@@@ Yeni Nostalji: Self-titled (Ropeadope, 2018) An American of Lebanese descent makes a record influenced by Turkish music. I got to this record via the WRIR weekly email. I’m no expert but this first tune has more Brazilian Bossa nova in it than what I associate with Turkish music. It’s a very romantic vibe here — I’m not a huge fan of romantic music as I’m emotional dead inside but this is pretty well done. It’s interesting that it mashes up a lot of influences without a care.
@@@ Jah9: Love has Found I (VP, 2018) A modern roots reggae single I also got to via WRIR. Female singer active on the mic, it’s a love of Jah tune. I like her singing, I like the background vocals less. The flutist is doing good work and while I prefer the old school murky sound the band here is solid in their support of her devotion.
@@@ Queen Ifrica: Black Woman (VP, 2018) Speaking of that old school reggae production there are some mighty tasty dub echoes on this seven minute tune that is the lead single off a full length. Again, a strong female singer showing devotion and love for Jah. I checked out the first tune, Trueversation, and it’s much more of an accessible pop reggae track. Go with the Black Woman single, it’s much better imho.
@@@ Selena Gomez: Back To You (Interscope, 2018) This lead track off the soundtrack of some Netflix production is the kind of super popular cheese bomb track that I loathe. I don’t loathe it due to snobbery, I love all manner of musics but the cliches here are just rank. It’s as predictable as death and probably not half the fun. It’s got earnest acoustic guitars in the verse and then it breaks out in the chorus with the hook both vocal and synth. The production is exquisite, the feelings are tame, all in all I could barely choke it down it was so gooey — like a low end pizza parlor slice.
YTD recordings listened to: 263
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 139
Not good music: 115
Honorable Mentions: 4
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, 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