@@@ Lil Pump: Lil Pump (Warner Bros, 2017) The Apple Music blurb says this record is stuffed with mosh pit anthems so I thought it was a metal record. However, apparently the hip hop crowd has commandeered the mosh pit and it’s now part of the trap scene. I’m not sure whether to refer to him as Mr. Lil or Mr. Pump, but whatever you want to call him he’s not very interested in contributing to society. He’s all about the thuggin’. He also appears to be thugging every day so he’s quite committed. It’s pretty standard hip hop — lots o buzzy bass junk in the trunk, skittery beats and call and response vocals playing a central role in the arrangement. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lil Pump end up incarcerated. 40 million views for Gucci Gang, Lil Pump be pumpin’!!!
@@@ Shigeto: The New Monday (Ghostly, 2017) I’ve put Shigeto records on my year end list before so I owe them a peep. This first tune is a hybrid of chill techno and soft jazz fusion. Smooth sax solo, some electric keyboards plinking and a low Barry White voice getting it on at a low volume. Not literally getting it on. Oh shit, the second tune is called Barry White! I didn’t know, I swear. They switch it up a bit and bring in a MC which changes the flow of the track. The dude from the opener should be on this one! The formula is okay and they do it well but it’s a too chill for me, makes me want to get the international flavored coffee and the patchouli out yo.
@@@ No Warning: Torture Culture (Last Gang, 2017) A few pre-release singles off a record that straddles mainstream metal and brighter, Orange County punk. Think Guns ‘n Roses smashed up with (what’s their name? You know Fat Mike and shit…NOFX, that’s the name, thank you interwebz). Lots of rolling guitar distortion with an anguished but not super pissed off singer. I guess it lands more on the metal side, the Motley Crue neighborhood with Vince and thank God for that. Arena rock drums, mid tempo headbangers, come and get it America!
YTD recordings listened to: 663
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 356
Not good music: 281
Honorable Mentions: 6
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