@@@ Protomartyr: Relatives in Descent (Domino, 2017) Take an art school lounge-y singer and put him in a hipster Devo type of band with a quasi frantic drummer and you pretty much have the opening tune of this record. The second tune, Here is the Thing, is slightly more aggressive and I dig the drummer a whole bunch while thinking the guitar player needs a Red Bull or two. A little crunch would work for me, but that’s just me. The crunch comes up on the fourth tune but I don’t feel it. I got to this via the Guardian’s top 50 of the year, they’re now on the 20-30 top recordings.
@@@ Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (Def Jam/UMG, 2017) I don’t think I caught this hip hop record during the year but it made it to the Guardian’s list so it triggers a listen. Ooh, this first tune is hot with a blend of club sounds, glitch and tight focused rhymes. The second tune switches to a midtempo party track though Staples’ superior microphone work keeps it moving briskly. The third tune, Love Can Be…. goes full dancefloor with fat kick four on the floor, synth bass, and funky non-skitter beats. Whoever did the beats on this record has crazy ass skills, but I dug the first tune most. (Clipped below)
@@@ King Krule: The Ooz (True Panther, 2017) Also off the Guardian’s best of 2017 list. A mash of various influences in this first tune — downtempo, jazz/blues/soul guitar vamps, and lounge. It’s a mood for sure — unsettled, hip, and alienated but in a completely non-rock aesthetic. Let’s peep more! The second tune unfolds in a similar lush, dark vein. It’s trippy and dissatisfied. The third tune, Dum Surfer (clipped below) has 2 million views on YouTube which is not a little gets the full peep. It’s an interesting stew and I can’t say that I love it or hate it. I don’t like all the reverb on the vocals but I like the beats and the guitar. Check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 782
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 421
Not good music: 323
Honorable Mentions: 7
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique