@@@ Matthew Logan Vazquez: Does What He Wants (Dine Alone, 2017) I’ve heard Vasquez’s music before and almost put it on a year end list. This one opens up straight blues rock and I don’t like it much. The second tune is less rocking and more indie — I like it more but the third tune is back to the big rock. He has a good voice and the sounds are all right but it seems like a record designed to produce loot as it goes out of its way to be familiar.
@@@ Mr. Mitch: Devout (Planet Mu, 2017) This electronic musician out of London is being marketed as somewhere between grime and ambient. This first tune is a slow love song with lush synths and a delayed vocal line. In the second song, he breaks out the ping pong delay and gets to rhyming. The beats are not typical American hip hop and the piece has a sort of sci fi feel to it. Mr. Mitch appears to want to have delicate sounds on top of beats so when he drops the energy of the beats it feels ambient and when he goes into a grime hip hop thing it’s a half rugged video game thing. Not really for me but check for yourself.
@@@ Mike Dillon: Life is Not a Football (Royal Potato, 2017) Some experimental rock off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune opens up somewhat Captain Beefheart-y with a mid tempo weird groove and lower energy vocals. The second tune Man C**t gets more fractured with some wild slashing vocal blasts, tom tom drumming and some squirgles. Yes, squirgles. I’m on the third tune, I like the marimba/vibes but I for those who want to roll this way I would head out to Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica or some vintage Zappa.
YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 148
Not good music: 99
Honorable Mentions: 1
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