@@@ The Bombay Royale: Run Kitty Run (Hopestreet, 2017) An Australian/Indian funky large ensemble record. There are two tracks up for pre-release on the Apple Music and this first track is funky for sure with some tongue in cheek spy movie/spaghetti western influence. I like the blending of musical cultures and I am enjoying the singers but I’m not jumping up and down.
@@@ Pokey LaFarge: Manic Revelations (Rounder/Concord, 2017) Some old school rocking’ r&b in the vein of James Hunter that I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email. It’s a larger band with a horn section and an organ player. LaFarge has a very nice voice and this is a celebration of early ’60 r&b. Pre black power/James Brown. Aretha Franklin could probably beat LaFarge up and that would be entertaining.
@@@ Mr. Eazi: Life is Eazi, Vol. 1 — Akkra to Lagos (Banku Music, 2017) A rare African music record on the front page of Apple Music. I can see why they have him front and center as he sounds like an African Bieber except not nearly as annoying. Smooth vocals with some nice African guitar playing and beats you would find on a lot of new American mainstream releases. Regular readers know that I’m a huge listener of all African music but this does not have enough African music in it to super interest me. It’s probably really interesting to a lot of American mainstream music listeners. I’m agnostic.
YTD recordings listened to: 491
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 268
Not good music: 201
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, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity