Going Steady: New Singles 7-10-20 – 7-16-20

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West Ten – AJ Tracey, Mabel – UK grime as r&b track with Mabel in fine voice and AJ a star about to break big – B

Reckoning – Alanis Morissette – she should have stayed retired as every song off her upcoming album has been worse than this crappy goth – C

Compensating (feat. Young Thug) – Aminé, Young Thug – Young Thug adds a great verse to Anime’s talky soul – B-

Tócame (feat. Arcangel & De La Ghetto) – Anitta, Arcangel, De La Ghetto – Latino Urbano with a great hook (is that a flute?) and two huge stars reuniting to add their voices – B

Ya Lo Superé – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho – Ariel died in 2015 at the age of 22, this is a taster of the banda’s third posthumous release and it is a perfectly lovely mariachi sound – B+

F2020 – Avenue Beat – The song started life on Tik Tok where the “Fuck 2020” took off and the country indie girl popsters have now given it to the world and it should make em a ton of money though more is less and if you check out the minute on Tik Tok you’ll prefer it – B

My Man – Becky G – The Empire actress is a serious singer and this is catchy, English language, poppin pop – B

One More Song – Bettye LaVette –  by Cohen collaborator  Sharon Robinson on a deep drama, French style ballad in the dark of night as 74 year old Bettye’s second act remains a thing of wonder and an acquired taste – B

Thought Vs Everybody – Black Thought – The Roots rapper never did it for me till I saw him at a Tidal gig and was verily impressed. He can really rap and spits the bars on this state of the US stating the case for FEMA being the enemy of the people and not DACA – B

American Reckoning – Bon Jovi – Nobody thinks Jon is the enemy, and “American Reckoning” is heartfelt platitudes like “I’ll never know what it’s like to walk a mile in his shoes” (no, really), the sound is Americana folk like he should change his name to Jon Bon Mellencamp, but I guess it’s the thought that counts – C

Every Tradition – Bully – either Bully or Big Thief is the best indie band of 2020, on the strength of the clanging guitars of “Every Tradition” I am going with Bully today on tihs Sugar soundalike – A-

Midnight Watch – Burt Bacharach, Daniel Tashian – At least when Costello worked with Burt  (whoever might have been doing the heavy lifting)  it remained true to Burt’s signature sound, but that was 25 years ago, and now Burt is 92 years old so even if the primary feeling is one of sadness at a song that only Burts it up on the bridge, I am happy to hear it – B

Hate Me Now (FREESTYLE) – Desiigner – interpolates Nas’s “Hate Me Now” on one of Desiigner’s strongest tracks in years, he rides the beat to perfection on a surprise return to form – B+

Plain Jane – D-Block Europe – The UK’s  rap collective,  taking their name from Jadakiss and Styles P old posse, mix pussy with marijuana; the rhyming is excellent – B

Weak – Flo Milli – her last song didn’t make it but here she is on top of her game – B+

To Keep an Area – Guided By Voices – a rock and roll pop track with New Wave guitar under an OK song – B-

Do To Me – H.E.R. – she  continues her great year of loosies and features, from the Skip Marley drop in “Slow Down” to the Pop Smoke , A Boogie Wit A Hoodie, Chris Brown remix of “Slide,” one of the best #BLM songs “I Can’t Breath” two weeks ago and now with her reggae pop appropriation of the hook to Lauryn Hill’s “Lost One,” “Do To Me,” H.E.R. could quite possibly be the artist of the year – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

will i get cancelled if i write a song called, “if you were a man you’d be so cancelled” – illuminati hotties – Sarah Tudzin calls herself tenderpunk but this is post-punk astringency with a healthy dose of paranoia on an addictive winner – A-

Living Up To Let You Down – Into It. Over It. – indie singer songwriter back after four years – B-

Chew On My Heart – James Bay – the singer songwriter heartthrob has an excellent voice, especially in the upper regions and the song is pretty good – B-

Are You Even Real? – James Blake – shimmering and lovely techwise ballad – B

Spanglish (with Myke Towers) – J.I the Prince of N.Y, Myke Towers –  The eighteen year old New Yorker via Puerto Rican deals with his heritage i – B

Springsteen – Jonathan Personne – The ringing guitars are classic rock if not classic Nils Lofgren and Jonathan (who once sang “half a record collection, with all of the Springsteen”) on an effort that certainly would have been better if the lyric wasn’t so opaque – C+

Be Like That – feat. Swae Lee & Khalid – Kane Brown, Swae Lee, Khalid – I can take or leave biracial country singer Brown, here I can only take on a tuneful mix of r&b, rap, and country pop that is purely addictive – A-

Ay, DiOs Mío! – KAROL G – one of the true stars of Latin pop, Karol G is a woman reggaeton and Latin-Traps line up to feature; here she is in pop mode meaning the beats are manufactured but the tune is more than lurking – B

Smile – Katy Perry – minor league but certainly capable of hitting the Billboard 200 in a big way, Katy is disco charming on a song for Orlando Bloom one assumes – B-

Hard On Everyone – Kathleen Edwards – this makes her two goodies for three on her return to music (presumably after Covid-19 cancelled her Ottowa cafe) – B

Look Easy – KAYTRANADA, Lucky Daye – a rare black DJ gets the feature right with Lucky, the song less so – C+

The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady (with Eminem) – Kid Cudi, Eminem – Shady has been down with protest music since “Square Dance” but it is new territory for Cudi, so Cudi sings about sex and Eminem takes us from long  past to Covid-19 – B+

Make You Dance – Meghan Trainor – a competent, uninspired  dance track written in isolation… – C+

Standing On The Moon – Molly Tuttle – an Americana take on a Grateful Dead 1989 plodder, Molly sings it well but the song is not very good – C+

Mess Me Up – Neon Trees – indie rock doesn’t function the way it did five years ago, Neon Trees do it well but the world isn’t in the mood – B-

So It Goes – Live – Nick Lowe – It’s not that song has aged poorly, it remains a masterpiece, and Lowe sings it alright (love the way he says 747)  just not as well as he once did – C+

Forgotten Days – Pallbearer – prog metalers with a melody lurking here somewhere, the singer needs a little stick or the band needs a new lead singer   – B-

The World Can Wait – Paul Oakenfold, Luis Fonsi – Fonsi sings in English, DJ Oakenfold adds a twist of Avicii – C+

RIOT – Pussy Riot, IXXF – industrial political action figure with an okay rap and a great sound via indie DJ IXXF – B+

Quick, Fast, In A Hurry – Rascal Flatts, Rachel Wammack – 90% of the time the country trio is in the running for worst band of the 21st Century and then from time to time they will nail it so great, this is pop country plus rock guitar with a great vocal Rachel who I’ve missed till now but plan to catch up on – B+

Most of Us Are Strangers Feat. Ceu – Seafret, Céu – Ceu blew her big chance (she needed a follow up to the epic “You Won’t Regret It” and didn’t have one,) and Seafret could have been a UK OneRepublic and didn’t do it either. This is why – C-

Stickin’ (feat. Masego & VanJess) – Sinead Harnett, Masego, VanJess – Sinead is an r&b singer from the UK, often in demand to add her voice to EDM pop tracks, this ain’t much – C+

DYING 4 YOUR LOVE – Snoh Aalegra – neo-r&b Cleopatra lookalike from Iranian- Swedish heritage, she never seems to get the song she needs – C+

Party Girl (Remix) – StaySolidRocky, Lil Uzi Vert – nicely done and Lil Uzi is in great form on the remix of StaySolidRocky’s breakthrough – B

My Rajneesh – Sufjan Stevens – better than “America” but shoulda cut out after five minutes, this new extended codas are bumming me out – B-

Stationary – Teenage Halloween – New Jersey power pop tune monsters, just signed to Don Giovanni Records, with a strong track – B

Get Up (feat. Vince Staples) – Terrell Hines, Vince Staples – as in stand up for your rights on a rewrite for the #BLM moment, both rappers are tops and whoever crafted the beats is gonna find themselves very popular – A-

I Wanna Know – The Hunna – pop punk and rocker style from the UK, Ryan Potter looks the way YUNGBLUD dreams he does – B

Criss Cross – The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup is on no ones best Rolling Stones albums, despite “Angie” and the #metoo “Star Star,” now with the upcoming box set on the horizon, the Stones continue to dance with Mr. D on the blueprint outtake “Criss Cross – B+

Warning Warning – Toots & The Maytals -the second single off the second coming Toots Hibbert’s upcoming album, a perfect mix of rock and reggae – B+

Valentine – Travis – their rockingist slab of sound is also their best since the days when all they wanted to do is fuck – B-

SWAG – YG – the follow up to “FTP”  (aka Fuck The Police) is all throbbing synth beats and self interest swagger – B

Love Me Land – Zara Larsson -disco electronica via Sweden, Robyn ain’t worried – C+

(PS: if you are looking for a must to avoid, the truth is that even the “C-” coulda been “C” after a couple more listens and I didn’t bother with one this week…)

 

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