@@@ Kanye West: No Mistakes (UMG, 2018) We are up to the fifth track on the new Kanye West banger. It’s been a bit of a hit or miss affair due to West’s personality. His unpredictability as a person makes him interesting as an artist, but his recent bullshit makes his lyrics much less palatable. The sounds on this tune are more soulful though the strategy of using a sung vocal hook with his sampled arrangement has proved steady through the record. It’s a pretty simple tune where the song vocal hook, make no mistake girl, I still love you is repeated a bit through the track. Kanye’s skills as an arranger are not in dispute, he can put sounds together and make focused tracks. It’s hard to hear him throw the love and soul sounds around after he just said slavery was a choice a few weeks ago. Those two things don’t jibe for me, and I ain’t even black.
@@@ Kamasi Washington: Fists of Fury (Young Turks, 2018) The last time I heard Washington he was trafficking in some fusion era jamming. This pre-release track seems to be borrowing from blaxploitation film soundtrack funk and swirling in some other influences. He’s got some singers going here and it’s a large ensemble going including a string section, percussion and a piano player but the film soundtrack jazz mash is most definitely going on. The video below seems to be drawing some influence from the huge Black Panther movie from earlier this year. It’s an almost 10 minute tune so there is space to have a fair trade coffee and enjoy. I like Washington’s playing, he blows with a lot of passion. He’s not my favorite player by any means but he’s a good place for folks to start if they’re looking to get into some jazz. It’s possible this musician is getting more attention than his playing warrants.
@@@ Oneohtrix Point Never: Age of (Warp Records, 2018) This record on this week’s All Music notable release email and also in the Apple Music experimental section so no doubt there is a publicist involved with this record. Mr. Point Never did the sound track for Good Time, one of my favorite movies of 2017. It’s a fairly disturbing film and the soundtrack is aggro but really helps put the movie over. This first tune opens up more celestial with a harpsichord solo. After a bit the harpsichord is morphed or glitched into a synth which is interesting. The second tune, Babylon, has a singer and it’s a bit of a downer pop tune and unfortunately I’m not feeling this record right now. Let me peep a little more. The Apple Music blurb says it has a dose of midieval music and the interplay of melody….I like downer music but this record doesn’t have enough rhythm in it to satisfy me. That’s just me and he’s a talented dude but this record is for others.
YTD recordings listened to: 312
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 163
Not good music: 139
Honorable Mentions: 4
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