@@@ Web Web, Twit One: Meh Te (N/A, 2020) I got to this jazz remix from a European music publicist email. Web Web is a European jazz outfit and Twit One is a hip hop white dude/dj and I have concluded this from some rando internet searching. It’s an instrumental remix way more hip hop than jazz with some nice loops — a really nice short bass loop, a vibe like loop. It’s more about chillness and smoothness rather than funk or to put it another way it’s chill funk. I like it, I’m not jumping up and down and it’s a bit of a stretch to label it as jazz but I like it.
@@@ Alex G: Gretel (Domino, 2020) Today and tomorrow I pull a few more tracks off a 2019 Vice best of 2019 list back when there was no god damned dumbass Wuhan bullshit (I hate Winnie the Pooh but I dig Chinese people, especially Wuhan residents so don’t cancel me!). Oooh, very typical Domino material — disorienting and off kilter with some very tasty darker sounds outside of the shoegaze vocal stylings. The contrast between the slightly dissonant arrangement (outside of the pretty straight acoustic guitar) and the sweeter singing is interesting. The track fills my headphones with more of a batter than a stew. It’s both uplifting and downer-ish and I’m not sure what to make of it.
@@@ Denzel Curry: ZUU (Loma Vista/Concord, 2019) I haven’t heard much hip hop out on the Loma Vista/Concord Group. Curry is from Miami and his lyrics focus on what is euphemistically called ‘street life.’ A lot of trap tends to have really dark sounds but these are lighter than a lot of what I’ve heard. There’s a trippy synth melody but not super trippy nor super dark. The lyrics are pretty standard. I neither hate nor love this track but I do note that it’s a bit short on impact.
@@@ Ari Lennox: Shea Butter Baby (Interscope, 2019) A big hit from last year that I haven’t heard ’til now. It’s an interesting blend of slicked out bass and drum sounds (not drum ‘n bass btw) and some retro guitar playing. Lennox has a bit of Billie Holiday to her voice, a bit nasal. Lost in the alley, make love by a trashcan, that’s an excellent line. I’m agnostic on a bunch of the lyrics as well as the background vocals. It is interesting that she keeps talking about how the shea butter is making a mess of the sheets and elsewhere but if it’s a celebration of messiness I can get with that. I understand why this was a hit, it’s better than a lot of mainstream r&b with an interesting blend of sounds especially the organic guitar combined with computer arrangements.
YTD recordings listened to: 548
Good music, not list worthy: 277
Not good music: 242
Honorable Mentions: 0
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