Kettel – Smiling Little Cow

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

IDM

Moods

Like an unpretentious aphex twin record

Thoughts

quick but not aggressive. Intelligent but fun. flirts with drum and bass but never goes there.

A representative album of golden age IDM – electronic music with folk sensibilities. Taken as a whole it drags, too over blown without appropriate variety.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Kettel-Smiling-Little-Cow/release/46619

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43ayL6PpzCI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6G7vC_T860

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isUkpMY3AIw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpGxO9bj6_4

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Max Graef Band – Dog

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Jazzy punk funk by amateurs

Moods

An enjoyable jazzy dance punk record

Thoughts

The basic but prominent bass work give this an 80s dance punk vibe like the minutemen or that other LES stuff like the ESG. Keys and rhythm provide an accessible jazz funk but it remains grounded.

A great hybrid of those two styles, nothing inventive but it's a fun record with an easy amateur feel that's appealing.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Max-Graef-Band-Dog-/release/7837490

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXorVKlYj1Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBDwyynSBL4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9P5lvySQLo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TRBQec5A7U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8RSUcX2zV0

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Sun Ra – Lanquidity

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

large lazy bluesy jazz

Moods

Sun Ra at his most groovy

Thoughts

This kicks off with a bore but picks up quick with 'Where pathways meet'; a swinging jazz track with elements of rock and blues that give it a pretty hip feel. It's got an appealing imperfection, it falls in and out of time as if it's of not much importance.

'That's how I feel' continues the vibe but things get a little sleepier. Rhodes solos take the place of the electric guitar and a nocturnal atmosphere sets in. There's some type of hand drum on these tracks and it sounds like they recorded it by putting the microphone in the drum to get this fantastic tone.

A groovy outing from one of the legends in avant-garde jazz.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Sun-Ra-Lanquidity/release/12601284

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=238Dh6N9GLg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf-OxkoTNp4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_KLSKSX2PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5vRHbQoTlc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtVmUKcI5l4

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

The Crusaders – Crusaders 1

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

groovy jazz funk rock (fusion?)

Moods

Crack open a can of that smooth 70s groove

Thoughts

polished and slick fusion that's pretty straightforward rock at times. Lots of brass and 70s funk licks. A little too slick and jazzy at times for me to call it a record I love (that might be one of my problems with fusion is that it sits in the middle) but I can dig this groove, that drummer is so in the pocket it's ridiculous.

Love some parts – keys solo on Georgia cottonfield. The chilled out funk on so far away, an album highlight.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Crusaders-Crusaders-1/release/2447492

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J84IiZ6WfGI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OahE2GGaGq4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHGlEvEtbuU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jXsPUB-Qf0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfSp5gcFf9w

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The Crusaders – Crusaders 1

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes – Music For Saxofone & Bass Guitar

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Abstract bedroom smooth jazz

Moods

Hangs around like steam rising after a summer downpour.

Thoughts

Bunch of rough ambient sax and basic supporting sounds like a drum machine or bass line. At times it's like they're boiling modern r&b to its most basic form with looping finger snaps or whispery beatbox. It's a bunch of sketches, not really an album. There's a lot of ambient background noise, effective as another texture like burial. Has an improv vibe.

Gendel is a good sax player, really hear his rich sound on the solos ( track one is a good example).

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Sam-Gendel-Sam-Wilkes-Music-For-Saxofone-Bass-Guitar/release/12194261

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enX9Fr-I8MA

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Owane – Yeah Whatever

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

jammy prog rock with nu-jazz chops

Moods

guitar wanking

Thoughts

Progs not really my thing. I admire the technical prowess on display ( this album is impressively precise) but it lacks heart and songwriting. It veers heavily into wanky jammy stuff, making music for the sake of making music; not sure what purpose it serves.

There are moments and talent but I think you can find a better album to turn on.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Owane-Yeah-Whatever/release/11900528

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNjiQt1GbH8

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Overmono – Whities 019

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

rhythmic leftfield electro

Moods

accessible experimental electro

Thoughts

As good as anything that's been produced by interesting leftfield artists in recent years. A good example is the dueling percussion lines on track 1: skittish like aphex twin, but also has a hip and appealing vibe.

Really solid on further listens, tight EP.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Overmono-Whities-019/release/12867498

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjrclkgODdk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtT4LktJmWg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9fOHmPA4qU

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Tirzah – Devotion

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

DIY R&b

Moods

Somewhere in love

Thoughts

The unpolished rawness defines this album, the beats are sparse and highly repetitive with just a drum machine and synth short loop for each song; almost like a modern acoustic album. Her natural singing voice is subdued and focused on love; often in big statements but never too excited. I guess it's a testament to her songwriting that this works as well as it does.

It's an intimate listen, definitively British and at times ghostly like early James Blake.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Tirzah-Devotion/release/12415861

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZPP38OVT-M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA6c0WXGKjU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2EIDPpzXUE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KFvEvRAjyw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWUODt6LJ0Y

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Tirzah – Devotion

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Topdown Dialectic – Topdown Dialectic

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

minimal house with ambient ideas

Moods

A black cosmos speckled with particle grooves

Thoughts

Really connect with this. Highly repetitive song structures with interesting bits that subtly float up through the rhythm. There tends to be some rhythm even when it's at is most atmospheric, makes this an accessible record for people who wouldn't typically listen to ambient. Production mimics lofi at times.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Topdown-Dialectic-Topdown-Dialectic/release/13230387

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWRk6DUlR8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTED4Tn_q6o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy-2mEg9TTU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89usL-4pI1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zMkBu_E84Y

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

Sounds like?

British semi-psychedelica jangly 80s rock

Moods

I wanna be adored

Thoughts

There's a certain magic captured on this album that makes this essential music. It's a wanderlust feeling that speaks really well to a coming of age person, exploring relationships with poetry but not sappiness. The twinge of psychedelica gives it this slight haze that serves as a great balance to the expertly crafted pop. It shows it's age in places but I still really enjoy the first half which continues to age well, especially with newer fascinations with 'chill vibes'.

For years this was exclusively a headphone album. Relistening a decade later I think how great this would've been live at an outdoor festival, enjoyed with community. I'm really attracted to the jammy bits which I could see opening up into some cool things live (especially fools gold).

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Stone-Roses-The-Stone-Roses/release/156092

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D2qcbu26gs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD6Pq0bSMPo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NrLBlw9WZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-WRa8jtZD0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfHoPIxhXM

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Rating: 5 out of 5