- Madlib – Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note. Hip hop producer Madlib was allowed to run through the entire catalog of legendary jazz label, Blue Note records; and he put his remixing skills to work. So we have remixes of tunes by the likes of Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, and others. The result is a lot of ‘chill’ hip-hop, mostly instrumental, very groovy. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with most of the source material, so I can’t say how they compare to the originals. I do know this one, though, and it is pretty great.
Madlib - Song for my father
- Sumer Is Icumen In : The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75. Thirty (!!) songs from the folk music explosion. The quality varies, and the styles range from rough recordings of people sawing away on their fiddles to well-produced psychedelic folk (ex The Strawbs – the only of these bands that I’d heard of). It’s … interesting.
Mad Tom of Bedlam
- Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All The Good Times. I think this is the first of their records where they both sing. It’s always been Gillian sings on “Gillian Welch” albums and David sings on “David Rawlings [+/- Machine]” albums. This is a mix of both; and there’s even one tune where they trade verses (Johnny and June’s version of “Jackson”, which they’ve been doing live for a while). Not my favorite collection of tunes, but it’s nice to get new stuff from either of them.
- Low – Things We Lost In The Fire / Double Negative. I’m late to Low. They been around for a while, doing their low-key indie stuff, but I didn’t catch on till 2018’s (awesome) Double Negative. Things We Lost In The Fire is older, but newer to me. And it’s more organic and more delicate, without the electronics and extensive sonic manipulations that Double Negative has. But, they’re both full of beautiful, slow, droning songs that ebb and flow around you. Great in headphones.
Low - Fly [OFFICIAL VIDEO]