@@@ Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador, 2017) Some intimate and fragile boy indie off the Apple Music new music section. The verse is very dollhouse pretty and then it explodes in the chorus, but not a rock explosion — more like a kaleidoscopic noise swirl thing. It catches your ear for sure. Think Tori Amos but with a penis and not a macho war penis but a sensitive, super feeling penis. Mr. Genius’ voice is a bit similar to Antony from Antony and the Johnsons (I forget her new name, sorry:)) but this is some really well put together music and is not just an identity politics marketing move. Would the music industry do that? Hmm, yeah.
@@@ Kid Ink: 7 Series (RCA, 2017) Some what I anticipate hard hip hop off the Apple Music new music section. This first tune is a booty tune called Supersoaka — there are a couple of drug and gun references and some medium offensive anti-woman lyrics. However if you can roll with that the sounds are hype — trippy ass oscillating synth, chopped beats that almost sound drum and bass and some fat bass. The second tune is much mellower, it’s still a booty tune but it’s absent the darkness of the first track. The third tune has an almost Drake like Caribbean bounce so I’m not sure what’s up with that opening track. It’s gonna run from party r&b to semi-gangster.
YTD recordings listened to: 283
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 168
Not good music: 108
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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