World-Jazz

Artist: 
Jungle Fire
Label: 
Nacional Records

Jambu by Jungle Fire was underwhelming. It infuses Afro-Latin sounds and beats that captivate the listener in the first few songs. However, there isn’t much growth or variation throughout the rest of the album. Listening to Jambu is similar to what one would here on a 70s action movie score. It’s catchy, but only for a little while before it starts to sound the same again. “Cumbia De Sal” was the only song to breakout from the mold. The song was a combination of the beats, cumbia rhythms and children singing lyric throughout the song. 

Sounds Like: 
The Funk Ark
Sounds Like: 
Vaudou
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. distorted guitars.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. distorted guitars.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Label: 
Luaka Bop

Janka Nabay was a widely regarded pop star in his home country of Sierra Leone prior to the devastating civil war that ravaged the country throughout the 1990's. Forced to relocate to America, he brought the musical traditions of bubu with him - traditionally high tempoed, beautiful horned music that is now transposed and performed by synths. The synth work recalls William Onyeabor, intricate yet unshowy. Lyrically, Nabay deals with some heavy subjects - in "Santa Monica" he lyrically dances around an interrogation from the police, for instance.

Sounds Like: 
William Onyeabor
Sounds Like: 
Baloji
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Label: 
ATO

Alynda Segarra is the rock star we needed. Her group, Hurray for the Riff Raffhas been making americana seem more vital than it has felt in decades. Their latest record, The Navigator, feels like the arrival of a needed voice. A Bronx native now located in New Orleans, Segarra has a beautiful voice that delivers incisive and world-weary lyrics. While HFTRR's previous records have been more folk-oriented and more personal and intimate, The Navigator takes a hard turn into narrative rock opera.

Sounds Like: 
Broken Social Scene
Sounds Like: 
Calexico
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Antonio Adolfo
Label: 
Antonio Adolfo Music

Antonio Adolfo creates a beautiful sound as he glides his hands on the piano, in his album "Hybrido." The album is a samba, jazz album that proves that musical arrangements can make you as hyped up as a hip-hop album. The beating drums on "Prince of Darkness" gets your heart pumping and your feet stomping. It makes sense, since it is a cover of a Miles Davis song and we all know Miles Davis can get anyone dancing. On top of the amazing drums, songs like "Deluge" and "Black Nile" showcase Adolfo's skill at piano.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Juana Molina
Label: 
Self-Released/Crammed Discs

 

Juana Molina’s single Cosoco is definitely an interesting track. This song is similar to other previous work by Molina. It begins extremely eerie with the string instrument in the background. It then quickly picks up with Molina’s vocals that seem to have an auto tune modifier on them. However, it works for this song. The vocals in combination to the beats and other instruments produces a track like anything I’ve heard. The Argentinian definitely is striding in an effectively different direction musically and it makes me want more. 

Sounds Like: 
Coiffeur
Sounds Like: 
Tonolec
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Arian Saleh
Label: 
Milogna Mischief

This album is delightfully layered taking influences from old classical violin rifts and combining middle eastern drum anesthetics, paired with an almost opera quality style male singer. Arian Saleh is a distinctive singer song writer and composer. This album took me by surprise. After peering at the lyrics I was assuming that I had gotten myself involved with a whiney type of male singer who would make sad angst indie type music bordering on boy band status. I was completely wrong.

Sounds Like: 
Ron Pope
Sounds Like: 
MIk & Scott - in unique inventiveness
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017