Going Steady: New Singles 11-13-20 – 11-19-20

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LONELY MACHINES – 3OH!3, 100 gecs- Boulder based electronic duo with the most out their art pop band this side of Charli XCX, know as hyperpop but really art pop electronica – B

Shady – Alfie Templeman – indie pop r&b from the UK – nice groove but a little bland – C+

Rock ‘n’ Roll – Alice Cooper – The Velvet Underground classic, given a Detroit rocking going over, could have done without the Joe  Bonamassa solo – B-

Anything – Alison Wonderland, Valentino Khan – deep house from the electronic duo – B-

Get Away – Asiahn – lush and heavy breathing r&b vibes via Jersey – B-

Stop Crying Your Heart Out – BBC Radio 2 Allstars – lots of popsters pop in for this abysmal cover of a nothing great Oasis song (I mean really, keep to the first three albums) featuring Cher, Lenny Kravitz, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers, Yola, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams, Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre, Mel C, Paloma Faith, Lauv, Gregory Porter, Jay Sean, Ava Max, James Morrison, Jack Savoretti, Izzy Bizu, Rebecca Ferguson, Jamie Cullum, and KSI. The BBC Concert Orchestra plays the backing track with assists from Clean Bandit’s Grace Chatto and Sheku Kanneh-Mason on cello and Anoushka Shankar on sitar.  – It simply couldn’t be worse – MUST TO AVOID – D

Golden pt. 2 (feat. Mereba) – Berhana, Mereba – Berhana is an r&b guy with a mellow rap style, Mereba is a breathy and lovely voiced soprano on this gorgeous little remake of an album track – B

Therefore I Am – Billie Eilish – an Eilish by the numbers, we know how she does it, we’ve heard how she does it, we know Finneas is producing it and while it is alright it isn’t much more – B

6000 Ft. – Bonobo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – dreamscape deep house – B

Heartbreak – Bonobo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – rickety clickety house buzz – C+

Let Me Feel Low (feat. Miloe) – Cavetown, Miloe – very mellow bedroom pop, fragile but not that fragile with a lovely bridge and Miloe leaving up to the mellow as well – B

Pussy Talk (feat. Quavo, Lil Wayne, & Jack Harlow) [Remix] – City Girls, Quavo, Lil Wayne, Jack Harlow – all the City Girls needs is the BBC Radio 2 Orchestra as they load up the features on a nothing special track and a by the numbers hook – C

Passive Restraints – The Weathermaker Vault Series – Clutch, Randy Blythe –  “My father was black, my mother was decker…” ….” The story goes that Clutch were on tour supporting Lamb Of God when they asked Randy to perform a song with them and he chose one and he was 100% correct. As the metalcore Clutch decided to re-record from their 20 years plus career, they got Randy to add his voice on a towering metalcore absolute stunner – SINGLE OF THE WEEK –  A-

Save My Life (feat. Lovespeake) – David Guetta, MORTEN, Lovespeake – topnotch till the break when the voice enters and then goes flabby – B-

Lions, Bengals & Bears (Freestyle) – Dj Money, Wale – freestyling on football till they reach the second and then off to the sex and drugs and riches of rap as they play off the NFL – B

Cheap Thrills – Live in London 2020 – Dream Wife – according to Northern Transmissions (here), “Dream Wife – Rakel Mjöll, Bella Podpadec and Alice Go – released their album So When You Gonna… earlier this year, and the only album in the top 20 to be produced by an all womxn / non-male engineering team, as well as the only non-major label release. The Marta Salogni (Bjork, M.I.A., Kelela) produced and mixed record dealt with topics such as miscarriage and gender equality.” Think about that as you bop to this post-punk track with all angular guitar shards – B+

Where the Poison Is – FINNEAS – wow, the first time Finneas has outperformed his kid sister on this tribute to the end of the Trump administration and the onslaught of Generation A’s woes “Once we put this all behind us we get to go right back to school shootings in a climate crisis” – B

Shame Shame – Foo Fighters – I called it “Shame Shame Shame” on my review (here), which proves  one thing: no one much cares about either of us – D

We Did It!!! – grandson – electronic beat harvest blah, this guy never quite gets it right – C-

Feel The Thunder (The Croods: A New Age) – HAIM – the title tells the story as Haim go for a thunderous electric guitar anthem – B-

Kobe En LA – Jhay Cortez – shorter and more on target than 2.0 – B+

Kobe En LA 2.0 – Jhay Cortez – as strong a song as reggaeton has even given us, with a clever flip claiming Puerto Rico loves him like LA loves Kobe Bryant – B

Angel – Lava La Rue, Deb Never – bedroom pop goes r&b with a soulful confection – B

Jumpin Out The Face – Lil Mosey – pleasant slice of trap as pop song by the 18 year old behind “Blueberry Faygo” – B-

HOLIDAY – Lil Nas X – first listen I really loved it, next time it lacks the glam wild it needs – B

On My Shit (feat. Joey Bada$$) – Phony Ppl, Joey Bada$$ – The singing rapping is lovely and Joey is cool and relatively laid back on his verse – B

Nothing Left – POORSTACY, Travis Barker – Barker is still at it adding a thundering drum sound to a scream and speak rockcore – B

One More Dance (with Alida) – R3HAB, Alida – The Moroccan DJ with a somewhat bland pop dance track helped by a fine vocal – B

OHFR? – Rico Nasty – with 100 gecs (again), known as Hyperpop which is pop rap with art and out there backing tracks – B

No Save Point – From “Cyberpunk 2077” – Run The Jewels – Sure, RTJ4 is their masterpiece and it changed pandemic pop in its tracks, this is for some game and isn’t all that – C+

Twilight – Raheem DeVaughn, The Colleagues – smoochy, late night (sorry, twilight) r&b – B-

Huck It – The Offspring – an outtake from their 2000 Conspiracy Of One and introduction to the coming soon 20th anniversary but, really, they will never ever match “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” so why bother? – B-

What’s Your Country Song – Thomas Rhett – Look, he is alright, and very pop for a country guy, but all he has is “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” and until he manages another…  B-

OKAY (feat. Dreezy) – tobi lou, Dreezy – pop rap, a little dozy but not unpleasant – B-

Fly Away – Tones And I – of course she can’t repeat “Dance Monkey,” nobody thought she could for one instant, but the Gospel mets indie pop here is a fine song by any standard – B+

Stay – Valerie June – Gospel Americana with an electronic bent and a fine voice – B-


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