Music for 1/17/20!!! Locobeach, Sonora Casion, Aleks di Roma, Batunga and the Subprimes

LOCOBEACH | Psychedelic Disco Cumbia (Dorsal Fin/Peace & Rhythm, 2019) There’s a lot of cumbia floating around which is great as it’s a fine musical form easily updated for today’s modern ears. Or post modern ears. These guys focus on the guitars and the retro organ, both of which are catchy as shit here. A smooth singer comes in and pops a crooner’s vibe into the steady rhythms and melodic playing. They get into some disco type action, some lounge business, and a wee bit of dub and some rock but I’m on the fifth tune and the singer has been on one track.

SONORA CASINO | Trompeteros (Vampisoul, 2019) All of today’s listens come from WRIR’s weekly email. This is a reissue of a 1972 record that comes out February 7th so it’s not up on Apple Music though the original 1972 release is up there. Mad confusing. I will give it a short peep and then probably see if they remastered the record after it comes out in February. This is high end party music — pumping horns and a flamboyant singer with mad percussion and piano. It’s a crowded mix for sure and it’s a full on party! I will return to this after the reissue comes out but these guys will get fannies out on the dancefloor.

ALEKS DI ROMA | Alma Del Sur (self-released, 2019) An updated take on romantic, nylon guitar driven Latin music. A little melancholy trumpet on the first track and some pleasant singing on these first two tracks. I like the trumpet and the singing but I don’t like the adult alternative/smooth jazz vibes that creep up here and there. Born in the Ukraine but living here most of his life (googled his bio) you gotta give props to somebody making a huge cultural leap out of their love of a certain musical style.

BATUNGA AND THE SUBPRIMES | “Gates Of Ouantou” [Single] (Matasuna, 2019) A retro and militant Afrobeat with a little Santana swirled up in there. Rhythmic and on fleek horn work with some organ and guitar panned out to the sides to fill out the track. All instrumental and poppin.

YTD recordings listened to: 50
Good music, not list worthy: 30
Not good music: 20

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

Music for 1/16/20!!! Saigon Soul Revival, El Wali, Jouwala Collective, Alefa Madagascar, Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia

SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL | Hoa Am Xura (INFRACom! 2019) Today’s listens come to you from WRIR’s weekly playlist email. Here we have a Vietnamese band doing an old school hippie blues/soul thing in their own language. Wild! The playing and the singing is energetic and they even rock a horn section. I congratulate these musicians for learning a musical style they must have gotten obsessed with. Outside of the ear catching juxtaposition that you’re listening to Blues Traveler or the Blues Brothers sing in Vietnamese I don’t love listening to it.

EL WALI | Tiris (Sahel Sounds, 2019) Regular readers know that I’m super into African music. Let me peep some geographical/biographical info on these guys. On bandcamp they describe themselves as being from Western Sahara which I guessed but I will leave it at that. The singer sounds very devotional and passionate the playing is less desert blues and even sports a few synth flavors. I like the way the synths change the listener’s perception of the music but it does soften the proceedings. Ah, these are programmed drums so this is a lo fi indie African thing and is not designed to be a rocking live band record. It doesn’t sound lo fi but it does have a programmed sound of a bedroom project.

JOUWALA COLLECTIVE | Bazaar (self-released, 2019) A collective of musicians in Virginia doing a blend of Gnawa music (in the Morocco area) mashed up with other musical influences. A little jam rock, a whole bunch of world music and maybe a pube of New Age business as well. I like the upbeat tunes more than the slow jams and the fourth tune, Samawi the best of what I heard. That’s a fat track.

ALEFA MADAGASCAR: SALEGY, SOUKOUS AND SOUL FROM THE RED ISLAND 1974-1984 | various artists (Strut, 2019) Apple Music says this is a peek into ’70s and ’80s music on Madagascar. To my ear they were a rocking with a funky African vibe. I like this compilation as it’s busting out with retro rock energy. Check it out!

JAMBU E OS MITICOS SONS DA AMAZONIA | various artists (Analog Africa, 2019) A compilation of music from Northern Brazil which has strong ties back to African culture due to the legacy of slavery. Oh man, this first tune is hot, uptempo with outstanding singing. I’m on the fifth tune and though I’ve thought Analog Africa has been a bit of an overrated imprint this record is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock. This record looks to be going onto my list of best of year.

YTD recordings listened to: 46
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 18

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

Music for 1/14/20!!! Maximum Joy, Marcus King, Fenne Lily

@@@ Maximum Joy: Station MXJY (Maximum Joy, 2017) I saw this reissue of an 1982 release in an email from Stranded Records. Blurb clipped here:

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This music is from a less locked down time. Before algorithms, before the self censoring of social media, they’re just playing and enjoying it. It’s a blend of rock, world and jazzy sounds smashed up into one. I like the spirit and the energy and the combination of sounds, but I don’t really like the tunes. That’s just me so check it for yourself.

@@@ Marcus King: One Day She’s Here (Fantasy/Concord, 2019) I got to this updated electric blues track via music biz honcho/loudmouth Bob Lefsetz. He usually has very pedestrian taste with a bent towards cliche lyrics about love. He’s a white boy and I’m justifiably nervous of the white electric blues god, but this is more of a funky white boy thing as he sings in a solid falsetto and plinks more than shreds. The arrangement is full on ’70s ensemble with string flourishes and some percussion to go with the drum kit. The vocal hook is ‘she disappears like the dawn, one day’s she’s here and the next she’s gone.’ It’s all right as a hook and I would say if you don’t like the chill ’70s funky rock vibe you won’t like the tune. I find it all right.

@@@ Fenne Lily: On Hold (Fenne Lily, 2018) Artist of the week of at Line of Best fit. This first tune is a mope-pop mash with twinkly guitar. This first tune Car Park has a tambourine in it, and I love tambourine. Lily’s voice is slightly wispy and melancholy and I like it, but I find the music here to be a tad simple for my taste. Let’s peep a bit more. I don’t like her voice enough to offset the music which I find a bit retro and predictable. If she put some more interesting sounds underneath her voice she’d be onto something.

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YTD recordings listened to: 41
Good music, not list worthy: 25
Not good music: 18

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, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon