@@@ Chris Brown (featuring Drake): No Guidance (RCA, 2019) #1 up on the Apple Music hot tracks section. It’s shocking to see Drake with the time to drop some of his custom rhymes after all his time courtside at the Raptors’ games and his post game Twatter trolling like he’s a coach or a player or some such shit. This is a hardcore love song and Chris Brown brings the vocal energy at a level three Drakes couldn’t scrape together. The arrangement is a swirl of synths — swirling and percolating, not without melody but slow and those sounds darken the track. Which seems appropriate for a known abuser of women.
@@@ French Vanilla: How Am I Not Myself (Danger Collective, 2019) Ska infused dance punk I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. I like the female singer here and she and the band bring a Devo flavored spiky weirdness to their tunes. Big energy, occasional dance beats and a horn section these guys have an interesting party going on.
@@@ Santana: Africa Speaks (Concord, 2019) Old school hippie guitar hero Santana has a new record out that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. After a spoken word opening about Africa being the cradle of civilization Santana’s huge guitar tone and shredding begins. I like it, it’s a bit like a children’s book, but I like Santana though subtlety is not his strength. Lots percussion (good), lots of Carlos shredding (good) and lots of vocals (not as good). High energy classic rock/world music.
YTD recordings listened to: 291
Good music, not list worthy: 172
Not good music: 102
Honorable Mentions: 0
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