Kweku of Ghana – Zone 6, Agege (Heavenly Sweetness)
So Kweku is the frontman of my #1 Afrobeat band of 2021: Onipa. This year, he released a new album under the name Kweku of Ghana, and so I was immediately drawn to it. Zone 6, Agege has a more traditional, folkloric, funky, reggaeish Afrobeat sound than the Afrofuturistic synthy Onipa. That’s neither a pro nor a con, as I love both sounds equally, but that’s just to set different expectations for when you listen to this. This is a beautiful, intimate, inspired, authentic album that truly speaks of Kweku’s… Read more
Somewhere between blues, noise rock, and post-metal, we find Irish quintet God Alone. Their new album, Etc. was a huge surprise for me, and an absolute banger of an album. Perhaps you can best experience the breadth of the band’s sound by listening to the ten-minute “Kung Fu Treachery”, which goes to hell and back, and shows God Alone’s ease with disparate yet memorable musical composition. One of the great underrated noise rock albums of the year!
Insane in the Rain – Insane in the Rain
Carlos Eiene, also known as Insane in the Rain,… Read more
So have you ever tried to blend mathcore and breakcore? I have, but that’s a story for another day, for today I’m talking about Netherlands-based Drumcorps. Their new album, Creature, is indeed a creature of its own. The moment you hit play, you get the dissonant off-putting riffs, you get the glitch effects and synthetic drums, and you get the howling screams. That’s basically all I want from different music genres put into a cereal box. And it’s amazing. Be sure to check it out!
Charbon – Cavalcade
Admit it, you already know what to expect,… Read more
I love Birds in Row. For a good while now did their music on me grow. These ol’ hardcore anthems with a heavenly flow… I love Birds in Row. … are today followed by Gris Klein‘s hymns of sorrow. The album’s great and this here poem helps me show I love Birds in Row.
In-Dreamview – Spires
Hell yeah! I’ve been eagerly awaiting to listen to the new In-Dreamview album. They’ve got to be one of my favourite “nu-math” bands out there. Yeah I know I just invented that term, but… Read more
Dark jazz and doom jazz are terms that have been thrown around pretty much since the start of the Twin Peaks TV series, along with its legendary soundtrack. There have been many attempts at emulating the mood and vibe of the original sound, but few innovators. With the Lovecraft Sextet, however, it doesn’t get any more doomier than that. While listening to Miserere, their third opus, I couldn’t get it out of my mind that this album is actually a doom metal album played by a jazz quartet. While the Twin Peaks fascination… Read more