@@@ Blackout JA & LionDub: Rize Again (Liondub Int’l, 2020) Bouncy ass electro dub I got to via this week’s WRIR playlist email. I’m postulating that it’s Mr. Blackout on the microphone and it sounds like he’s about to eat it. Gravelly and pumping energy characterize his style. The drum machine beats are pretty standard and solid and there’s really not a lot to the arrangement after the drums and synth bass. There’s some synth action used both percussively and with small melodic action and I hear a plinky guitar pushed back in the mix. I’m a dancehall fan and this is an energetic specimen.
@@@ Lido Pimienta: Eso Que Tu Haces (Anti-, 2020) A Canadian/Colombian born female artist/indigenous person smashing up a bunch of musical styles. Regular readers know I’m a fan of the mash as long it’s genuine and doesn’t go the art school pretentious route. Pimienta scores points right off the bat due to her soaring and beautiful voice. She’s got what I would call some world music-y type percussion (hand drum and shaker) as well as electro sounds — an electro marimba type synth patch and she’s singing in Spanish so it’s all mashed and smashed up! More instruments get added as the song progresses (horns most notably) and she’s going for pretty drama here. Her voice is the star.
@@@ Ras Fraser Jr.: Nuh Weh Like Yawd (18 karat reggae, 2020) More uplifting roots reggae, a bit more aspirational than the first track up top. Very active bass, it doesn’t look to be a keyboard bass and some standard synth horn business providing a base for Fraser Jr. to praise Jamaica, his weed and his Lord. It’s all good and Fraser’s voice is sweet like a freshly baked currant roll. I’m quarantined outside the 5 boroughs which still has a few straight up amazing Caribbean bakeries. You can’t help but be affected by Fraser’s spiritual flow and I could go for a veggie patty. And a currant roll. And some cassave pone. And a roti!
@@@ Kevin Florez & The Busy Twist: Champetizate (Palenque Records, 2020) Oh Lord, more south of the border move your booty music, this time well, these guitar lines are so close to West African music that it’s hard to classify this music as strictly Latin. Florez is from Colombia and his champeta music is tied to African music so this all makes sense after a little Google Pimping. Let me count the ways I fucking hate Google. Florez is rocking it in Spanish, he works on top of a multi drum shuffle beat with a steady bass drum pulse and he’s just whipping a real and happening party. I love the mash and he’s slinging it! Check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 298
Good music, not list worthy: 158
Not good music: 130
Honorable Mentions: 0
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