New Records in the KFAI Library this week - 11/5/17

Each week an avalanche of records slides into the KFAI music library. New Like Whatever host Michael Cyrs compiles a weekly summary of what's fresh and new at Fresh Air Community Radio.

  1. 1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul of A Woman (Daptone/R&B)

Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley made people from my generation feel like we were in the sixties, and we'll never forget them for it. Her first posthumous release after she was taken by cancer earlier this year kicks off with "Matter of Time", and wastes no time riding on the waves of the perfect horn sections the Dap Kings are known for. Later on is "Call On God", which is filled with the sorrow only a person close to death could understand. That being said, this is still just as fun of a classic soul record as anything they've put out in the past. If you missed to chance to see Sharon sing live, I feel bad for you, son.

2. Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear (Anti/R&B)

When Gnarls Barkley dropped "Crazy" in 2006, anyone over the age of 40 was ready to consider the track the best single since 80s Michael Jackson. "On And On" feels like that moment is happening again in 2017. From Mayfield to Harding, there's enough hard rhythm and blues to make even Bruno Mars jealous. "Go As You Are" is bold enough to feature the bongo grooves so strongly etched into sixties soul and funk, and the rest of the record follows suit with funky tropes from past and present. Don't be surprised if you're listening to this record and someone asks you what year it is.

3. Converge - The Dusk In Us (Epitaph/Rock/Hardcore)

Since forming in Massachusetts in 1990, Converge have hardly stopped doing anything apart from defining the subgenre known as metalcore. Right off the bat, "A Single Tear" brings such punk rock drama to their lyrics as "When I held you for the first time/I knew I had to survive." Mixing yelling with outright screaming at key moments, The Dusk In Us not only heralds the upcoming Winter, it revels and celebrates in it with essential elements of hardcore punk . Not for the faint of heart or the weak in spirit, this record won't let up for any of its 45 minutes.

4. Uptown Jazz Tentet - There It Is (Uptown Jazz Tentet Music/Jazz)

This band doesn't settle to just prove how talented they are. The nine tracks presented here are about feeling. From Ellington to the cool jazz solo sections he begat, There It Is acts as a time capsule from when jazz was a major player in youth culture, and why we're still talking about it today. If you need further proof, listen to the upright bass grooves on "There It Is" and the noir, Coltrane-tribute "Lush Life." The group even toss in an arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "I Believe" and "Isn't She Lovely" just in case you weren't already having a great time by track 8.

5. Bootsy Collins - World Wide Funk (Mascot/R&B/Funk)

Go to any given Parliament show, even in 2017, and you'll find an enormous range of attendees in the crowd. Graybeard funk enthusiasts stand right next to 18-year old hipsters. This is to say that the funk Bootsy Collins' brings into World Wide Funk is something more timeless than it's meandering solo sections might suggest. To wit, Collins employs a huge arsenal of modern and classic collaborators from Chuck D to Big Daddy Kane. "This is a worldwide funk drive, come on and get some."

 

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