@@@ The Jack Moves: Red Lights (Everloving, 2018). Skate-funk (wha??) I got to via a music publicist email. I guess when they mean skate, they mean roller rink skating and not skateboarding. This is some mellow ass, quiet storm, loverboy shit with some funk. It’s no monsoon of funk, it’s a white boy doing a modified blued eyed soul routine. I like the bass player, I don’t love the guitar part, and the drummer needs a Red Bull.
@@@ Lea Love: No Feels (Mensch House, 2018). Some bouncy reggae also from a music publicist email. This tune is at a very similar tempo but the beats are much beefier and Love brings the energy on the microphone. One tune is funk and one tune is a reggae/soul explosion but the white boys should peep this and note the flavor pack. They have some standard but interesting eq sweeps through the tune that momentarily sucks the high end out of the track and fades it back in. It’s not the most amazing tune ever but it’s got motion and rhythm at a higher level than the track above.
@@@ PLANET: SAVE.SOLD (N/A, 2018) I got to what I think is going to be a rock track off an online music magazine. After an intro guitar it gets into an Oasis type thing with a lot of guitar chords/distortion and a white boy shuffle drum beat. I like the vocal hook here ‘You tell me you’ve been saved, you tell me you’ve been sold’. It’s got more than a bit of shoegaze dropped in there which lends not a melancholic vibe but a less rocking flavor.
YTD recordings listened to: 587
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 313
Not good music: 239
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, RAM, Fiver, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Peregoyo y su Combo vacana, serpentwithfeet