Speed of Light – Kill the Vibe
Call me a grouch, but I am rarely the man to celebrate music of a group based on their cumulative age of the participants. Yep, I’m none too impressed with how well Greta van Fleet can play Zep covers. Are they better than Hanson on their debut? Probably not.
Speed of Light, however, a trio of teenagers that seem mildly mannered judging by in between-song banter, rocks like a creature out to collect blood. And, while, yes, the kids are competent musicians, they don’t seem very concerned with proving how sophisticated their tunes can be.
They sound like a grunge band playing live pre-1991. The distorted vocals are commanding, and the composition is one big breakdown. It’s headbanging music of the most honest variety. It’s pummelling and groovy. Mosh-enthusiasts everywhere will be writing this band’s name down and waiting for touring to begin once more. Ribs are going to snap like twigs.
Sal Dulu – B (feat. Koncept Jack$on)
Yes, sorry, we’ve featured too little hip hop informed music on this channel. It’s not that we don’t appreciate this style. Not at all. It’s not even that we don’t recognize the immense role and the crossover appeal of rap during the initial boom of alternative music. It’s just that with the music industry still invested in hip hop, many of the best artists have been lured away from their work by immensely profitable commercial opportunities.
B is a tune featuring two directions that will be fondly remembered by 90s alt-music enthusiasts. Sal Dulu’s background and production reveal themselves slowly and begrudgingly. Like DJ Shadow’s best work, it sounds like a composition assembled from found sounds, a crate-diggers’ paradise.
Koncept Jack$on’s rhymes, however, harken back to the alternative-rap stylings that got their best foot in the mainstream doorway during the same time. They’re clever, they groove well, and contain a high-dose of earnest positivity.
This is music to soundtrack your do more with your time calendar writing.