@@@ Forro in the Dark: Sandcastle (Nacional, 2017) Some popping Brazilian music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. This first tune features some great hand drumming, trippy melodic guitar work and an energetic singer. I see from the GooglePimp that these are Brazilian expats in New York city. Ooh, this second tune is starting out hot as well — excellent percussion with some wicked flute over the top. Please don’t tease me, be an awesome record all the way through. The third tune sports vocals and it’s a narrative about a lawyer in New York — it’s a sophisto cabaret kinda track. The fourth tune is back to an instrumental, which I prefer and I will check this whole record when I have a chance.
@@@ Kondi Band: Tit Dem Doo Service (Strut, 2017) A pre-release single I got to via the same WRIR playlist email. This is a small ensemble track with some fairly furious thumb piano, a singer with some backup and simple drum accompaniment. As the tune grooves towards the finish line there are some very light and tasteful synth accents and a more urgent floor drum/foot tap. I would check out more of this record when it comes out.
@@@ While She Sleeps: You are We (Sharptone, 2017) Some mainstream drama metal off the Apple Music metal section. I think there are some Linkin Park records up in this band’s collection — they’re a tad rougher but it’s the same art school metal formula. The singer is upset, I get that, but I much prefer the working class heavy metal. This is the purdy boy business as far as I’m concerned.
YTD recordings listened to: 264
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 144
Not good music: 97
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, Forro in the Dark,