Antonio Sanchez – New Life

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
I’ll call this adult contemporary jazz. Modern melodic playing, at times building with rock-like structures

Moods
Pensive autumn walk

Thoughts
A lot to like here: top notch songwriting that builds effectively, each piece works as a standalone single.
Playing is great. Not usually a fan of Alto-sax players but I like him here.

Aspects of this border on corny. “New life”, for instance, has this new age scatting that I found distracting.

Overall great playing and writing makes this an album I’ve enjoyed coming back to over the past few years.

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https://www.discogs.com/Antonio-Sanchez-New-Life/release/4490046

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Rating: 4 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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https://www.discogs.com/Bush-Tetras-Boom-In-The-Night-Original-Studio-Recordings-1980-1983/release/4786346

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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

★★☆☆☆ = 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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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Avant garde electro

Thoughts

OPN has highly effective moments that will always keep me curious about his work. R plus seven is a great piece of work but it gets a little tiring at times (maddening loops, lots of nothing). Fans will recognize these as signatures of his compositions which help to build toward these bigger moments.

The Sonic profile of his music serves to create the apt description of “Facebook servers making music”.

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https://www.discogs.com/Oneohtrix-Point-Never-R-Plus-Seven/release/5183009

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Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Techno, creative electro, British, jungle at times

Thoughts
While these are rough cuts Kieran’s noodling is better then most polished outputs. He employs jungle like rhythm which isn’t usually my thing but it’s done well here, creating a worldly type of vibe.

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https://www.discogs.com/Four-Tet-Beautiful-Rewind/release/4968029

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Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

⭐⭐⭐⭐

What’s it sound like?
‘ugly’ drug rap – raw and unflinching – featuring production from some of this generation best producers.

Thoughts
One of the best rap albums of the 2010s, Pusha T’s distinct aggressive style is in top form here. However it’s a love or hate kind of thing, so maybe not the best starting place for those unfamiliar with Clipse.

Given his relationship with both Pharrell and Kanye all of the Clipse albums are worth listening to. This is no exception and serves as a certain precursor to yeezus.

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https://www.discogs.com/Pusha-T-My-Name-Is-My-Name/release/5029541

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Calvin Keys – Electric Keys

⭐⭐⭐

Guitar driven jazz with a strong blues lean. I like the blusier numbers like telegraph blues and the hernia but jazz tracks like love and innocence are also good.

Solid outing from the great guitarist Calvin Keys.

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