Jono Ma,Dreems – The Dreemas

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Accessible energetic building tasteful techno

Moods

Kind of like jock jams for kompakt records

Thoughts

These are long tracks that rely on repetitive, patient builds. Engaging from the pulse they keep, with ‘love trance mission’ with its chugging core and playfulness; I hear jaguar mas production flourishes for sure.

The later tracks are highlights. Still with that trance-like relentlessness but with more of a focus on melody.

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https://www.discogs.com/Jono-Ma-Dreems-The-Dreemas/release/11382298

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyJBXf6bfEA

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBLl-1ncl5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPyEpmk0WsM

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Hip modern funky chill jazz

Moods

Feeling cool

Thoughts

I like the instrumentation a lot, groove focused over technical playing (he played keys on that makaya mccraven ‘where we come from’ album I enjoy). Competent bass keeps a hip hop flavor alive, ‘mollison’ is great pure dub revival that I bet is a fun jam live. Vocals really detract on 'starting today' which felt forced but work on 'too far' which reminds me of thundercat in it's melancholic mantra repetition and 'London's face' where the tempo is kicked up a bit.

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https://www.discogs.com/Joe-Armon-Jones-Starting-Today/release/11972498

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Efdemin – Naïf

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

A variety of minimal electro ranging from accessible club to thumping industrial with a few experimental noise tracks thrown in for good measure

Moods

Berghain

Thoughts

Apparently this is a mix and I heard the unmixed version on Spotify so I'm totally misinformed in reviewing this. Anyhow, good minimal. The later third, starting with a track by Tobias, opens into more aggressive Berlin techno that capture the Berghain mood well. The rest were mediocre open-ended cuts that never build to anything but perhaps would take on a different meaning if mixed.

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https://www.discogs.com/Efdemin-Na%C3%AFf/release/11966047

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

High-Klassified – Kanvaz

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Electro hip hop

Moods

Big Boomy

Thoughts
Meh, nothing very interesting here.

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https://www.discogs.com/High-Klassified-Kanvaz/release/11953128

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Nelson Of The East – Night Frames

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Slick instrumental house disco afro funk

Moods
Dancing at a show

Thoughts
This hovers somewhere in the middle of afro-funk, disco and house. Has a nice feel sexy worldly feel.

First couple of tracks are ok: thumping bassline, tasteful keys flirt with soulfulness ( especially the last bit on ‘night frames’).

‘Obalyeko’ gets more interesting: introducing a vocal sample, marimba-like part and a complex but crisp bass line. ‘En route’ chills things out with a techno like throb.

The Glenn Astro remix of the title track adds a wobbling dub baseline, probably the freshest thing on here with it’s direct electro influence.

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https://www.discogs.com/NOTE-Night-Frames/release/12224797

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Makaya McCraven – Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Modern jazz with a strong hip hop bend

Moods
Evening warehouse jam

Thoughts
A fine example of jazz that successfully incorporates hip hop elements, typically these hybrids are reversed (eg Kendricks backing band). This has a dynamic energy to it, making good use of effects and electronics to keep things fresh. While it plays like a live album this was stitched together in post production which benefits the experience as something that’s just one big highlight. Exploratory playful, energetic, progressive: what jazz is all about.

Recommended tracks: ox tales, repetitive drumline pushes things forward with a soulful keys solo on top, King drive utilizes a James Blake pitched down vocal to extreme effectiveness on a track already utilizing off-time signatures.

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https://www.discogs.com/Makaya-McCraven-Where-We-Come-From-CHICAGOxLONDON-Mixtape/release/12364402

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Popcaan – Forever

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Chilled out dancehall

Moods
Nighttime in the Caribbean

Thoughts
I like Popcaan’s overall style as well the productions here, I just wish this was hookier. His calm and slow approach takes some of the fun, carefreeness out of dancehall. Definitely some good tracks to be found but they are too far between a bunch of filler on this overly long album.

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https://www.discogs.com/Popcaan-Forever/release/12304688

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Low-key R&B

Moods
Babe we got this

Thoughts
This EP is not without flaws, and takes a few tracks to get into swing, but I find it to be a charming set of songs. The easy going and intimate productions anchored by simple guitar and percussion fits her limited range perfectly, putting some memorable lyrical adages front and center.

‘Issues’ and ‘Hurry’ are modern r&b gems.

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https://www.discogs.com/Teyana-Taylor-KTSE/release/12173407

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Clairo – diary 001

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Bedroom pop

Moods

Highschool

Thoughts
Something charming here. It’s a bedroom pop record with basic ‘happy’ synth productions. While it feels personal it’s done in a way that’s not overly sappy.

Her vocal abilities could be developed further, it’s a stretch to call this singing.

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https://www.discogs.com/Clairo-diary-001/release/12117719

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Rival Consoles – Persona

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Energetic electro

Moods
Rather be listening to another rival consoles album

Thoughts
Not crazy about this release. The first two Rival Console albums had a distinct intensity to them that is missing here. Instead this album favors more melodic moments that doesn’t land as well.

I do like the brief pair of calm instrumental tracks, in kind and the album closer. Introspective in tone they featured a meandering keyboard solo over some hissy electro beat. Hope there’s more of this somewhere.

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https://www.discogs.com/Rival-Consoles-Persona/release/11887899

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Rating: 2 out of 5