Last Week In Music

This is the first LWIM since a long time. I’ve been listening to a lot of music, as usual. A lot of techno, trap, rap and other genres. I feel like techno gives rhythm to my life and it’s quite a motivating genre. When I’m angry, it’s very cathartic.

So, this week these were my most listened to artists:

The bottom artists are Three 6 Mafia and Ramirez.

I don’t know if I have talked about Bowery Electric but they are a very underrated band, who sadly has a small catalog. Nevertheless, you should listen to all their albums. I love “Lushlife” and “Beat”. Their sound mixes trip hop and shoegaze. The have stunning songs like “Floating World”. Check them out and tell me what you think.

$uicide boy$ are completely different from Bowery Electric. They are a rap/trap group and I absolutely love their beats. Their flows are very good as well. They did a song with Travis Barker where they sampled part of Anthony Fantano’s review of one of their albums. I found that really funny because they do have an incredible ease to incorporate various samples and sounds, making songs which are innovative. The only downside is that they do reference suicide often and their lyrics are not about peace and love, as you can imagine. I recommend listening to them at least once and see how you like it.

Depeche Mode is one of my all-time favorite bands. Dave is an amazing vocalist and songwriter. They were able to navigate the decades wonderfully, never changing their personality but changing their sound. Evolution you may say and you are right. I listened to Ultra. Ultra is a 97 album that is absolutely fantastic. The lyrics, instrumentals, production is just amazing. There is variety in the album and many unforgettable songs like “Insight”, “Home” and “Love Thieves”. Definitely worth a listen and an essential album for any music lover.

Nico Moreno is a techno DJ. He does these amazing bangers which I see myself dancing all night to. There are tabbed influences, it’s not boring like some techno. I recommend listening to “Your bad company” and “Insolent rave”. I would love to see him live but I find that hard with this agoraphobia.

Astrobrite is a shoegaze band. I found it on the similar artists of Bowery Electric. I think I had listened to them before. I love their sound. I feel “Super Crush” is an album to listen on a car ride to the beach, on a sunny day. I highly recommend that album.

KAS:ST was my favorite discovery of 2019. I’ve played their song “Hell on death’s” a million times since its release. They sample The Network’s famous speech in that song and it is so well incorporated. I guess the techno makes it even more of a war cry. KAS:ST is a group composed of two djs. I highly recommend the track I just talked about and checking out their other tracks as well.

Three 6 Mafia is gangsta rap. A notorious group that defined Memphis rap. I like some of their songs, especially the ones on Underground Vol. 1 and 3. If you’re rap fan, check them out. If not, check them out anyway so you can say you did haha

Ramirez is a group that I have been listening to for a while now. I discovered him through $uicide boy$. They have collabs with them. Once aagain the beats are amazing, the lyrics can be good but also trash. So it depends on your taste and if lyrics are very important to you.

This was my top 20 songs last week. So here are recommendations for this week, you have a lot to listen to until next week. See you then.
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Last Week in Music

This week’s “Last Week in Music” features new artists. I’ve been actively looking for new artists, it’s not pleasant to be listening to the same tracks over and over again. Unless they are amazing and even then, they get old when they are overplayed.

I’ve been listening to more music. Last week’s stats were the following:

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For people who aren’t familiar with LastFm, a scrobble is a song that I played. In 7 days, I listened to 2 and a half days of music. Wow, that’s a lot. I had no idea.

I’ve been diving in the world of genres and subgenres, into the music rabbit hole. There are so many bands and so many sounds, it’s overwhelming. I’m still searching for new bands each week. It really cheers me up to find new music that I like,

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Ghostpoet was a great discovery. It’s a project by Obaro Ejimiwe. He sounds eerily like Roots Manuva. The resemblance is uncanny. I could swear it was him. About his genre, this is what he has to say:

“So Interesting. Why is it so important for me to be part of a predetermined genre with its parameters and rules? I’m just an artist who experiments with sounds and loves guitars. It’s ok to be confused, not everything in life needs explanation, sometimes we just have to go with it”

Is it hip hop? Trip-hop? No one knows. Haha. All I know is that it’s great music and you should check it out.

Trigg & Gusset has a minimalistic sound. Doomjazz is the genre, I wasn’t familiar with it.

“Doom jazz is a form of music that combines the slow tempos, and sense of despair of doom metal with jazz style and sensibility. The music usually conveys an aura of pessimistic introspection, and many of the artists incorporate dark ambient influences into their music.”

It’s the perfect sound if you’re tired or relaxing, it’s very soothing and tranquil. It takes you to far away places. I’ve listened to a few bands of this genre and I must say that it’s fantastic. If you like jazz, you should check this group out.

Coconuts by Anna Wise is a song that I really like. It’s young, fresh and hip. I love her voice. It’s very catchy. It has a hint of the ’80s, with the saxophone. It’s chilled and smooth.

Here are this week’s top artists:

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Oh my God, Orchid Mantis. As you can see by the number of times I’ve listened to them, I really, really like this band. Thomas Howard is behind this solo project. He considers his sound to be alternative rock. It’s hard to define their sound. According to rateyourmusic.com, they are an indie pop band. On his Spotify bio :

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I find that it is also influenced by shoegaze and dream pop, as the sound is very ethereal at times. The vocalist has a wonderful s a d b o y voice. It’s really good. Their whole discography is great. My favorite album is Yellow House but Flashbulb Memory is also an amazing album. I’ll be paying close attention to their career from now on.

Bohren & der Club of Gore is amazing. They are a German group, that was formed by 4 longtime friends. All their songs are only instrumental. “Doom-ridden jazz music” is how they describe their sound, so I guess it fits in the Doom Jazz category. It’s ambient/jazz on Wikipedia, which also makes sense. To be honest, I like jazz, when it’s not free jazz or other genres of jazz where artist improvise too freely, without order. Chaotic music is unsettling to me.

I can listen to this group for hours and hours. It’s really pleasant. It sounds like a soundtrack of a detective movie, at times. I think it’s the saxophone and the whole ambiance. An excellent discovery that I made this week. I recommend Bohren For Beginners, as it is an amazing album and the name is fitting if it’s the first time you’re listening to them.

Anna Wise has a completely different sound. Wikipedia describes as alternative R’n’B and art pop. I agree. Her sound is very hip and funky. She is an amazing vocalist and she has won a Grammy for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar in “These Walls”. I knew that I had already seen her name somewhere. That is an amazing feat. If you like Abra and the like, you’ll like this artist. She has two albums called “The Feminine” Act I and II. The first album starts with Terence Mckenna talking briefly. I really like to hear samples of him and other thinkers of this world.

Ruby Haunt is not a new discovery. Victor Pakpour and Wyatt Ininns have this project since 2015. Some of their influences are New Order, Suicide and Joy Division. Their sound can be called minimal pop, indie pop, dream pop, etc. It’s definitely pop but not your usual pop. It has post-punk influences among others. If you want to listen to them, I recommend Nevada. It’s an excellent album and it features Destroyer, my favorite song of theirs. Though all the songs in this album are amazing.

Nothing was a great discovery. Their sound is something else. It is a mix of shoegaze with metal. Walls of distorted guitars and harmonies. Domenic Palermo is the frontman of this band. His voice is angelic and pure. I recommend Dance On The Blacktop, their latest album. Their sound feels new and nostalgic, at the same time, which is weird. But a good kind of weird.

I talked about Ghostpoet earlier in the article.

Ah, Gorilla Biscuits. That straight edge hardcore punk band that you can never forget. One of the best, in my opinion. The band was formed in 1987 and split up in 1992. The remaining members formed a pop-punk band called CIV. They released two albums on Revelation Records. It’s very easy to listen to their discography: two albums and an average of 2 minutes per song. I would say that their sound is short and sweet, sometimes you need 12 minutes. Other times, you need 2 minutes. It depends on the genre. Their music is fast so they can do a lot in 2 minutes.

Junglepussy is a New York rapper. Her lyrics are witty, tongue-in-cheek and raw. She is open her sexuality and she “preaches” female autonomy. If you want to have a listen, try her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed. She’s a skilled MC, I would love to hear her freestyle or do a battle with some other MC that I like.

The following image is of last week’s most listened albums:

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I recommend these albums this week. The reason why there are so few scrobbles (plays) is that I listen to a lot of playlists and compilations of random songs. I also don’t listen to albums on repeat often.

These were the songs that I listened to the most last week:

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Tommy Genesis, Orchid Mantis and Have a Nice Life. What a mix.

Tommy’s song is very catchy and I listen to it every time I go outside. It makes walking more fun and it makes you want to dance or sing along. I wouldn’t dare to do it in the street here, this is a small city and people don’t like things that are out of the box.

Bloodhail by Have a Nice Life is just perfect. The vocals are flawless, the instrumental is very simple and yet captivating. The back vocals fit very well in this track. It’s a dark song, both instrumentally and lyrically. I guess it fits my mood these days.

What have you been listening to? Do you know any of these bands? What bands or artists would you recommend me based on these artists?

This is it for this week’s Last Week in Music. See you next week or on my next post.