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Will DiMaggio – At Ease

17-Aug-18

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Happy left field electro. Discogs calls this future jazz which I’ll need to check out.

Has a funky sort’ve new world vibe to it, cool pan flute sound.

Thoughts
This is really good, fresh and original sound. He successfully builds on the retro la-funk that’s been so popular lately.

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https://www.discogs.com/Will-DiMaggio-At-Ease/release/11768093

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Carla Bozulich – Quieter

16-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Drifting experimental singer, range of styles and sounds. Ambient and dark.

Thoughts
I like something about this but as a straight document it didn’t really resonate with me. Felt it drifted too much and never delivered on impactful moments. Marc Ribot’s guitar was a fitting texture, I’d be curious to hear other collaborations between them.

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https://www.discogs.com/Carla-Bozulich-Quieter/release/11980014

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Grand River – Crescente

16-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Modern intellectual compositional ambient like electro.

Thoughts
Well crafted with enjoyable moments but overall dull and drifting.

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https://www.discogs.com/Grand-River-Crescente/release/10925592

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Grand River – Wers

15-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Hip sexy modern electro.

Thoughts
Good borderline generic electro. I like what’s she’s doing and has a good ear for a trendy accessible bounce here. Has a fun summer vibe.

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https://www.discogs.com/Grand-River-Wers/release/8160913

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

It’s A Beautiful Day – Live At The Fillmore ’68

15-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Lively 60s rock band (think dead and the band) with strings.

Thoughts
It’s OK but overall they aren’t up to their peers. I think this would’ve been a blast live but doesn’t hold up to the test of time.

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https://www.discogs.com/Its-A-Beautiful-Day-Live-At-The-Fillmore-68/release/6294763

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Ryo Fukui – Scenery

14-Aug-18

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?
Proper Jazz piano trio

Thoughts
Solid and highly accessible jazz album. A mix of originals and standards, each feels perfect. Lyrical playing and agile without feeling over the top. Recommended.

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https://www.discogs.com/Ryo-Fukui-Scenery2/release/7296774

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Beach House – 7

14-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Electro rock. Spacey and ethereal at times, trip hop like.

Thoughts
Reminds me of the electro rock blonde redhead was popular for like 10 years ago but with better songwriting.

Revisiting this a month or two later, really haven’t found a lot to come back to.

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https://www.discogs.com/Beach-House-7/release/11985825

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Pusha T – Daytona

13-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Some of the best modern rap

Thoughts

A+ kanye production, like he’s somehow worked in all his best attributes (soul samples, modern industrial electro) and gave him to pusha t.

Pusha keeps getting better. Still talking a lot about drugs but it’s more approachable. Fewer choruses and more focus on the raps, great verses all around for him.

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https://www.discogs.com/Pusha-T-Daytona/release/12284285

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Blanketship – Klangwunder / The Sound Of Fun Surrounds You

10-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Vintage jazz rock meets found sound DJ

Thoughts
Pretty good, forward thinking collage of lots of different sounds. The second record, klangwunder, was a bit more uneven and sporadic sounding.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blanketship-Klangwunder-The-Sound-Of-Fun-Surrounds-You/release/2030041

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Playboi Carti – Die Lit

09-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Repetitive mumble raps ( I guess this is trap) over youthful production. It’s got that emo teen vibe uzi has – I really like the sound.

Thoughts
This is great. I don’t see the album having any lasting replayability but in 2018 it works. Feels like it’s a continued progression of the ‘not really saying anything’ lyricism but proves that content isn’t needed if it’s catchy. With that in mind this is a true reflection of the times and communication: the message doesn’t matter as long as it looks or sounds a certain way. He’s also got some impressive guest spots who adapt to his style and flow. I find this telling about his relevance as he’s pulling big names into his orbit.

I think the mistake someone could make is approaching this as a traditional rap album. His style is so drastically different than say illmatic that we need to see it as a purely aesthetic piece and consider it differently. In that way it succeeds massively. Creating something original that’s just throwing constant rhythmic hooks at you. It’s almost as if you’re listening to a warm-up session where they’re just feeling out the beat trying to flow, not working on the perfect verse. I see a lot of followers from this. He’s actually at his worse in the middle of the album when he’s speaking clearly.

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https://www.discogs.com/Playboi-Carti-Die-Lit/release/12102645

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Rating: 3 out of 5