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Che & Cardo, Che Got Wings (self-released)




Sam Phillips, Human Contact Is Never Easy (Littlebox Recordings)

To give you an idea of Sam Phillips’ dominance in chick-folk-rock, this digital sampler in advance of Phillips’ World on Sticks full-length (due later this year) came in at No. 2 in Amazon’s singer-songwriter category, after Carole King’s Tapestry. A lot of the hubbub surrounding this lady stems from her house-backgrounding gig with Amy Sherman-Palladino, who recruited her to soundtrack Gilmore Girls and Bunheads, but the real thrust of her appeal has to be her muddy bayou side, which comes courtesy of her early days, writing and recording six records under the producership of T-Bone Burnett. That stuff’s still part of her DNA, evidenced by opener “World on Sticks,” a ramshackle folk-blues march that will make you think of Melissa Etheridge and Led Zeppelin III at the same time. Phillips checks in a few “la-la-las” for her Gilmore fans in the strummy campfire anthem “Troubles Won’t Stay,” then shifts to piano-pop-maestro roleplaying in “Candles and Stars,” a thing pretty enough to generate her a lot more instant fans, which she certainly deserves.
— Eric W. Saeger




Che & Cardo, Che Got Wings (self-released)
CD Reviews: January 26, 2017

01/26/17
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Che & Cardo, Che Got Wings (self-released)

Annual mixtape team-up from Texas producer Cardo, who marked New Year 2016 trying to resuscitate the Bay Area rap scene with a tape from Nef the Pharaoh, a feisty if workaday spitter who displayed depthless enthusiasm for the turn-of-the-millennium Cash Money hyphy of his youth, most notably his ode to Big Tymers, which broke fairly big thanks to Cardo’s dreamy-haunted-dreamy beat. This year Cardo’s chosen to bestow some modicum of fame upon R&B singer Che Ecru, who at this writing is basically unknown, aside from bare-bones Soundcloud and Facebook accounts and a ton of retweeted babblings from fans. The tape opens with “Satisfied,” in which Ecru lazily sing-raps a couple-three notes over Cardo’s unadventurous candle-and-blunt makeout-funk and cheesy throwback ringouts. Ecru is hypnotizing here, his faraway baritone conjuring a bit of Jamaican spice, and it’s the same deal for “Complete” and, well, pretty much everything else on tap, other than “N Me,” where he combines Eminem and Tyrese, coming up with some pretty athletic stuff.





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