@@@ Jacque Greene: Feel Infinite (LuckyMe, 2017) Some house music out of Montreal via the CFUV weekly playlist email. This first tune is pretty standard if a bit light on the beats but it sports the standard minimalist vocals — oh there’s the beat. Solid bass, skinnier than hip hop. I didn’t really like the second track, the title track, as it grated on my nerves but the third tune is sweeter. This is the best of what I heard as it has a marimba type voice in the track and I like some world music sounds in my house yo.
@@@ Hoops: Routines (Fat Possum, 2017) Some mathy, nerdy guitar indie off this week’s CFUV weekly email. There are three pre-release tunes up and this first one has too much reverb on the singer’s voice and a tad too much chorus on the guitar. I don’t like this singer — I’m sure he’s an awesome person but I don’t dig his flow on the microphone.
@@@ Arca: Arca (XL, 2017) Some abstract music also off this week’s CFUV weekly email. This first tune focuses on a contrasting a descending vocal line with some tightly controlled feedback. I’m not sure where it’s going but it’s an interesting pairing of sounds. My fear is that this will collapse into some New Age-y electronic music but I hope I’m wrong. By the way, I’ve misplaced my glasses and I’m blind as an old fucking dog today so my spelling typos must be forgiven. This is dragging a tad, let’s move on. There are some prominent electronic elements but there are also strong classical sounds here. I like it okay, check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 256
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 139
Not good music: 95
Honorable Mentions: 1
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