@@@ Jah Sun: Between the Lines (Sugar Cane, 2017) If Graceland-era Paul Simon made a reggae record it would sound a ton like this record. Mad friendly bounce, lyrics that are substantive and friendly at the same time. Mr. Sun has an engaging voice and the production is polished and modern so if you’re in need of a shot of bounce hit him up.
@@@ Wicked Dub Divison meets North East Ska Orchestra: Mama (Wicked Dub Division, 2017) A single I got to via the CFUV weekly email. This is an orchestral dub with a huge ensemble — horns, woodwinds, percussions, bass and synth bass. It is a full and fat stereo field to be sure and while the first impression is that it sounds odd it’s pumping a pretty steady dub vibe. About halfway through a female voice starts out spoken word style and is joined by a male vocalist. This is cool tune.
@@@ Dona Onete: Boto Namorador (Som Livre, 2017) A firm midtempo Brazilian tune I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. My main beef involves the overly soft feel of some Brazilian music but this is steady and I dig Onete’s weathered, gravelly voice. She’s got a lot of singers helping her out as well as a full band with a special shout out to the drummer. On the outro they get into a large chant/hand clap thing that cranks the tune up. I would listen to more of this artist for sure.
@@@ Waleed Al Shami: Zaman Adam (N/A, 2017) Some super polished and romantic Iraqi music off the world section of Apple Music. Shami has a beautiful voice but this sounds like a Celine Dion record with huge reverb patches on various instruments and string flourishes — there’s nothing that makes me want to invade a country more than this style of production. So let’s invade Canada where Celine Dion is from — occupying Toronto would have been smarter than what these war criminals did. Oh, this second tune leaves that behind and gets into a funky Middle Eastern grind. Will wonders never cease, this is pretty fat. But we’re back into the sonic cheeseburger aisle on the third tune so Imma guessing it’s gonna work that way through the whole record.
YTD recordings listened to: 327
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 188
Not good music: 126
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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete