@@@ Ifriqiya Electrique: Ruwahine (Glitterbeat, 2017) Sufi trance music out of North Africa mixed with electronic sounds that I got to via this week’s WRIR music charts email. I’m into the second song and it’s heavy on the hand drumming and the chanting vocals. This is not beach music, do not listen to this while you’re drinking shitty beer. I was about to politely step away from this record when they brought in the guitar and get into an epic hand drum/chant/guitar mashup. I’ll stay longer now, it’s very interesting and I can imagine this being pretty face peeling live. I’m in the fourth tune and I like it without super loving it.
@@@ Mister Mellow: Burn Out Blues ( , 2017) Off the Apple Music best of the week list. Slacker dude voice with a very tasteful bass pulse and some tight twinklesauce. You even get cowbells, motherfuckers! That’s what I expect from Trump, more cowbell! The vocals are a weak point but the rest is pretty spot on for a popular track. Mister Mellow needs a Red Bull yo, the arranger is cool where he’s at.
@@@ Ezra Furman: Big Fugitive Life (Bella Union, 2017) I saw the Line of Best Fit has an interview with this modern day rocker. After hitting the play button I think I’ve heard Mr. Furman’s music before. He’s got sweetness and glam swirled up into his tracks, most notably in the vocal melodies. He’s also laying claim to Clarence Clemon’s sax solos and big American Bruce Springsteen rock. This second tune gets into Elvis Costello type rock (more mid period Elvis, not the early shit) — the sax player is back on the third tune and I appreciate Furman mixes whatever he wants and lets it all hang out. No pretension, just get your freak flag on.
YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 238
Not good music: 172
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Dead Ranch, Priests, Propaganda