July-October Music.

I got very busy after June, in the mad dash to get the OMR compiler component out the door, and so I got behind on writing up music.

Of course, I didn't stop listening! So, I'll try to go through some of what I found awesome over the last few months. 

John Lee Hooker's Decoration Day: Heartbreaker of a blues song. 

Sarathy Kowar's album Day to Day is fascinating. Bhajan is :thumbsup:. 

John Scofield's jazzy take on House of the Rising sub. Fun, especially as I've been learning to play guitar, and the straight forward traditional House of the Rising sun was one of the first things I learned to pick up. 

Swedish born Snoh Allegra... well, I'm not going to write much better than this.

I have a huge appreciation for finely constructed pop music that's a little on the edge. This Banks song is right up my alley. No idea what's going on with the video, and lyrically: ? ? ?. But finely constructed pop. 

I only recently discovered Derrick Hodge as an artist on his own, but he's played on Robert Glasper's albums before, so I've almost certainly heard him play before. I actually wanted to embed his song Transitions, but Soundcloud tells me not available in Canada. Sad face. 

Stormzy: Solid modern grime. 

Rag'n'Bone Man - Human. Great, heartfelt. 

Alright. I think that's enough for this edition. I'm sure I missed an enormous amount, and will find new things. But, hopefully I'll do these more frequently and have less enormous gaps!

Music of April 2016

I have been planning one of these posts for a while now! Finally getting around to it! 

I found Uproot Andy via his Worldwide Ting Vol. 1 Mixtape (free download) almost certainly via Giles Peterson. 👍🏼

Kaitlin Aurelia Smith's album EARS has been playing quite a bit for me lately. Fantastic organic synth filled jazz. I can't find a video of the track which haunts me most, "When I Try, I'm Full", but the linked to above "Rare Things Grow" is in my mind a companion piece.

I continue to be mildly obsessed with Nao. For some reason, everything she does is attuned directly to the pop-sensitive part of my brain, and I love her for it.  

I dipped back into the Transistor soundtrack recently. Great for working to, but there are also some very strong songs that can stand on their own, like the above, "We All Become", featuring Ashley Barrett. 

If you listen to the Gilles Peterson Worldwide show on BBC 6 Music, I am certain most of the music in this post is not new to you, as I steal shameless from him. However, if you're not (you should!), you may have missed The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, and you shouldn't miss them. 

I suspect there will be a lot more starRo in future posts, as I've just discovered his Soundcloud page. Up until writing this post, I knew very little about starRo... I don't even remember how I found him.... I think possibly via a remix (This Little Dragon mix is pretty good!

The first track off an excellent compilation album, Detroit Jazz City, which that link tells me is actually a benefit album. 

I think that's enough for today. Who knows, maybe I'll be back with more. Here's a link to an Apple Music Playlist, if that works for you!