Music for 10/23/19!!! Benny Mails, clipping., Joviale

@@@ Benny Mails: High On Stress (Self-released, 2019) I got to this UK rapper via a Line of Best Fit email. I’m addicted to UK hip hop, I can’t stop listening! Trappish beats, fat bass, and then Mails hits the mic and it sounds like Boris Johnson tryin’ to rub one out in the bus station! #nonsense Is it possible the British accent can not work within the aesthetic framework of hip hop? Further complicating matters is that I don’t understand the vocal hook, he gets high on stress, he’s so vexed. I guess he might be saying that he’s got so much going on and he up in it that he’s high on the stress. Or it may not make sense, but as he said that he’s vexed that makes two of us. Peep it, it’s fabolos in a way.

@@@ Clipping.: There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Sub Pop, 2019) Also from Line of Best Fit. With a title like this I thunk it was a metal or a noise record, but it’s not, it’s a hip hop record. After a spitfire intro rhyme bomb Mr. clippin. heads into a track with what might almost pass as a Laurie Anderson sonic arrangement. The MC is like a razor, he’s extremely sharp in his pronunciation and he’s working overtime. He gets a lot of words and verbal energy out into the listener’s ears. Halfway through the track the tune explodes into its full self with a complete beat, super fat bass and a giant synth serving as a wall for the chorus. The fifth track, La Mala Ordena, will be my last peep for this record. I dig this track a whole bunch, fresh sounds and above average rhyming. The roughness of this records exists at a more conceptual level — these aren’t stories of gangsta adventures it’s more meta than that. About two thirds of the way through this song the whole song just turns to abstract distorted noise and they run out the track with that shit. This outfit is fresh.

@@@ Joviale: The Crisis EP (Blue Flowers, 2019) Also from Line of Best fit. Last listen of the day and it’s gonna be lighter than the clipping. record above. This is British mainstream electro pop so it’s not quite as gaudy and Hollywood while it does push out a distinctly upbeat musical vibe. The singer is smooth and sweet but no panting and breathless nonsense. The sounds have an ’80s feel to them and the second tune Ride Away even has a wee Prince feel. I don’t love the guitar sounds and I find her voice to be front and center as the deserved main attraction. If folks want a different take on singer/songwriter pop check this out.

YTD recordings listened to: 551
Good music, not list worthy: 325
Not good music: 187

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping.

Music for 10/21/19!!! Hatari, Alma Afrobeat, Luka Productions

@@@ Hatari: Klefi (Svikamhylia, 2019) I can’t remember how I got to this Icelandic electro drama group. I like the heavy, slightly dark weight to this dancefloor banger and I like the Arabic/Middle Eastern flavors in both the arrangement and the vocals though I don’t dig the standard kick-bap rhythms that come to the forefront. It’s mad dramatical that’s what’s key to the tune. I have no idea what the tune is about but it’s got that Nine Inch Nails aggro dancefloor thing but with the Arabic spicing. If it didn’t have such a clunky beat I would feel it more for sure.

@@@ ALMA AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE | Monkey See, Monkey Do (Slow Walk, 2019) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. I don’t see this record up on my Apple Music so you have to head out to the righteous bandcamp to peep this Spanish Afrobeat band’s latest record. The music seems pretty strongly tied to Fela which is great for fans of Fela. I like Fela all right but I also dig Tony Allen’s stylized Afrobeat and I’m open to other variations. There is some resonator guitar/banjo type instrument that really switches up the vibe in the third tune and that’s the favorite of mine to this point. Some unusual instrumentation and sounds appear in the the brief fourth tune so I will take back my statement that these guys are so strongly connected to Fela’s music. I’m enjoying the horn section most here.

@@@ LUKA PRODUCTIONS: Falaw | Sahel Sounds, 2019 Also some African music from Mali off the WRIR weekly playlist email. Blurbed as a blend of Afrobeat, folk and hip hop on Apple Music. It opens up with a laidback more traditional arrangement and some mellow singing. The second tune Bbni brings in the African rhymes but the overall feeling is not very similar to American hip hop. There are African MCs that aspire to American style African hip hop but this is not that. However there is an updated and more energetic vocal approach to this music from Mali. You still get a blast of kora and guitars and kit drumming.

YTD recordings listened to: 545
Good music, not list worthy: 324
Not good music: 186

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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, 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, Noname, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter