ncer B@@@ Beyonce & Jay Z: Boss (UMG, 2018) I can’t offer a video for this tune as UMG is all over the GooglePimp trying to lock down their copyright on what has thus far been a good but not great collaboration between Beyonce and Jay Z. This tune is an interesting blend of hip hop and classic soul and Beyonce does a better job here. I like the horn lines. It’s a diss track but I find their constant reminders of how rich they are to be incredibly boring and borderline offensive. This video clipped below may or may not have music in it, Lord the Interwebz can be such a drag.
@@@ Witch Prophet: The Golden Octave (88 Days of Fortune, 2018) Some indie r&b/soul off this week’s CFUV playlist email. After a lovely vocal only first tune it gets into a more standard r&b tune with drum machine, bass, and synth centered arrangements. I’m on the third tune and there’s an interesting slant to the record. The production is not lo fi but it’s certainly not nu r&b lush so it has a slight sharpness to it and then a lot of vocals get layered over it. This tune (clipped below), the fifth on the record, is the best of what I checked out and a good example of how the record is put together.
@@@ Cancer Bats: The Spark That Moves (Batskull/New Damage, 2018) Some mainstream, riffy metal that is not cheesy. At this point I find extensive and standard guitar riffs to be a tad cheesy but it’s certainly not art school/pretentious meta. The singer has an emo shredded tone of voice so this changes the vibe here with no epic, leather pants wearing rock hero action here. This is for folks who don’t like messy pissedness of a great punk record or the deep anti social bile of a great metal record. It’s a bit of a prepackaged rebellion thing but the band is strong and if you like guitar riffs get out your big Slurpy cup cuz they have that going in spades!
YTD recordings listened to: 342
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 180
Not good music: 154
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto