Music for 6/5/21!!! Anz, Breland

@@@ Anz: Morphing Into Brighter (OTMI, 2021) I got to this artist via Crack Magazine and the tremendous transmission of low end/low frequency material in this track is impressive. Shades of old school drum ‘n bass business but also hip hop pitch shifted voices it’s a celebration of percussion and energy. As well as some thinly disguised Prince style funk. It takes about 90 seconds but it surely does morph into a long melody supported by another stew of thick rhythms. I also checked out the first track of the single Unravel in the Designated Zone and it’s different but stronger with that long melody that gets punched up underneath. Tight tight snare sound and bass that just pushes your ass around.

@@@ Breland: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2021) In the wake of NAS black cowboy smash hit which I didn’t feel at all, a black dude brings the drum machine and the rhyming and swirls it in with the country redneck business. I’m all for mixing shit up, but why these two things are getting smashed is a bit beyond me, it seems extra. I got to this via music honcho Bob Lefsetz who claims this should be a hit. Breland (the MC) can indeed put a lot of energy into the microphone so I give respect to that but the rest….meh. Especially the banjo solo, oy.

Music for 5/26/21!!! Olafur Arnalds, Andras

@@@ Olafur Arnalds: Still Sound (Mercury/Decca, 2021) Some classical crossover electronic music off Apple Music’s electronic section. It’s basically a few delayed keyboards with some additional glitch sauce and a cello like sound seated way back in the mix. It’s keyboard heavy in the front of the track and cello and flute heavy on the back end with a crossfade between the two vibes. Less delay and overt simple melody as the track moves. It’s all right, to me it’s just too soft.

@@@ Andras: Revegetation Area 2002 (Public Possession, 2020) More delayed keyboards but with a thicker sound and less New Age aspiration. And you get a beat! As the Apple Music makes clear this is more on the downtempo tip and less on the classical crossover. The goal here, as described in the video cover image below is chillness and it succeeds at that. It might also succeed at inducing a nappy. Just sayin’ there’s a fine line between chillin’ and falling asleep. Towards the end you get a similar cello-like sound that I think is a synth cello patch. And there’s no shame in that.

Music for 5/18/21!!! Priya Ragu, Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane, renforshort

@@@Priya Ragu: Chicken Lemon Rice (Warner UK, 2021) Some world music flavored r&b I got to via Line of Best Fit. It’s a mid tempo groove with a reggaeton/boombaton flavor. I like it all right but the lyrics are either delivered poorly, or written unclearly or mixed too low for the track but they seem secondary to the groove so while the tune grooves hard the vocals could and should elevate. I hear the phrase ‘can we dance?’ and occasional references to chicken and rice. I’m vegetarian so I don’t mind the lack of focus on chicken but if it’s called that….

@@@ Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane: Ten Degrees of Strange (Johnny Flynn, 2021) This is the opening track of the record and while it’s slotted as folk on Apple Music it comes out pretty rocking with the actively strummed guitar, some slide guitar and medium high energy. I’m no genre bitch, just clarifying what we have going on here. I clicked through to the second tune and it’s folk-ier. The basic formula is no drums, strummed acoustic guitars, a lot of words and a schmear of weirdness. I have no problem with the formula, maybe a little less wordy but the weirdness, oy I love weirdness. I’m digging this third tune Bonedigger the most of the three tunes I sampled.

@@@ renforshort, glaive: fall apart (Interscope, 2021) Uh oh, major label confessional young female business. I’m readying myself for the sonic drama of it all. Oh there it is and it’s a wide chorus with some power chords, half whispered vocals, a crushed mix and just a lot a lot a lot. A drawly young dude takes the mic for the stripped down verse. Now the synth bass and a drum machine. I like how they’re taking an electro bass and a drum machine and slamming that into the classic Nirvana quiet/loud rock dynamic that has gone to the bank for a long ass time. In this case it’s a quiet part, then a medium bit and then exploding in the chorus. Lyrically it’s a tender word salad fresh from a quick jot.

Honorable Mention 2020

@@@ Deena Abdelwahad: Dakar EP (N/A, 2020) There are four tracks on this EP and tracks 3 and 4 are full on electronic Middle Eastern dancefloor banging. Pretty epic melodies over colliding and three dimensional rhythms, it’s the shit as far as I’m concerned.

@@@ Venomous Concept: Politics Versus the Erection (Venomous Concept, 2020) First off great name for an album. A piquant blend of punk, metal, and even some post rock. Excellent excellent dirty ass bass lines, the singer traffics mostly in anger but also touches of desperation. You could bounce a nickel off the ass of this record, it’s that tight.

@@@ Flor do Toloache: Indestructible (Self-released, 2019) Awfully lush, female driven Mexican music for people with jobs who throw nice dinner parties with Sonos audio systems! You know, the elites. But don’t blame the musicians they’re just flying their flag! The sounds and the singing here are exquisite.

@@@ Stormlight: Natoma (David Norman, 2020) The drummer steals the show, followed by the guitar player on this admirable fusion of post-rock, emo, and hard rock. I’m not sure why I’m not a huge fan of the singer but it’s a matter of personal preference and these gents do rock mucho sophisticato. Especially the drummer.

@@@ Santrofi: Alewa (Outhere, 2020) This record just barely missed my best of 2020 list. There’s some incredible guitar playing as well as band playing but I was left wanting just a little bit more. It’s a very very good record but it doesn’t quite compare to Guy One’s #1 record in energy for example. That record is a gold standard for me.

@@@ Jonsi: Shiver (Krunk, 2020) This is a pretty intense listen with some breathtaking moments and others not quite so much, but Jonsi does an admirable job of evoking the epicness of Sigur Ros while using electronic sounds. He’s a very talented sound designer and arranger if he made this whole record himself. I found the fifth tune which has an Icelandic garble title to be one of the most transcendant tunes.

@@@ Shy One: Unreleased Instrumentals 2011 (Self-released, 2011) These instrumentals by a black female electronic musician from London really work for me. She gets into a compelling mix of dancefloor funk, trippy sonics in the right spots, arranging skills, and musicality. The tunes are pretty unpretentious on the surface but I find them very sophisticated and engaging. Start with Immense Mystery Involved and go from there, she hammers that nail.

@@@ Muqata’a: Inkanakuntu (SOUK, 2018) Take the hip hop looping and grooving and smash it into Palestinian/Middle Eastern melodies and rhythms. All instrumental with stretches of a fully integrated world music.

@@@ Chezidek: Hello Africa (Tad’s, 2020) Though he rocks a tad sickly sweet pop reggae flow in place he brings it on track 3, March, a protest reggae track that kills it. Also big ups for Because I’m Black and the last track Runaway from Jah.

@@@ Yves Jarvis: Sundry Rock Song Stock (Anti, 2020) If you take the Crosby, Stills and Nash vocal harmonizing thing and mix it with some space rock, and a bit of hippie rock and a wee bit of electro you get this record. It has a pleasantly narcotic effect without collapsing into all the various hippie ass bullshit.

@@@ Protomartyr: Ultimate Success Today (Domino, 2020) Bits of the Clash, a little bit of Captain Beefheart, some storytelling all wrapped up in nice Brit rock production. Off kilter but still very accessible it does well to balance some rock muscle with concepts. Very good drummer well presented here.

Music for 10/19/20!!! Erroneous, Push Push, Dizzee Rascal, Demi Lovato

@@@ Erroneous: Shut My Head Up (Self-released, 2020) I got to this chill electronica via an email from the musician herself. This tilts way more to the electro pop neighborhood, in fact it’s pretty much straight pop using electronic sound. It does a good job at what it aspires to do and this pushes the boundary in terms of masses of vocal tracks. There’s nothing particularly unique to the musical arrangement but it does a good job supporting the vocals. I let the Apple Music player click forward which is a good sign and she continues the electro pop infused with rock feels and tons of vocal formula.

@@@ Push Push: No Gods No Masters (Grind Select, 2020) I got to this listen and the next from Line of Best Fit. Opening up with some faux metal guitar riffage, a female MC (white and British) comes in over a metallic trappy skittering beat. I’m the worst and I’m the best, right? That’s the vocal hook and it’s a pretty slamming vocal hook. Outside of the hook I don’t find the rhymes to be that compelling. Her voice is robotized which is interesting and annoying at the same time. She’s absolutely spot on in saying she’s the worst and the best right? cuz I’m into this and repulsed by its stupidity at the same time.

@@@ Dizzee Rascal, Smoke Boys: Act Like You Know (Dirty Stank/UMG, 2020) Medium dark trap/grime out of the UK as Mr. Rascal hits the microphone with one of the veritable basket of accents in the UK/Scotland. I like the modulated synth sounds that pump the mix, and the beats are all right, nothing particular oustanding nor lacking. I’m hungry for fish and chips all of a sudden, that’s so weird. That’s a two bit UK put down but I’m not sure what else to say as I can’t take the menace here, it doesn’t come across as particularly rough or genuine. That’s fine but a lot of the promise of the narco hip hop anthems is the idea that the subculture is being depicted accurately and the MC/MCs may actually be slinging and doing the horrible deeds they rap about. This doesn’t sound like that though I do like that modulated synth.

@@@ Demi Lovato: Commander in Chief (Island, 2020) I got to this track from a feature in the Guardian saying this is one of the best anti-Trump tunes of this fantastic time in America. It opens church organ-y and down. I find the epic pop vocal style (big reverb, ultra pornagraphic detailed breathy stylings). She takes it to the Bad Orange Mabn pretty good in the lyrics (including a black gospel choir!!!) Won’t give up, won’t stand down with a marching snare drum pattern, that’s a bit Disney dramatical. I find the combination of super corporate pop production and protest lyrics fascinating — it’s jarring and somewhat unwelcome to my ears but I guess if people feels it then so be it.

YTD recordings listened to: 804
Good music, not list worthy: 440
Not good music: 339

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 8/12/20!!! Shy One, beabadoobee, Bon Iver, Muqata’a

@@@ Shy One: Sandbox (N/A, 2020) I saw this black female DJ/electronic musician pictured on a promo email from crack.io which I get in my inbox.  I found some unreleased instrumentals on the bandcamp that I’m gonna peep.  Ms. Shy One rocks hip hop flavored electronic music and she is from the UK.  I’m currently checking the first track and it’s sort of a bedroom flavored electro track featuring retro sounds and a generally bohemian, non rock star vibe.  Chill as the kids might say.  I guess these tracks come from the 2010-2011 time period as the recording is titled 2010-2011.  Funny how I figured that out.  I like these tracks — they’re engaging, a bit playful and have plenty going on sonically.  Lots or mostly interesting synth sounds/arrangements.  I would roll back on these when I have more time as there’s a cool creative spirit going on here.

@@@ beabadoobee: Care (Dirty Hit, 2020) Namechecked on the Line of Best Fit without being featured in their weekly email.  How many music review blogs disclose how they got to the track they’re listening to?  Not many, none that I know of.  Think of some retro indie guitar slack that busts into Smashing Pumpkins hooky baldness in the chorus.  Plenty of shine on this track which pops it out a bit.  Female singer rocking a slack posture which is fine.  Not really my cup of tea but not all tea is for me.  Think female Pumpkins people.

@@@ Bon Iver: AUATC (N/A, 2020) I don’t hate Bon Iver I just don’t see the genius talent that so many see in him.  I see snoozy indie business.  Maybe I will love this track and shit my pants.  AUATC stands for Ate Up All the Cake which I interpret as an economic statement.  This comes as a cross between lo fi indie vibes and Band inspired gospel type feels, that’s what I hear.  I like the vocal melody but I have no clue what he’s on about.  It’s a quickie weighing in at just 2:20 or thereabouts.  I like the playing, the lyrics are pretty much incomprehensible and the production is pleasant and purposely murky.

@@@ Muqata’a: Marj Ibn Amer (Souk, 2020) A Palestinian hip hop musician I got to via that Crack.io email list I mentioned before.  I dig the recommendations/exposure for non-white, non-mainstream musicians, keep ’em coming.  It opens with a plethora of Middle Eastern samples followed by a rattling hip hop beat, it’s pretty undpredictable and fresh.  I’m halfway through without a vocalist so I’m concluding that this is instrumental hip hop.  Solid reasoning right there, no?  I really dig this track as it has a tautness to it.  I enjoy how familiar Middle Eastern sounds have been processed and presented in a fresh manner.  The next tune clicked on as I finish this post and I like it more than the previous one.  It features the same tight focus and sharp sounds.  I’m going to have to circle back and check out more of this record when I get a chance.

YTD recordings listened to: 615
Good music, not list worthy: 308
Not good music: 276

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, Muqata’a

Music for 7/28/20!!! Mark Lofgren, Shining Bird, India Jordan, Lord Apex

@@@ Mark Lofgren: Black Moon Book (N/A, 2020)  I got to this recording via a music publicist in the Midwest.  Pleasantly ambient singer/songwriter business with just a tiny bit of psych weirdness in this first tune, Binary Memoires.  Strummed acoustic guitar and an electric guitar in each channel panned out wide with no drums.  I like Lofgren’s voice — it’s a bit retro and restrained but other than that I can’t describe it at this moment.  The second tune continues the downer-ish tempos and large ambience but there are drums, albeit back in the mix.  A shaker too!  I’m not a huge fan of this sort of mopey rock but I like Lofgren’s voice and the way the sounds are presented here.

https://markalanlofgren.bandcamp.com/album/black-moon-book

@@@ Shining Bird: Deadlands ( , 2020) I might be on the mailing list of all Australian music magazines!  This is from Happy Magazine, or some such similarly named periodical with the word happy in it.  From a wee bit of interwebz tooling about this appears to be a 12 minute track that is a pre-release from a full length banger due later this year.  They are referred to or refer to themselves as an experimental pop band.  I’m not sure how that works but I’ll go with it for now.  This is a long improv track they’ve played for years and this version of it was inspired (or brought on) by the bushfires in Australia.  After an extended sax solo that I’m agnostic on it comes into a section anchored by steady midtempo drumming, chill keyboards and a hard groove that includes tambourine.  Tambourine is no cowbell, that’s for fucking sure.  A massive shitstorm of a guitar comes in and I really like the tone on that.  It’s a good track, I’m not jumping up and down but it’s a good track.

@@@ India Jordan: I’m Waiting (Just 4 U) (Local Action, 2020) Another off Crack magazine!!!  A little Michael Jackson influenced dancefloor bangin’ with a hyperkinetic synth action and retro bass sounds.  The vocals are carried in diva style and they are chopped and looped over a thick layer of melodic synths and uptempo unt-tss techno beats workin’ overtime.  #overtime  I fear the vocal hook might be looped a bit too much as I feel like I’m a mental patient in a sanitorium waiting for the nurse to show up with my crazy pills.  Oooh, a break from that, that’s the best part of this track.  Not super my cup of tea.

@@@ Lord Apex: Darkskies Full (E/M Worldwide, 2020) Crack magazine!  A London MC that gets into some really nice sounds on this track Pharoah in My Past Life.  It sounds to be an acoustic drum kit loop, simple and well presented with bizarro female angelic choir background vocals chopped and looped behind him.  He’s a bit of a flat affect MC, maybe he’s blunted! #blunted  There are also low mixed voices and no bass on this track so I’ll peep a bit of this second track Hell out of Dodge.  A trinkly piano highlights the sounds on this track and I’m finding the sounds outshine the MC here.  He’s all right but these sounds is delicious.

YTD recordings listened to: 580
Good music, not list worthy: 294
Not good music: 257

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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

Music for 7/13/20!!! Wetware, Keleketla, A.A. Williams, Flor de Toloache

@@@ Wetware: Exaggerated Bliss (Dais, 2020) The first three listens of today’s post are from last week’s All Music notable release email and the fourth listen is from a National Sawdust (club in BK) weekly email.  My first impression is that somebody shoved a cello into a running diesel engine but the dark industrial sound gives way to a pulsing setup with a female spoken word and some NIN style drum machine-ing.  She’s super detached and the sounds are a tad menacing, it’s a dystopian flavor pack as I listen to the beginning of the next track.  Also has a bit of Laurie Anderson but differently feeled.

@@@ Keleketla: International Love Affair (Ahead of our Time, 2020)  Apple Music has four mixes of this tune including one with Tony Allen on the kit.  Oh, I miss Tony Allen what an immensely talented drummer.  There are a few modern updates to the classic horn driven sound and a pretty distinct lounge-y feel at points in the tune.  My favorite parts here are the driving bassline and the keyboard playing, whoever is on the keyboard does not need a Red Bull, they’re doing just fine sans caffeine.  The vocal hook, ‘International Love Affair’ is okay but a bit uninspired.  The horn player is tearing a solo out now so maybe the whole point of this is to groove a little, blast a solo instrument 1, groove a little more, blast a solo instrument 2, etc.

@@@ A.A. Williams: Melt (Bella Union, 2020)  This track opens up in classic PJ Harvey style — dark female energy, dissatisfied and Imma guessing an explosion is on it’s way.  Maybe I’m wrong as it appears to stick with a Nick Cave dark sadness before the drums come in and it does rock, restrained at first.  It never fully explodes, it combines a big ambient crescendo over a midtempo rock drumbeat.  I love it when folks lose their shit, I have a preference for that but this is not what it’s about.  This here is pretty and sad and firm.

@@@ Flor de Toloache: No Sigas ( , 2020) I got to this all female mariachi band via the BK club National Sawdust weekly email.  It’s awfully strange to hear a voice stunningly close to Gwen Stefani singing mariachi vocals in this track.  Oh my, it’s a cover of the No Doubt track, what an amazing job they did in covering this!  Ths singer sounds just like Stefani (but singing in Spanish!), it’s madness I tell you.  It does not rock, or it rocks in a mariachi flavored manner but besides the vocal stylings the playing is dramatical but super cool to hear it done as a mariachi.  It’s not often I get drawn that far into a track.  I’m listening to the beginning of the next track and the super lush mariachi flavors keep coming, I might have to swing back on this record and listen to it more closely.

YTD recordings listened to: 536
Good music, not list worthy: 271
Not good music: 236

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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

Music for 3/6/20!! Darkoo, Beatrice Dillon, Badsista, Mass Worship

Darkoo

@@@ Darkoo: Gangsta (Virgin EMI, 2019) A blend of hip hop and r&b off last year’s Guardian musicians to look out for in 2020. Slight African flavors I like and there’s no polite way to say she is swinging her coochie all over this track including the phrase ‘sticking my pussy in your face’. That is loving somebody like a gangster. I like the arrangement very much, it’s a percolating stew of processed vocals, a little jumpy piano, and other goodies tucked up in there. The lyrics, meh, but I do wish her luck with her cooch.

BeatriceDillon

@@@ Beatrice Dillon: Workaround (PAN, 2020) Experimental IDM with all the record titles including the word workaround except for three. In this first tune she pops up with a South Asian hand drum manipulated and the set off against other rhythms. The arrangement is spacious and sharp with occasional insect buzzes and a booty shaking bass note. I think this is really nice, let’s check more. The second tune is slightly different, still popping with a lot of rhythm but an oozy horn like synth melody comes over the top. She’s a very disciplined arranger, she’s just giving what you need and not more and more importantly not less. I find this to be a very satisfying blend of sonic abstraction and straight dancefloor action. I will swing back and check out more of this when I get time but Dillon is a craftswoman and I get with her approach.

Badsista

@@@ Badsista: Machooka (femme culture, 2019) You can check the blurb above but it’s a track exploding with rhythmic energy and flavor. Processed vocal chants for the first half of the track before a female singer comes into the mix, sings a bit and then starts chanting the word machooka. Let’s GooglePimp that word. I can’t find shit but I’m guessing it means something in Brazil. This is high end world music dancefloor action.

MassWorship

@@@ Mass Worship: Mass Worship (Century Media, 2019) We finish our week with some metal and right out of the gate this record unleashes an epic monster stomp. Watch out all you froggies out there!!! The singer is angry but his family left the caves a long time ago and he’s not sounding like some sort of Lord of the Rings character. I’m feeling the drummer and the drum sound here bigly, he/she is really driving the bus here. The guitars are good at providing a rhythmic layer to the track and I don’t believe I’ve heard any shreddy squeals to this point.

YTD recordings listened to: 165
Good music, not list worthy: 93
Not good music: 71

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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