J. Balvin – Vibras

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Classy reggaeton

Moods

👏👏

Thoughts

First I've heard this dude, like what I'm hearing and see a lot of potential in this style. Guess it's kind of similar to r&b/rap or some other global hybrid that's become the recent trend. Anyways it works: good upbeat energy with that classic reggaeton bump keeping it alive. What separates this from the corny bodega beat is solid production that gives this a sleek sexy modern appeal. Tracks are better towards the beginning but it works overall. Suggested for fans of global pop.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/J-Balvin-Vibras/release/12615542

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJ6LuUFpMo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzgw0XldTC0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTs1RFjWidU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zn4dAuZ2RU

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Elza Soares – A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Samba Punk

Moods
Scorching evening on the esplanade

Thoughts
A curious record, original to my ears. I’ve always enjoyed elements of samba but its a genre that seems to appeal to purists and is stuck in the past, all roads leading to Jobim. Here the band and writing has a punk direction (of the south american variety) but with a samba flavor. She was 80 when she record this so there is an element of maturity. It’s this juxtaposition of such a mature voice being coupled with an edgy sound that gives it the appeal. I’ve often felt frustrated by the mellowing of artists catalogs as they get older so it’s nice to hear something where someone is pushing themselves in a younger direction.

I’ll be honest this isn’t the type of thing I plan on revisiting much but there’s something about the sound that I find interesting. Worth a listen.

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https://www.discogs.com/Elza-Soares-A-Mulher-Do-Fim-Do-Mundo/release/7568602

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Little Joy – Little Joy

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A west-coast chilled out version of the strokes

Thoughts
A gem, perfect little beach acoustic record.Nothing extraordinary but a positive vibe like a precious local band at an outdoor spot.

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https://www.discogs.com/Little-Joy-Little-Joy/release/1603486

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Quasimode – Oneself-LIKENESS

⭐⭐⭐

Relentless percussion and piano give this album a steady forward momentum, reminds me of samba. This is a jazz album though structurally it feels like pop. Solos don’t off much or showcase the character of the players, seems the emphasis is on precision rather than exploration.

Track highlights include Skeleton coast and feeling green which feature hip hop like drumming.

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https://www.discogs.com/Quasimode-Oneself-LIKENESS/release/4158791

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