Galcher Lustwerk – 200% Galcher

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Hip modern deep house with mumbling lyrics.

Moods
Nocturnal and hip

Thoughts
I’m a fan of this dude’s production, it’s like a tasteful young Americans take on Koze. The lyrics detract at times as they’re most just general ruminating that don’t say a whole lot.

Like the aesthetic and sound overall.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Dodger Stadium – Big Wave More Fire

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Energetic electro with vocals

Moods
2017 with a kick

Thoughts
Fan of these dudes, underrated producers who produced great mixes as LOL boys as well as for Kanye. I thought their debut was great (note: I should revisit that one) but a bit on the experimental side at times.

I like this release albeit a bit repetitive as an entire album. Production relies on vocoder and a break beat style that gives instant energy. The usage of vocoder reminds me of Justin Vernon at times and I can’t picture this aging gracefully. Still, a lot to like on this highly accessible album.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Nas – Nasir

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Nas rapping over beats kanye crafted just for him.

Thoughts
Nas just doesn’t deliver here which is unfortunate as it feels like Kanye was stretching outside his usual to produce this just for Nas.

A weak spot in the summer of Kanye.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Crunchy punky early aughts NYC indie rock.

Thoughts
Fantastic album. Short potent songs that capture a jagged balance of guitar and Karen O’s strength as a leader.

Feels like a seminal LES album of the times. Cleaner than NY in the 80s but still a bit dirty.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Leo Kottke,Mike Gordon – Sixty Six Steps

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Technically proficient guitar (x2?), drum acoustic trio.

Thoughts
Hokey, clean blue grass.

Instrumentation is great, lyrics are crap; couldn’t get into it.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Karen Dalton – In My Own Time

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
60s folk rock

Thoughts
Interesting listen, a set of covers by a distinct voice who straddles the line between folk, rock, and country. She brings a distinctive touch to each, making them sound fully like her own songs. I like the tracks backee by a band ( in my own dream, one night of love) but she does well in more stripped down solo moments too.

Great songwriting mixed with a great singer makes for a great record, recommended.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Shocking Blue – At Home

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Taken from popmatters: the Shocking Blue seem like they set out to be the Dutch Jefferson Airplane, with acid-rock guitar, a full-throated Grace Slick wannabe in Veres, eclectic instrumentation, and semi-hallucinatory lyrics about free love, voodoo, California, and the like. But unlike the Airplane, the Shocking Blue never succumb to pretentiousness through either diffuse experimentation or ponderous songwriting. Instead the band churns out pseudo-psychedelic bubblegum, with all the precision and eagerness to please.

Thoughts
I like this, it’s like well written 60s psychadelica played efficiently by totally sober people.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
an indie rock band doing drunk late night lounge

Thoughts
Remarkably different than I remember the arctic monkeys, there’s something intriguing about the direction. After reading the wikipedia its clear Alex Turner is clearly inspired by all the right people. Production is gorgeous with that modern style where everything is turned up in the mix and makes for a rich listen.

I think the lyrics are the weak point: self indulgent, forced poetry that’s trying too hard to be weird. Its not bad but at best like a cult record I’ll enjoy as passive listening; unnecessary at worst.

I want to love this record, and believe I haven’t given it the full chance, but after two listens it still hadn’t set in.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Straightforward 70s pop-rock like big star.

Thoughts
A little soft lyrically, his natural whine a bit off-putting. Rockier numbers like ‘I got kinda lost’ are great.

Felt it was missing something, guess Alex Chilton is needed.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Bush Tetras – Boom In The Night (Original Studio Recordings 1980-1983)

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
New York’s version of early Clash: dark and divey.

Thoughts
This is a great record, right up there with other punk and post-punk of the era. At times they can sound like more modern dance punk but with a refreshing straight-forwardness that I think is lost in current bands.

I mention the clash because they incorporate a world/dub sound that I think the clash does so well.

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Rating: 4 out of 5