@@@ CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO | Bienaventuranza (Wonderwheel, 2018) A Latin music/electronica mash which seems to be kind of trendy these days. I got to it via the WRIR weekly playlist email. The first track opens up with some heavy drumming and high stringed instrument playing. Super pretty and pretty standard as well as I have dozens of these types of records in my collection. The production is going for an epic but not arena epic — more of a it’s a big world kind of sound. I can’t say I love the production, it’s a tad too large for my taste. I’m on the third tune and I think it’s a bit sleepy — there are electronic flourishes to be had but it’s not super integrated into the tunes as much more than a garnish for a Latin music record. I like it but I could use more energy.
@@@ ETRAN DE L’AIR: No. 1 (Sahel Sounds, 2018) I got to this African music record also off the WRIR weekly playlist email. It’s got a pleasantly punk rock lo fi sound to the first tune with a couple of guitars going — one single line and the other rhythm — with a cracking and crushed drum kit going. There are only three tunes up on the bandcamp for folks to check out but this is the kind of African business I can get with. There is a bio on the bandcamp page so you can read about them if you want to know about their northern Niger roots and where they’re at. This third tune, Tenere Maliat, is straight up smoking so don’t miss out on that.
@@@ Walter Smith III: Twio (Self-released, 2018). Off a twat from the Twatter by the twatter guy Bird is the Worm. Some lushly produced straight jazz with sax, drums and bass as the main instrumentation (a couple of guest on a few tracks as well). This is jazz for people with medium high paying jobs and really clean white teeth. There’s nothing wrong with that but it’s prettiness is more obvious than it’s engaging improv (at least to my dumbass ears). The sounds are all really nice, the playing is good and I’m sure there are a fair number of unadventurous listeners who might dig this. I make no apologies for wanting to hear jazz cats go totally mental on their instruments.
YTD recordings listened to: 322
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 168
Not good music: 143
Honorable Mentions: 4
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