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Be Here Early: Newly Released Album reviews 7-14-17 – 7-20-17

Dear – Boris – Sludge metal via Japan and album # 23, sounds like more of the same by these women monsters of deep rumbling sounds that are all at the bottom of the teacup – C

Kaleidoscope EP – Coldplay –recent odds and sods, “ALIENS” is low-grade Coldplay but all profits go to help refugees, no excuse for the rest of this five song dog except the Coldplay Chainsmokers remix live in Tokyo -a keeper – C

One Night Only – Cousin Stizz – Boston trip hop has a dreamy vibe and slow moodiness – C+

Jungle Rules – French Montana – He can’t rap and can’t sing that great either, and his songs are in search of a memorable hook – C

Soft Sounds from Another Planet – Japanese Breakfast – Ambient distillation mood music in pop hues of various shadings, all of which are blue – B-

Generate EP – Luttrell – Deep house sounds with good vibes for the believers and tedium for the rest of us – C

Mura Masa – Musa – UK DJ into Trophouse  (as in Tropical which sounds like Caribbean which sounds like reggae) -mostly means Major Lazerly beats along with the summer sounds of digital.  Not bad at all, especially featured performers from Damon Albarn, A$AP Rocky, Charli X, and excellent  London’s alternative r&b chanteuse NAO – B

The Queen Of Hearts – Offa Rex – English Art folk via the Decembrists and UK singer Olivia Chaney, covering the likes of Ewan MacColl and June Tabor, it won’t make you forget Sandy Denny but it might help you remember her – B

Ultralife – Oh Wonder – Ho hum duo singing  bad songs together – C-

Ego – RAC – Is an acronym for Remix Artists Collective, which is really Portugese remix artist André Allen Anjos recording self-penned indie pop with electronic orchestration  and featured artists like Rivers Cuomo… it goes on well past the point where it should have stopped – B

Turn Around EP – Sam Huber – The Finnish funk monster sounds like Lou Reed fronting Parliament on one song and the ultimate Sparks cover band on another, the third is art funk Scandinavian style – B+

Horse Of The Other World – See Through Dresses – baby War On Drugs only better -this is a gorgeous fuzzed our Nebraska band as plain as the landscape – B

Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star – Shabazz Palaces – It’s like when you are fast asleep and yet  music is playing in another room and drifting into your dream, lo mood music with infernal and wordy rapping you have to strain to hear – C

Quazarz Vs The Jealous Machines – Shabazz Palaces – “a world where humankind’s relationship with their tech-devices has become weirdly sensual, seducing a sedentary seamlessness with humans, while capturing and incarcerating the results of their imagination.” Sounds like a whole lotta fun instead of sounds that are a whole lot of fun – C

Need To Feel Your Love – Sheer Mag – 70s style hard rock – B

Dead Reflections – Silverstein – Ontario’s finest sound like they should sound like great hardcore, instead they sound like iffy popcore – C+

Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1 – The Pollyseeds are a cast of thousands including Rose Gold, Robert Glasper, Wyann Vaughn, Trevor Lawrence Jr, Brandon Eugene Owens, Taber Gable, Kamasi Washington, Marlon Williams, Jonathan Barber, and more, the sound is smooth outro jazz sometimes, funky bottomed jazz others – B

Night And day (Night Edition) – The Vamps – Paint drying pop soul – C-

Bastille Day EP – The White Stripes – The entire first White Stripes concert ever, only three songs of course, 20 years after the fact, now available for streaming. Two songs off the eponymous debut and a cover of “Love Potion # 9. Distorted guitar blues noise plus thumping and the cover is knockout – B+

Stay Cool – Twinsmith – “Hug Me” is good indie rock pop but it drags after that – C+

Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 – Various Artists – I haven’t listened to this series in years, it remains a little obvious but it works  like the early Kidz Bop stuff, they rid themselves of all the thousands of tracks smothered on modern pop and cut it back to the song, which either works or doesn’t. Both Eat Your Heart Out and The Amity Affliction do themselves favors, and Boston Manor gives us a very credible “Heathens” – B

Out In The Storm – Waxahatchee – The bedsitland girl from Alabama returns with her fourth, and her best, album to date: strong indie rockers with a full band to take that lo fi vibe and add groove. A break up song, the opener “Never Been Wrong,” is the best thing she has ever written and the spiritual organ that intros “Recite Remorse” proves just how far forward she has come as an arranger. The songs were always there – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Sounds From The Other Side – Wizkid – You know Wizkid from “One Dance” and in his native Nigeria he is a major popstar, here the Drake collaboration on “Come Closer” is a keeper, and elsewhere the world beats catch you up where Drake has been pilfering from, but the beats aren’t enough to sustain the songs, not even the one with Major Lazer which should be tailored for him – C+

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