@@@ Tierra Whack: Whack World (Interscope, 2018) 15 1-minute hip hop songs that I got to from a best 25 records from the last 3 months at factmag. I’m on the third minute and I like the brevity of the tunes and the tidbits have more of a melancholy flavor than a party vibe. I don’t think the brevity and the melancholy are connected. The jumps from one bit to the next are pleasantly jarring. The sounds are very new, no retro hip hop happening here. It’s like somebody hitting the fast forward every 1 minute. I really like the tune 4 Wings. I found it and shit! Enjoy.
@@@ Tess Roby: Beacon (Italians Do It Better, 2018) We switch gear from youthful African American female gloom hop to white people electronica. It’s opening up with a sinuous guitar line and a Rush beat, not great as far as I’m concerned. Then a singer — where is she from? Montreal! I love Montreal. I think this is poor record sequence/placement on my part as the jump from those hip hop kibble and bits to this is not great. This is low energy, not as funky, and just a wee bit……white. And I say that as a human that used to be a white person. I thought this was going to be an electronic record but it’s an indie rock record with an electronic U-haul attached to the back.
@@@ Proc Fiskal: Insula (Hyperdub, 2018). This is an abstract electronic record I got to via the same best 25 records of the last three months. It is most definitely chopped pretty roughly with plenty of processed vocal samples and bass ‘n drum type beats. It is trying to be both funky and trippy and thus far I don’t think it’s hit either goal. I want to like it as it aims for a place I enjoy listening to but it sounds a bit sterile and technical for my taste. The arrangements are more than competent but it’s a nerd record. Homie needs some doobie in his funk, imho.
YTD recordings listened to: 574
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 306
Not good music: 233
Honorable Mentions: 6
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