London jazz wizard Shabaka Hutchings: Sons of Kemet / The Comet Is Coming / Shabaka & the Ancestors

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I'm a little surprised Hutchings doesn't have a thread yet--he's surely as deserving as Kamasi Washington. Hutchings' blend of tastes and influences is more my style, though the comparison isn't particularly useful.

The new Sons of Kemet, "Your Queen Is a Reptile," has been justly praised in various threads: clarinet & sax, tuba for the basslines, two drummers, a bit of exhilarating anti-fascist verse.

Spaced out where SoK is earthy, The Comet Is Coming's "Channel the Spirits" starts off sounding kind of like an update on "Lawrence of Newark," but touches down in a thumping dance club towards the end. I haven't listened to Shabaka & the Ancestors yet (a collab with South African musicians), though I am excited to.

Anyone seen any of his groups live? I am kicking myself for waiting until now to get into this and missing SoK at the Jazz Festival.

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:06 (three years ago) link

I have the SoK record and it is good, def curious to hear more

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:08 (three years ago) link

He's on a US tour right now - playing Brooklyn tonight. Wish I could make it.

I interviewed him (along with fellow saxophonist Nubya Garcia and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed) back in January:

http://burningambulance.com/2018/01/19/ba-podcast-8-uk-jazz-roundtable/

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:09 (three years ago) link

Οὖτις: Channel the Spirits is a lot messier than YQIAR, but I might actually prefer it, at least the first half

unperson, how is the Ancestors album? I will definitely check out your podcast, thanks for the link

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:13 (three years ago) link

The Sons of Kemet album is beyond brilliant, at times dude plays sax like he's a soundclash.

I barely even hear it as jazz really, although of course it is, but there's all this afrobeat and dub and dancehall and grime in there as well, especially the more frenetic passages. Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

Pretty sure Shabaka was the main thing I liked about the Melt Yourself Down album from a few years ago, but this new one feels fresher and more quintessentially London somehow. I'm not surprised it's caught fire.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:20 (three years ago) link

That tuba guy turns up everywhere as well, he's in Kano's backing band iirc.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:21 (three years ago) link

Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

In our conversation, he talks about how he really dislikes the virtuosity model of jazz greatness, and strives to play what he calls "stupid sax" - opting for emotional impact over tricky flurries of notes.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:27 (three years ago) link

I like the Ancestors album a lot - and supposedly there will be another.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:28 (three years ago) link

xp
absolutely--all those influences are there and it's remarkable how naturally they're evoked by a largely acoustic group (iirc all the instruments are live but there's some dubby production on some tracks).

Looking further back, I was listening to the first couple volumes of the London Is the Place for Me comps a lot right before picking this up, which turned out to be a fortuitous prologue. I'm also reminded of the syncretic style of Cedric Brooks & the Light of Saba.

rob, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:34 (three years ago) link

I barely even hear it as jazz really, although of course it is, but there's all this afrobeat and dub and dancehall and grime in there as well, especially the more frenetic passages. Not to over labour the point but there's one bit where he's basically playing the same note over and over again but attacking it in a way that sounds like he's channeling Busy Signal or Aidonia or someone.

The interweaving of different influences almost feels like it should be a bit too on the nose - in the abstract you could make comparisons to all of those live dub bands (oddly, often from New Zealand) from about 15 years ago like Salmonella Dub, who would weave in elements of drum and bass and dancehall and so on and could fall prey to a kind of united colours of benetton international rootsical vibes well-meaning wash-out. But the execution here is so astoundingly good, so consistently captivating, that it totally escapes that aura.

Tim F, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:18 (three years ago) link

also new orleans brass band music and ethio-jazz in there

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:23 (three years ago) link

sons of kemet is playing here in the next month or so, i'm thinking about it but though i love everything else i've heard by shabaka sons of kemet didn't grab me, maybe i should give it another shot

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:49 (three years ago) link

ooh Doug Fir Lounge, there's usually really good sound in that venue fwiw

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:53 (three years ago) link

on a Monday though :(

sleeve, Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:54 (three years ago) link

yeah that doesn't help either. the beths are playing the doug fir next monday, i'm considering it (but probably won't go).

dub pilates (rushomancy), Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:56 (three years ago) link

Taking my wife and father-in-law (who haven't heard them) to the Seattle show next weekend. So psyched!

Yelploaf, Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:28 (three years ago) link

Hmmmm, wonder if the DC show is sold out Thursday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2018 04:43 (three years ago) link

The interweaving of different influences almost feels like it should be a bit too on the nose - in the abstract you could make comparisons to all of those live dub bands (oddly, often from New Zealand) from about 15 years ago like Salmonella Dub, who would weave in elements of drum and bass and dancehall and so on and could fall prey to a kind of united colours of benetton international rootsical vibes well-meaning wash-out. But the execution here is so astoundingly good, so consistently captivating, that it totally escapes that aura.

I've not heard the bands you're talking about but I can well imagine, every country with a festival circuit has a few of them*. I think one reason why that doesn't happen here is because they're not so much interweaving styles as as exploring the space between them, unearthing the common ground.

When I talk about dancehall or grime turning up in the music I'm talking about elements of phrasing and rhythm that a listener who wasn't into those genres might not even notice, rather than overt sonic imprints. 3mins 55 into 'My Queen Is Harriet Tubman' for example, but there are plenty of occasions where he slips from playing like a jazz saxophonist to playing like a rave MC, and I'm sure it's deliberate. (45mins 25 into My Queen is Angela Davis, that's another one).

The one with Congo Natty is the only track where you can go "ah, they're doing x now". But when you get him on a track you're putting up a big signpost whatever.

Not to mention the fact that the music is so tied up with ideas of resistance (specifically black female resistance) that something would have to be going very wrong for it to give off the kind of vibe you're talking about.

*I'm imagining some kind of jazz Roni Size meets Dreadzone type thing which is probably worse than anything you're talking about here.

Matt DC, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:10 (three years ago) link

saw SoK in Istanbul a few years back, party was rockin

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:12 (three years ago) link

Is there a wider thread for the current London jazz scene? Recent releases from Nerija, Joe Armon-Jones and Moses Boyd have been fantastic.

fetter, Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:49 (three years ago) link

a listener who wasn't into those genres might not even notice

this is me! I'll take your word for it. I can definitely tell that there's a lot of non-trad jazz phrasing going on

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:11 (three years ago) link

I listened to the Shabaka and the Ancestors album this morning, for the first time in a few months. There's so much going on in there - there's jazz, gospel, some dub effects, songs in African languages, but it all works together as a whole. I love it.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:15 (three years ago) link

super awesome that acid jazz is back in style, i’m stoked

:-D

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 00:35 (three years ago) link

is this an acid hat?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3898/14820073938_45db64a74e_b.jpg

niels, Friday, 28 September 2018 06:00 (three years ago) link

word to that hat!!

the late great, Friday, 28 September 2018 07:43 (three years ago) link

"Recent releases from Nerija, Joe Armon-Jones and Moses Boyd have been fantastic."

Alive In The East is such a good album, sick drummer!

calzino, Friday, 28 September 2018 08:21 (three years ago) link

spiritual hat

Οὖτις, Friday, 28 September 2018 15:40 (three years ago) link

Huh, I should probably go see them for free at the university on Thursday

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 28 September 2018 15:42 (three years ago) link

I was looking forward to seeing them at Koko, Camden and thought it was significant Sons had managed to get into such a big venue. But it seems Koko's been closed for "structural issues" - sounds fairly serious. I guess it'll be moved.

kraudive, Friday, 28 September 2018 16:20 (three years ago) link

Shabaka appears on 2 tracks on the debut album by South African jazz group Mabuta, which is out today:

https://mabuta.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-this-world

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 September 2018 16:39 (three years ago) link

Saw Sons of Kemet this past Thursday in a small basement club in Washington DC. Wow, a ferocious sound attack from the sax and tuba, and then the 2 drummers with the galloping, drum & bass beats. The songs often started tunefully and then got a bit more out there via the horns shrieking more at the end of each number (but the drum rhythms helped keep it from just going into free jazz improv territory).

curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 September 2018 14:23 (three years ago) link

I listened to the Shabaka and the Ancestors album this morning, for the first time in a few months. There's so much going on in there - there's jazz, gospel, some dub effects, songs in African languages, but it all works together as a whole. I love it.

― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:15 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I finally got around to listening to this and it is incredible. Spiritual hat aficionados will especially be into it.

rob, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:43 (three years ago) link

And if you like it, do check out albums by Nduduzo Makhathini, the keyboardist (and occasional vocalist) from the band. He's doing terrific work that's not getting much attention outside South Africa, as far as I know. I wish a US label would pick up his music for distribution.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:54 (three years ago) link

any recommendation on which Makhathini album to start with?

btw, I listened to your podcast with Hutchings, Ahmed, and Garcia--great interview! and now I need to follow up on both of them too

rob, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 14:05 (three years ago) link

His most recent one, Ikhambi, is the one I'm most familiar with. It's on Spotify (in the US, anyway):

https://open.spotify.com/album/7aonkfRAyRNSHKIpfyi2Jm?si=G_lSyubMRHWo4V9HoHMMvQ

His whole catalog is up there, in fact.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:54 (three years ago) link

Went to the show last night and they were great, very danceable.

Also struck me how close some of this music is to Masada, at the end of the night I realized I had this tune in my head:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzIzSXnpwP0

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:53 (three years ago) link

I like the tuba player a lot, but I can't help compare all tuba players to New Orleans guys and Youngbl00d Brass Band, and then I feel like a snob. But he said that Nat from YBB was his main inspiration, so I no longer felt bad.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 October 2018 14:55 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Saw them on Friday, holy shit that was like a top ten of all time show (not that I would or could ever consider making such a list). From the records I hadn't even registered there were two drummers; incredible energy from them, no gaps between songs and they took one break in a 90 minute set.

the drum rhythms helped keep it from just going into free jazz improv territory

u+k imo.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Monday, 29 October 2018 09:14 (three years ago) link

just listening to Maisha's There Is a Place album .. nice!

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:33 (three years ago) link

I'm losing count of all the top albums coming out of London this year.

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:39 (three years ago) link

The Maisha album is fantastic - gonna write about it for Stereogum for sure.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:53 (three years ago) link

that looks great (beautiful cover too).

as briefly mentioned by upper mississippi shakedown and me on the rolling jazz thread, Shabaka and a couple other Londoners play on the new Makaya McCraven album Universal Beings, which I would highly recommend

rob, Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:10 (three years ago) link

Emanative's Earth is another good one, this lot are not pissing about at the moment.

calzino, Thursday, 1 November 2018 18:01 (three years ago) link

only heard the first SoK record but I was pretty fascinated by the way it almost had this dub-like sound to it. it felt like there was some element missing...another horn, guitar, something. idk anything about jazz though. definitely a very good record.

frogbs, Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:10 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nk9P3eO4p0

on a big shabaka kick lately, has he really released no solo material? this performance leaves me so hungry

ogmor, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:07 (two years ago) link

I listened to The Comet Is Coming record last week after playing Sons of Kemet to death and it just feels a little tepid in comparison? I was expecting crazy space jazz but it was all a bit safe, a bit Caribou, without the fire of Your Queen Is A Reptile.

Given all that what's the best place to go next?

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:20 (two years ago) link

maisha's there is a place is v good.

calzino, Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:47 (two years ago) link

Well worth checking the Makaya McCraven stuff - albeit Shabaka is only a guest on a few tracks. Universal Beings is quite a thing.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:05 (two years ago) link

has he really released no solo material?

There's a fanastic track on the We Out Here complition credited to solo Shabaka. His work with Sarathy Korwar is worth a listen too. (As is SK's own stuff.)

fetter, Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:34 (two years ago) link

There's a new The Comet Is Coming due in March - I haven't heard the whole thing, because like Matt DC I feel like TCIC is the weakest of all Hutchings' projects.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 24 January 2019 13:26 (two years ago) link

Shirley Tetteh, Maisha's guitarist is so so good.

calzino, Saturday, 20 June 2020 09:24 (one year ago) link

She gradually takes over the second half of “The Stank” with a very cool solo, having ticked away in the background during the first half. Such a funky track.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 20 June 2020 15:01 (one year ago) link

She also plays on recent SEED ensemble and Yazz Ahmed albums.

calzino, Saturday, 20 June 2020 16:30 (one year ago) link

I interviewed her last year for Bandcamp.

(I just ordered physical copies of the Nérija, Maisha, and Seed Ensemble albums this morning, too.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:31 (one year ago) link

She’s great on the Nerija album, isn’t she - there’s a standout solo on “Equanimous”, for instance. I’m gonna revisit the Yazz Ahmed later today.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 21 June 2020 11:03 (one year ago) link

Ok so this guy's music is amazing

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 22 June 2020 11:34 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the tip on that Nerija album. I just got it on vinyl and it kills, EU especially.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Saturday, 27 June 2020 20:52 (one year ago) link

Soul Jazz Records is putting out a 2CD/3LP compilation of new UK jazz called Kaleidoscope - New Spirits Known & Unknown on July 17.

Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition one-off pressing 7" single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography.

Track listing:

Tracklisting
1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
2. Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
3. Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
4. Ill Considered – Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt)
5. The Expansions – Mosaic
6. Chip Wickham – Red Planet
7. Levitation Orchestra – Odyssey
8. Emma-Jean Thackray – Walrus
9. Tenderlonious and The 22archestra – The Shakedown
10. Pokus – Pokus One
11. Theon Cross – Candace Of Meroe
12. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Tanner's Tango
13. Collocutor – Gozo
14. Makaya McCraven – Untitled
15. Nat Birchall – Ancient World
16. Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
17. Ebi Soda – Dimmsdale
18. The Cromagnon Band – Thunder Perfect
19. SEED Ensemble – Mirrors
20. Ishmael Ensemble – Kito's Theme
21. Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre (Part 1)

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 29 June 2020 11:38 (one year ago) link

that looks great - excited to hear it

Mordy, Monday, 29 June 2020 14:20 (one year ago) link

Weird that Lunch Money Life isn't on there-- I really like their newest record

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:04 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

The newest side project/collaborative release from Danalogue is pretty sharp:

https://danalogue.bandcamp.com/album/i-was-not-sleeping

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:53 (one year ago) link

Sounds pretty great, thanks Ned.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:59 (one year ago) link

yeah, digging this

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:27 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

New one is real nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZUbNXhnSm4

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 23 April 2021 16:13 (eight months ago) link

He was part of the Pop Conference today ( but I missed it)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 April 2021 06:22 (eight months ago) link

that new track hits the spot

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 26 April 2021 08:38 (eight months ago) link

that album is going to kill!

calzino, Monday, 26 April 2021 09:18 (eight months ago) link

Yeah this is excellent. To see these guys at a place like SOB's would be so amazing.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 21:15 (eight months ago) link

I only scratched the surface of Sons of Kermet and the rest of this scene up till now, but I love both the recent singles a lot.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 2 May 2021 18:24 (eight months ago) link

it's finally here! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

a penetrating sigh (calzino), Friday, 14 May 2021 10:09 (eight months ago) link

this is an amazing ear enema following listening to st vincent. going to be playing it a lot this year.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 14 May 2021 10:31 (eight months ago) link

lol first time I've seen enema deployed as a positive metaphor

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 14 May 2021 10:51 (eight months ago) link

hahaha this is more like an ear candle anyway, fire emojis otm

rob, Friday, 14 May 2021 13:33 (eight months ago) link

I've had to put on some quite dry and tediously enthralling neo-classical chamber jazz improv to calm myself down after all the excitement of blasting this one out earlier. Probably more like an ear enema!

a penetrating sigh (calzino), Friday, 14 May 2021 13:47 (eight months ago) link

lol we're 2/3 of the way to a terrible thread idea here

rob, Friday, 14 May 2021 14:09 (eight months ago) link

kinda shocked about how well d double e does on his feature here lol

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:14 (eight months ago) link

God wtf why is this not on Bandcamp, why do these artists insist on doing this to people.

I think it's an Impulse thing, they aren't on bandcamp at all. Some of the older Hutchings stuff on different labels is though.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:36 (eight months ago) link

Btw, I agree! Disappointed to see this wasn't on there either, just clarifying that I think it's a label decision, not the artist in this case.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:37 (eight months ago) link

the digital album is available directly from impulse

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:47 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, and I've bought it only to be sent a link to just the album art.

If labels are going to pull this shit, they need to do it right.

Ngl, I've already opened a complaint with Paypal over it. It would be like me paying full price for a record that comes out today, only to be handed the sleeve with no vinyl inside.

UMG can kiss my ass.

yeah that's fucked up

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 May 2021 15:23 (eight months ago) link

I saw that there is an article in the new Mojo on this scene but haven't seen the new edition yet to see what that article contains.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 May 2021 20:48 (eight months ago) link

Shabaka is guesting on today's BBC 6Music Jamz Supernova show (1300-1400 UK time) - which is as good an excuse as any to bang on again about my current favourite show on the radio.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w4jz

Sons of Kemet Jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings talks through the influences behind his new album Black To The Future, This album begins and ends with powerful lyrical and musical statements of rage and frustration, expressed outwardly in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent BLM protests and features guest vocalists including, Chicago bandleader/vocalist Angel Bat Dawid, American poet Moor Mother, legendary British Grime MC D Double E and British artist/rapper/spoken word musical artist Kojey Radical.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 15 May 2021 10:49 (eight months ago) link

"Let the Circle Be Unbroken" is really something and then ""Envision Yourself Levitating" gently and mournfully blowing in afterwards. I'm impressed how distinct this album is from YQIAR while clearly the same collective

rob, Sunday, 16 May 2021 14:09 (eight months ago) link

The new Sons of Kemet is on Bandcamp, ftr.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:01 (eight months ago) link

thank you!

sleeve, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:30 (eight months ago) link

gahh it was pulled from Bandcamp while it was still in my cart, wtf Impulse

sleeve, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:26 (seven months ago) link

The new video from the Sons of Kemet album is great:

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

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 23 May 2021 20:15 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

There was a whole ass Soccer96 LP this year that I totally missed?

https://soccer96.bandcamp.com/album/dopamine

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 18 December 2021 00:28 (one month ago) link

Update: it's really good, and much more cosmic than the post-punk EP with Alabaster dePlume (which I loved as well).

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 December 2021 17:25 (three weeks ago) link

bro this honks

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 23 December 2021 18:02 (three weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

bro this honks

― maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, December 23, 2021 1:02 PM (three weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 January 2022 00:15 (five days ago) link

gahh it was pulled from Bandcamp while it was still in my cart, wtf Impulse

― sleeve
Yo Sleeve, hope you've got it now!
It's been back on bandcamp for a while, getting to be my Number 1:
https://sonsofkemetmusic.bandcamp.com/album/black-to-the-future

dow, Friday, 14 January 2022 05:28 (five days ago) link

thx, I did get it eventually, I like it but it is def in like my #15-20 range

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Friday, 14 January 2022 06:10 (five days ago) link

Interesting! What would you say are its limitations? Not gonna argue with you, just wondering about a different way of hearing it.

dow, Friday, 14 January 2022 07:43 (five days ago) link

off the top of my head, I thought it was trying to do too many things at once. I like the vocals and the spoken word stuff but found that it made the record lose focus compared to Your Queen Is A Reptile which I did really love

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Friday, 14 January 2022 16:52 (five days ago) link

I agree, it's a very good album but feels less focused than Queen. And some of the poetry is too ranty for repeated listening.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 14 January 2022 17:38 (five days ago) link

Preview for the new Binker (Golding) & Moses (Boyd) is unreasonably great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPZxrsS2Hp0

(And if big booming snares remind you of anyone, yep, it’s produced by Hugh Padgham)

Xgau Murder Spa (nikola), Sunday, 16 January 2022 03:11 (three days ago) link


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