit from some more unique band playing behind him.
@@@ Actress: AZD (Ninja Tune, 2017) An experimental techno record off this week’s All Music weekly email. The opening of this first tune sounds like a glass of ginger ale popping in a metal tunnel. I guess it’s a teaser. Okay we’re on to the second tune which sounds like a melted James Bond 007 theme with an ascending but modulated bass line and some salt water taffy synth clouds. Oh God, let there be more than this. I could use a beat motherfuckers. I’m not getting more, let’s peep a last track here. Okay we got a beat on this third track. It’s sort of a railroad/industrial beat with some chopped loop garnish. I don’t think this is for me and I think you might need to be high to enjoy this.
@@@ ELHAE: Aura II (Atlantic, 2017) Some electro r&b with strong hip hop influences that I got to via Apple Music new music section. Really fat bass sounds with half skitter beats and synth-centric arrangements. The first two tunes are booty call tunes and the singing has plenty of Autotune dolloped on. Personally, I’ve been spinning 6Lack’s record from last year, the arrangements are much more interesting in my opinion.
YTD recordings listened to: 251
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 137
Not good music: 93
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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms