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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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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Neil Young – Dead Man

08-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Textural guitar noodling by Young

Thoughts

It’s kind of unfair reviewing this as its a soundtrack but whatever, doesn’t really work as say standalone album. Half of it is corny dialogue that’s skipable. The 6 guitar solos are interesting on a superficial level but nothing very memorable.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Buzzy Lee – Facepaint EP

07-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Female pop singer fronting a band an indie adult contemporary band.

Thoughts
Good, poppy and catchy. Very ‘OK’

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Valee,Chase The Money – VTM

07-Aug-18

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

What’s it sound like?
Disinterested generic rapping over amateur boomy beats.

Thoughts
If you’re not paying attention this sounds OK, I like the ‘removed’ vibe, but if you listen too close it falls apart.

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Rating: 1 out of 5

 

Lindstrøm – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is

06-Aug-18

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Future italio disco

Thoughts

This is good! I’ve generally been a fan of his productions but here he’s making Todd Terje’s nu-disco thing sexy and cool.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

03-Aug-18

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?
The best of 90s radio alt rock.

Thoughts
A very important record to me, I could not stop listening to this when it came out in the summer of 1995. I know I wasn’t alone cause it was played constantly on the radio. It’s an important part of the development of my musical taste.

However even without that attachment the record has some all-out classics and otherwise great songs. Her lyrics are as the title would suggest, jagged. She’s observant and articulate which is why I think this has such universal love. The lyrics are highly memorable. Her songs often employ a juxtaposed approach: aggressive and then a quiet ‘innocent’ moment. It creates a dynamic aspect to her tracks

Instrumentation- love the textures, where was that bassline in the original master of you oughta know? There’s an interesting drum-loop like thing happening there. It appears again on you learn, giving a slight hip hop like bounce. Overall a perfect balance of alt and grunge textures in the singer-songwriter space. Her vocal range is impressive and perhaps best on display on forgiven. Perfect is over the top in it’s forced emotion around bad parenting.

An enjoyable trip down memory lane that stands the test of time.
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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Bambooman,Kirk Barley – Bambooman ‎– Whispers

02-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
An assortment of left field electro

Thoughts
I found the interludes Frost and melt interesting in their organic percussive approach. Static is a good one, Koze like.

Guests on side one felt generic and uninspired, play it safe electro pop. The second half is much better opening up into more exploratory left field ideas.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Gene Harris – Instant Party

01-Aug-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Light groovy jazz

Thoughts
Great playing is on display here but I didn’t find anything that memorable. This would work well as jazzy daytime background music.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

31-Jul-18

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Funkadelic

Thoughts
Apparently this is a set of b sides from the funkadelic era which makes this a must hear. I think it’s as good as anything from that legendary run of their core records even if it’s lacking a cohesive concept.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Ellington Uptown

30-Jul-18

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Big band / swing

Thoughts
Not really my thing but ode to Harlem is amazing. Take the a-train is an obvious classic too though I prefer covers of it.

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Rating: 2 out of 5