@@@ AJR: The Click (BMG, 2017) Apple Music’s favorite new artist. Oh wow, if you took cheesiest cheese of all, which would unto itself be a debate unto itself, and shoved it up the back orifice of the EDM genre it would sound like this. The most unapologetically simple minded pop shit you will run across in a long time. Big frat boy beats, some classical string flourishes, stupid lyrics, I mean if it wasn’t so toxic it would be hilarious. This music would work great at Guantanamo Bay or in the hottest ring of Hell. I don’t know how the producer and the engineers managed to do it but they really did shine a bucket of diarrhea. I’m violently opposed to this music.
@@@ SZA: Ctrl (Top Dawg/RCA, 2017) Is this RZA’s daughter? She’s in the new artist section of Apple Music and this first tune is a blend of confessional indie songwriter and r&b sounds. It’s a pretty fresh formula and let’s peep more. Ms. SZA has a very sweet voice and quite the potty mouth. I don’t judge but she’s foul. I think I prefer the tunes that have guitar to the ones that are more hip hop based as they sound more unique.
YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 137
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, Succumb Succumb