Music for 8/26/20!!! DUCKWRTH, Be Well, Namir Blade, Hepcat

@@@ DUCKWRTH: Super Bounce (Republic/UMG, 2020) Some major label r&b/slow funk.  I think I got to this via a small feature on the front page of the Guardian website.  I like the minimal beats and I’m a bit tired of all the chill keyboards going on right now. Mr. Duckwrth goes full loverboy on the microphone.  He got an MC sounding a whole bunch like Jay Z (which is unfortunate to me).  I think we might be seeing a lot of this slow funk because of the wide availability of weed, everybody has settled into a blunted groove.  I could use a bit of Funkadelic right now.  They’ve even imported a low ass Barry White voice in parts of the tune.  The song stays in the pocket and remains a groove for its entirety and I coulda used some musical changes.  The multiple voices doesn’t quite substitute for the lack of section changes.

@@@ BE WELL – MAGIC (Equal Vision, 2020) Some rock from upstate New York independent label Equal Vision.  It’s an emo banger with a bunch of self-hatred emanating from the singer.  The lyric spray painted on the white wall in the video below is a repeated line in the track.  About a third of the way through it kicks it up a notch.  I think the drummer could use a Red Bull, his beats are bit heavy and a tad uninspiring.  It’s by no means bad music, but the player clicked through and the heat of this track Strength of Breath is much more to my liking and I like the drummer much more in this context.  I would say this would appeal to diehard emo punk folks.

@@@ NAMIR BLADE – THE HEAD (Mello Music, 2020)  A pre release track from an upcoming full length and I urge hip hop/r&b listeners to try to check out Mello Music releases as they put out some high quality business.  This a slightly retro funk (with a big shout out to the flute sample/playing) sound that gives way to a transition section that leads out to a slightly more standard hip hop track.  Then it moves on again and this is a pastiche of sections united by an MC but against very different musical backgrounds.  I’m not sure what to do with this track — it’s an odd choice for a pre-release single but my guess from listening to this is that this is a bold record with a lot of influences and jumping around.  I would check out more knowing that this label is tasteful and that’s the power of a good label, they keep you listening.

@@@ Hepcat: One (N/A, 2020) Not available on the streaming services these guys are old time ska punks with mad roots flavor.  I wish I could find this tune to download on bandcamp as it’s got everything I like in a song — melody, rhythm, soul, humanity, and lack of cheese.  I like the violin/fiddle as it’s a unique and dramatic addition to the standard ska punk horn section.  Excellent, excellent track.  These guys have always had it going on, check it out!

YTD recordings listened to: 652
Good music, not list worthy: 340
Not good music: 293

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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