@@@ Justin Timberlake: Say Something (RCA, 2018) Another pre-release single from panty quaker Timberlake. This tune is a mash of r&b sounds and strummed acoustic guitar with Timberlake’s yearning vocals. He also is dueting here with Chris Stapleton to raise the redneck quotient. You cannot take a shit without Chris Stapleton being there — I’m not sure why but it is such. As a grown ass adult I can’t really tell you what this song is about — the lyrics are pretty nonsensical. Ah, there was just a line saying that the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all. Yo, that’s heavy sentiment to package with this cheese.
@@@ Jack White: Corporation (Columbia, 2018) Any hope that Jack White had outgrown trying to out Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin are partially rewarded here. He brings in the fat beat and then some heavy riffage but there are funk flavors here, most notably Sly Stone. What happened to messy Jack White when he would bust a nut with that half-mutant drummer he got famous with? This is accomplished riffing but it’s kinda fucking boring. No mess, no runs, no errors, all manicured like a porn star’s bush. I ask you doesn’t the funk have some mess swirled up in it. The problem here is that this is the first track of the record so that’s usually putting your best foot forward. He sings at the end and I don’t feel much better.
@@@ Buscabulla: EP II (Baby Making Records, 2018) Some dreamy, indie Latino electronica. Super tinkly and ethereal and shit. There’s a funky undercurrent beneath the clouds of synth sprinkles and delicate metal percussion. I would prefer the female singer’s voice be not bathed in reverb but alas this is the style with the kids today. Solid B, not jumping up and down. I got to this from a Flavorpill announcement email.
@@@ Hector Guerra: Desde El Infierno (Kasba Music, 2018) Some Latin hip hop I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. The first tune most definitely has hip hop beats but it also has a didgiridoo kinda of drone and Guerra mostly sings this first track. It’s pretty downtempo and hypnotic in its way. The second tune sheds that vibe for a decidely upbeat singalong with Mexican accordion (which I love) and some singalong choruses before he gets on some Spanish rhyming. The tune clipped below is the best of what I heard so check that out.
YTD recordings listened to: 54
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 30
Not good music: 23
Honorable Mentions: 0
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