Music for 4/16/21!!! DJ Voices and Deep Creep, Dark Tranquility, Cuts

@@@ DJ Voices and Deep Creep: Nothing in Moderation ( , 2021) This was a Youtube/Interwebz live streaming set I saw mentioned in the Crack magazine mixes of the month for February. It’s an almost 2 hour set — if you watch the two female djs do their thing it’s not the most exciting visuals ever but the music is funky with heavy dub flavors and trippy delays. I’m no expert on the demographics of the electronic scene but I’m happy to give a shout out to the females in the booth! I would recommend this as restorative background music for programming nerds busy ruining our world with ai. Backwards me, shitting on ai.

@@@ Dark Tranquillity: Phantom Days (Century Media, 2020) A listen off an All Music notable release email last year and it’s a big ass updated classic metal sound here with major guitar riffage and a singer that growls but doesn’t descend into cave dweller territory. Also a keyboard/synth snuck in there that effects the vibe. It’s not my favorite style of metal — big arena production with some snarl but it’s muscular and I’m sure somebody is out there headbangin’ to it. Shootin’ a Red Bull into their eye, stormin’ the Capitol, you know that kind of shit. I’m coming back for a second peep cuz I take my music listening very seriously and it is indeed a hard rock/metal smashup with big production. If that works for you then have at it.

@@@ Cuts: Dissolution (Village Green, 2020) Another listen off a previous All Music notable release email I have stashed around. It’s a blend of semi-abstract synth work and powerful frat boy dancefloor banging. A processed robot voice gets up in here but low in the mix. A second layer of synths and some secondary beats get layered on the original statement and I like it all right but I’m up for more abstract business. I let the player click through and it appears this outfit is fond of the straight up kraut-y beat work. It’s relentless and I appreciate that but I could use a bit more funk/swing in mine.

Music for 4/6/21!!! Squirrel Flower, Brixx, Iglooghost

@@@ Squirrel Flower: Hurt a Fly (Polyvinyl, 2021) Oh man I screwed the pooch, I thought this band was called Squirrel Power not Squirrel Flower and I much prefer through no fault of the band the name Squirrel Power. It opens as piano rock with a big beat and a faded female voice. The production is pretty mainstream and it’s reminiscent of late George Harrison stuff but with George Harrison. Obviously no George Harrison. What do I like here? I like the beat, I don’t like the vocal delivery and I think it’s a bit in conflict with the rest of the track. It takes the energy of the track down while other components are quite poppy and upbeat. Meh, more confusion than dislike as I listen.

@@@ Brixx: 2nd Warning (NSM/Brixidust, 2021) Jamaican flavored hip hop out of the UK. She sounds like she picks most British male MCs out of her stool in the morning, she has an ominous and tough flow. Lots of bloodclots floating around. Bloodclot is a Jamaican slur you can look up and it’s not a particularly flattering slur. There’s a gauzy synth slowly oscillating in the background and the star here is the bass synth — melodic and wicked in its rhythm it’s the star of the tune as far as I’m concerned. I wish that trippy synth was turned down or replaced so I could hear more of the bass synth.

@@@ Iglooghost: Big Protector (Gloo, 2021) Updated electronic music with strong classical and New Age feels. The sounds are absolutely pimped, rich and lush and arranged in a beautiful space. Little flourishes of percussion, metallic mostly but also marimba-esque sounding ones to go with the violin which is the lead melodic instrument here. I do appreciate the inclusion of a super fat floor shaking bass and I wish there was more of it. I’m guessing this took the arranger hours to put this together, this is some Mandalorian level of special effects, super manicured and combed for your listening pleasure. It ticks almost all the boxes except for the New Age feels. I’m checking a couple of other tracks to see if there are any that don’t traffic as heavily in New Age feels but thus far no go. Excellent sonic work.

Music for 3/10/21!!! Smerz, Nikki Nair, Giant Swan

@@@ Smerz: Believer (XL, 2021) All three of today’s listens are off a 10 banging dancefloor mixes you must hear in February via Crack Magazine. This is the third track on a new recording and the most notable feature I hear is the fat trap like bass used by a white female musician; I applaud that. It’s accompanied by a sort of barking screech, a simple 808 beat and some sort of mopey, whispered half sung/half spoken lyrics. I also like the cello that accompanies the mostly electro arrangement. Overall a mixed bag as I really like the sounds but I don’t super like the vocalization.

@@@ Nikki Nair: Pah (Worst Behavior Records, 2021) This electronic tracks opens up 808 drum and pong style with a repeating vocal hip hop bit. Oh, I guess the voice is saying Pah (happy the hard drive is still acessing data it wasn’t clear at first what they were chanting) and I find this track to have a proper blend of funk and abstraction, two of my favorite aspects in a banging electro track. There’s a healthy amount of pitch shifting at certain locations and I like it. The tunes builds by adding a few sounds, more chanting, a more urgent beat and some more aggressive sonic processing. If you dig abstract funk check out this track as you might really like it.

@@@ Giant Swan: Silkworm (Keck, 2021) Our last listen of the day and it’s a high energy throbbing kick drum driven dancefloor banger. The other sounds in the arrangement are reminiscent of a energy drink commercial — a bit cartoonish and high in energy. The goal here is pretty clear, kick up the jams. I get it, I think it could be done in a more interesting manner but they went Looney Tunes techno with it and that’s their right.

Music for 2/25/21!!! Sibylle Baier, Dan Wilson, Galya Bisengalieva

@@@ Sibylle Baier: I Lost Something in the Hills (Orange Twin, 2006) This looks to a reissue of a lo fi bedroom classic by a German woman from the ’70s. It’s a sad woman with an acoustic guitar walking through the hills. In the woods, moody and shit, I’m making a bit of fun but she’s got a very nice voice. Only the slopes gave her hope, that’s a good line, dramatical but effective nonetheless. I like it, I find the lyrics a bit, I don’t want to be too dead inside a bit over the top and I prefer Nick Cave’s exquisite guitar playing but this is fine lo fi mope for those who need it and the demand is probably very high these days.

@@@ Dan Wilson: Who Shot John (Mack Avenue, 2021 ) I got to this straight jazz guitar track via the Twatter. Love the Twatter. Instrumentation is guitar, bass, piano and drums — at least in the opening. Wilson’s tone is more pointed and less noodly than most jazz guitarists and I respect that. The drummer is swirling in some funk which I think would be great if there was more funk in the rest of the players. The drummer switches out to a more openly Latin flavor and I think that works better for the tune but that’s just me. Like the guitarist most here, then the drummer, agnostic on the bass player and don’t love the piano player. They’re heating shit up here and then it comes back down to a simmer. I like it all right. This is a pre-release track, there will be more shortly if it’s a pre-release because that’s what a pre-release is.

@@@ Galya Bisengalieva: Aralkum (One Little Independent, 2020) This is an ecological focused music piece I got to via the hoity toity Brooklyn club National Sawdust. Aralkum is the opening track of the record and this work is slotted as electronic on the ol’ Apple Music. I like it thus far as it goes up to the epic New Age line and doesn’t cross it. Bisengalieva is a violinist and there’s some of that standing sharply in contrast to the breathy synths and some undercover piston-y electronic beat action. Insect-y and churn-y rather than funky. That contrast between the violin and the synths is my favorite component of the tune and myself I could use some more rhythm and some bass. Overall mostly for the NPR crowd but as far as who it’s aimed at it does a good job feeding the NPR people. She’s blurbed as favoring apocalyptic moods and I get that but it’s a shiny and pretty sonically pleasant apocalypse I’m hearing here. I’m guessing the apocalypse will be a lot less beautiful when it really gets going.

Music for 2/13/21!!! Tygapaw, Sabiyha

@@@ Tygapaw: Run 2 U (NAAFI, 2020) I got to this what I think will be a dancefloor banger via the weekly email at Crack Magazine. A pretty incessant and brisk techno kick hits with some Prince-y detached voice action, a coupla layers of hi hats building and then getting full techno dancefloor. This one’s for sweating. Great titles in places such as ‘In Their Fear They Plotted Her Destruction’. An offkilter keyboard simple repeater comes in and upsets the rhythmic sense producing more energy and more interesting energy. I dig this a whole bunch.

@@@ Sabiyha: Lullaby (Choorile, 2021) I got to this via a music publicist email. Opening up with a vocal chant in another language, followed by some intricate handclapping we then get a strong female voice presented in a modern manner. There’s a bit of chatter that is panned out to this side while this young woman praises her elders. I like the just before the end of the track when there’s a sporadic bass bounce it all comes together. As a piece of personal history I think it’s great, as a piece of music for me to listen to I wish there was more focus on the music.

Music for 1/13/21!!! Lily Kershaw, Henry Pope, SUUNS

@@@ Lily Kershaw ft Goody Grace: Now and Then (Nettwerk, 2020) A singer songwriter track from a Guardian overlooked 2020 songs. Most notable for what I deem the excessive reverb on her voice, it’s a bit not tasteful for me. It drowns out the sparse strummed guitar. It appears that this is an age where emotions have to be so over the top defined to have impact. Is that the case? It’s not the case for me so I kinda resist that this is the case. It would be sad if all the technology flooding into music making just turned out to be a way to make music cheesier and less impactful. Since no other instruments or sounds enter the mix except for a harmonium type sound in the chorus the voice sticks out even more. Ah well.

@@@ Henry Pope: Ngene (Tierra Sounds, 2020) Some retro dancefloor banging off an article about overlooked songs of 2020. It’s got a brief female diva appearance and dude goin’ hmmm, mmm, mmmm and most interestingly a thumb piano which I really like. It segues out of an intro to a thick bass centered classic unt sss techno thing. I like the rhythms more than the melodies. It’s got waves and build ups and ebbs and flows through its tight sections. I like it without feeling like it’s something super special — it feels a bit sanitized to me. Tight and uptight are two different things to me.

@@@ SUUNS: Fiction (Joyful Noise Recording, 2020) If you took a Radiohead track and blenderized it with a glitch track it would come out very close to this track. Outside of the drum beat which is crunchy rock all the parts seem to be processed, glitched, gated or percussified. I like the processing it’s a weird digital filter which seems to be everywhere right now. That seems relevant. It does drain the band energy and if you took off the motion introduced by the processing would it have suitable energy? I’m guessing no. I would have ramped the shit out of the tempo to break some brains and this sounds a bit halfway/conservative.

Music for 11/24/20!!! Vivien Goldman, Autechre, Rob Mazurek, Murat Baskaya

@@@ Vivien Goldman: Launderette (Staubgold, 1981) An old school punk rocker whose track I got to as I subsribe to an online art/philosophy/music/politics blog here in NYC called Triple Canopy. This is slotted as New Wave but it has a rhythmic funkiness that I don’t associate with New Wave. There appears to be a percussionist in each channel and a pretty happening bass player. Goldman is on about the basic scene in a Launderette, hence the title. It’s got a loose feel and I would put this more in the pretty cosmetic punk side of town — I like the stream of conciousness sing song vocals, I love the funky bass and almost the almost free jazz type percussion. There appears to be somebody sawing away on a fiddle and it’s all right. I mostly dig it.

@@@ Autechre: DekDre Scap B (Warp, 2020) I got to this via last week’s All Music notable release email. I’ve heard these guys before and have been on the fence. Like that they go for a rougher electro sound and sometimes don’t like where they go with it. This is the first track off their new record and it’s scrappy and a bit smashed up, not chopped up. Some splurting snare trills and a lot of here and there sounds as well as a lot of delays and morphong. Nothin’ wrong with that. If they wanted my love which they don’t they would descend into complete chaos but I’m not holding my breath, I believe they will remain in the sci fi dystopia neighborhood. It’s just under 3 minutes so it’s a bit of a table setter and I’m letting the player continue while I finish my pocket review. I like a bunch of the sounds but there’s nothing here that just grabs me and kicks me in the nuts. I want to get kicked in the nuts. Some of the processing is quite interesting — panning, step sequencers, and melting ‘alive’ type modulating synths but I want something more. Call me a bitch if you like, I don’t care.

@@@ Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: “A Wrinkle in Time…” (Nonesuch, 2020) I saw this large ensemble record from a leading Chicago jazz musician shouted out on the Twatter. It’s not a great sign that Nonesuch is involved with this record as they have become a significant music dealer to the brunch crowd. I’m more than a bit opposed to brunch music, it’s just so boring. It opens with a voice either processed by a megaphone plug or someone speaking through a megaphone into a microphone, it sits besides vibes and a plinky guitar. Then comes the rhythm section and a flute. Love the flute, the big fat bass, meh on the drums, don’t like the guitar tone and I’m not sure about the voice. I would prefer a tricked out Henry Threadgill record to this as they share a bit of DNA but Threadgill goes deeper and weirder than the ensemble here. I could use some contrast here besides the big drum sound as it is most definitely a brunch-y vibe. Some guitar distortion, more chaos, something to ground the hopefulness. The horns come in at 4 minutes and the ensemble sound completes itself. I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.

@@@ Murat Baskaya: Gunes Sabikali (Grimsi, 2020) Off this week’s WRIR world music email playlist. Opens with one piano, then two, two single note plinkers and slotted as hip hop, ah there’s the beat. Baskaya hits the mic with some gravel and breathiness to his voice. Most people who check out this track have no Turkish language skills so this is a listen to he music and the expressiveness of his rhyming. In addition to thwe two pianos plinking that I really like due to the confusion they sow, there’s a slow long tone melody that sounds a bit violin-y or cello, cello (maybe cello synth) and I like that too. He rhymes in a staccato sorta percussive manner and the beats, well the beats are pretty straight non trap sounds and they’re all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 918
Good music, not list worthy: 494
Not good music: 391

Best: 7
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi, Tristan Arp

Music for 10/20/20!!! Otik, Jack Colwell, Ehua, Midori Hirano

@@@ Otik: Wetlands (Intergraded, 2020) Crack Magazine! This is the title track off a new EP and it looks like it’s set to be a world music infused dancefloor banger with a hammered metal marimba type sound, some chopped and looped vocals and hand drums panned out wide. My favorite part here is the chopped vocal sample and my least favorite element is the tambourine which lightens the proceedings too much imho. I could use a change right about now or 30 seconds ago. You get an additional sound, bass, but the other elements remain in the mix. I say mute something and return it to the mix later naimsayin’? There are more sounds added to the mix including a nice lazy melodic bagpipe typa thing but overall the stasis in the composition and the mix detracts from my listening experience. Just more and more layers doesn’t get me where I want to go.

@@@ Jack Colwell: A Spell (Self-released, 2020) I don’t know if there’s a trend of musicians putting the title track last on the record but it’s here again, a melancholy piano and voice opening on a last album track. Oops, there’s the space with a wambly guitar (?), some whirling electro garnish, and a female singer quietly tracking the main vocalist Mr. Colwell. I don’t usually go for the self-empowerment vibes but this is very understated and not cheesed out. This is more than all right, this is quite a feat to get me to like a tune where the vocal hook is hold on, hold on. Usually it comes with a massive serving of orchestral strings and other cheese flavored sauces but Colwell keeps it restrained and thus more effective.

@@@ Ehua: Meteora (Nervous Horizon, 2020) Crack Magazine! Techno, but it appears to be a different strain. Thumpin’ but a bit more abstract and not as dancefloor. Not as yet. This track, the title track has a coiled and mechanical feel that I find pleasant. Also a string of static that will drive you insane on purpose, you gotta respect that. I feel like I’m waiting for more meds while on meds at a mental hospital this is solid business. I would check out more of this but this one track resides on a label compilation. However, I find the second track to be of similar high quality so Imma check this compilation out when I get the chance.

@@@ Midori Hirano: Invisible Island (Sonic Pieces, 2020) Same, Crack Magazine!!! A Japanese electronic musician based in Berlin. Today I’m checking out the last piece of the record which is a roomy piece with simple piano and some rhythmic piano wrangling. I like parts of the pieces, the up and down string scraping is all right, there’s another string sound which sounds like I don’t know what, and the piano playing isn’t particularly moving to me. I wish there was more here, maybe rhythmically or another idea or two. I always want to be fair to musicians so I checked out the opening track and it does indeed have her simplistic piano playing but there’s a bunch of rhythmic elements to it that work to elevate the music as a whole. So don’t be like me and start at the beginning and go from there.

YTD recordings listened to: 808
Good music, not list worthy: 442
Not good music: 341

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

Music for 9/15/15!!! John Glacier, Lucretia Dalt, Blush’ko, Theia

@@@ LYAM: Origami (feat. John Glacier, Shygirl) (VLF, 2019) I got to this via an email from an Australian online music site called Crack.io. I’ve found some pretty interesting music through their promo emails. It opens jazz like with trumpet and some noodly/washed out guitar before some scratching and then into hip hop. Beats are polished and not trap and the most notable sonic element are some pitch shifted voices that sound like chattering aliens. Fat but not ridiculous bass and the MC works over a sung section. A female MC also takes a turn on the microphone, and then a third MC I think. Pass it around, pass the mic around!. Overall a more polished and funky arrangement than what you might hear in popular American hip hop which presently is some variation of trap business or retro NYC flavors.

@@@ Lucrecia Dalt: Disuelta (RVNG, 2020) A female Colombian experimental musician gets out there on this track. The main elements in the early part of this song are some vocals processed to feel like a choir but also placed back in the stereo field. A siren like sound repeating and a some tinkly, insistent percussion-esque sounds might drive you a bit insane, ooh that felt so good when it stopped oh and it started up again. This track has the feel of an opener/table setter and the second track comes in with some more, differently processed vocals, a dark rumbling cloud serving as a bass sound and more electro bits and chunks. I appreciate that she’s not afraid to sonically grate, I have no problem with that. I’m feeling like if you don’t like the vocal presentation there’s not much more to hang your hat on. The sounds feel a bit randomly placed together and I would like to see more relationship between them. There’s a good chance I’m not getting this but I do chew through a lot of tracks and it feels a bit unfocused.

@@@ Blush’ko: Moon (Lekker Collective, 2020) I got to this track via an email from this label/collective called the Lekker collective. I believe they’re run out of Australia. Slotted as r&b soul the track opens with chill keyboard and a sample of a bic lighter which I’m guessing is lighting a spliff. A cheeba, some broccoli, some CBD in some paper, stankweed, hippie shit, chronic, oh it is indeed very reefer-us. The gent singing rocks a moany bedroom flow and the arrangement is a stew of loverboy sounds. I do like the overall liquid vibe of the sounds, I dig that. He’s gonna take it to the moon, so apparently this is some sort of intergalactic booty jam, all right, horny spaceship music. I like the drumbeat, tight and retro and providing some firmness to the track. Like the sounds but don’t love this vocal style.

@@@ Theia: Frat Boyz ( , 2020) I can’t remember how I got to this track, a rare ommission from my ethically run music review blog. This track is part of an EP blurbed as a bold dance-pop mixture. It is an anthem to frat boys, something I could do without. A lot of vocal tracks, and a herk-a-jerk feel as the rhythms jump around from section to section. I hate to be too harsh, well not really, but this is trash. I don’t mind all the sounds but the lyrics are straight word salad and the structure of the track is madness. I guess it’s a thin line between boldness and trash. One of the most annoying aspects of the track is the blocky rhythmic delivery of the singer, it’s kindergarden MC time. Please stay away.

YTD recordings listened to: 708
Good music, not list worthy: 376
Not good music: 311

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Insolito Universo,  Deena Abdelwahed

Music for 8/13/20!!! Bing and Ruth, Protomartyr, Dandana, Channel Tres

@@@ Bing & Ruth: I Had No Dream (4AD, 2020)  I’m not usually a bit 4AD listener but I like the aspirational title of the track and here we are!  This is the third track on the record and it opens mad church-y.  Sounds evoking both choir and organ and I’m waiting for something more.  A drone enters into the track and I feel that.  It’s a 6.5 minute track so things can mover slower but not glacially at a track of this length.  More droning clouds but still hanging with the introductory sounds.  I need a bit more, I’m going a bit daft with this arpeggiating organ, maybe turn it down?  They have digital volume faders built right into the software these days.  I made it just over 5 minutes which I think is pretty good.  I need more action, I can’t listen to the same loop for 6.5 minutes I have shit to do.

@@@ Protomartyr: Processed by the Boys (Domino, 2020) I saw this band described on an All Music notable release email as I was cleaning up my inbox which is a very cluttered place unless I delete.  I think of Domino as being the home of strange white people rockers and this fits right in with that.  A bit of weirdness floats through this guitar driven rocker, but not too much and I’m more interested in the singer doing a solid Joe Cocker disgruntled vocal style.  Very nice guitar sounds here and drums high in the mix.  If you’re gonna do rock then that’s the kind of rock proportions I enjoy.  There’s a tiny saxophone part slipped in amongst the power chords but it’s not too weird.  I have no idea what’s going on lyrically and I’ve latched on to his delivery rather than the meaning of the lyrics. I’m checking out a bit of the next track as I finish up this post and the off kilter and high energy rock formula sprinkled with punk flavors/attitude continues.  I like it a whole lot and might actually roll back on this record when I have more time.

@@@ Dandana: Free the System (Rebel Up, 2020) I’m on the mailing list for this European world/free music label and I was cleaning the inbox and came across it.  I’m gonna do a GooglePimp search but I’m guessing there are West African people involved with this track.  A collective of musicians from the Netherlands, Gambia, and Senegal, that’s what I’m seeing.  It’s a wild track with different sections jumping around — my favorite section is the middle part when they hit the Free the System chant — it’s a mash of hand drums, kit drums, a couple guitars and a lot of folks chanting in English to Free the System.  It goes out on a long jam that underpinned the chorus section.  It’s got a bit of psychedelic flavor to it, not a lot but a bunch of delayed vocals and a messy, psych spirit to it which I think works for the track.

@@@ Channel Tres: Weedman (Art for Their Greed, 2020)  I don’t know who this guy is but I saw him featured on Happy Mag out of Australia.  It’s a blend of hip hop and old school George Clinton style funk and it’s a weed anthem.  Pro weed, that is, just to be clear and pro weed dealing as well.  The MC here is playing the role of a weed dealer in this tune itself, I don’t know if he’s slinging in real life.  The sounds here are classic and catchy, I’m agnostic on the lyrics.  Super fat bass and rhythm track with just a wee bit of keyboard garnish in well chosen spots.

YTD recordings listened to: 619
Good music, not list worthy: 311
Not good music: 278

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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