@@@ Neneh Cherry: Kong (Small Town Supersound, 2018). A pre-release single by ’80s singer Neneh Cherry. Produced by 4tet who I am a fan of. Not a fanboy, but a fan. It’s a trip hop track with a dub baseline, a slow piano arpeggio, and some dark echo effects. A simple open hi hat pattern with kick drum drive the tune. The tune finds a nice groove but doesn’t progress much during it’s 4:24. I could have used more than what is on offer.
@@@ SASAMI: Not the Time (Domino, 2018). A shoe gaze single I got to via tracks of the week at Line of Best Fit. The guitars a little less stormy than what you would expect and it has a keyboard, but the intimate and confessional vocals nestled in the middle of the mix are classic. Solid B.
@@@ Orkid: No Noh (Shir, 2018). Mainstream electro pop off the Line of Best Fit tracks of the week. Female singer doing an up and down melody, low medium funky drum machine beat, though there is a nice echo on one of the drums. There’s not a lot to the arrangement outside of beat and the vocals so if you don’t like the singer (I’m not a huge fan) then you won’t jump and down over this. As always, listen for yourself.
@@@ Bad Bunny: MIA (OVO, 2018). Drake breaks the internet as he appears on this Latin single and does his loverboy thing entirely in Spanish. It’s good to see he’s as buttery soft in Spanish as he is in his native tongue. Bad Bunny is pumping out the sugar for the ladies as well as this is almost Halloween candy for your ears. There are some nice drum beat variations in the back end of the tune but this is pretty disposable as again there’s not much here after the beat, the baseline and the microphone work.
YTD recordings listened to: 578
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 308
Not good music: 235
Honorable Mentions: 6
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