Going Steady: New Singles 7-19-19 – 7-25-19 Reviewed

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3 Years Sober – 93PUNX, Vic Mensa, Travis Barker – Vic gone punk on this pretty ace stomper – B+

Jesus In LA – Alec Benjamin – Solo singer songwriter with the emphasis on songwriter, on this sweetly looking for JC in LA and not finding him – B-

China – Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, J Balvin, Ozuna – Latin Urban pop has been breaking out for years now (you might remember my Mega review), but it works better over singles than albums, and the proof is Anuel AA’s reggaeton meets EDM “China” featuring (wait for it) Daddy Yankee, Karol G, J Balvin and Ozuna. Balvin is having a good year, his Bad Bunny album was one of the best of the year – B

Floor Seats – A$AP Ferg – With A$AP Rocky (bafflingly) stuck in a jail in Sweden, the weird award has been handed down to Ferg, on his deep beats stranger thing track with a clipped, ominous vocal – B+

Wam – A$AP Ferg, MadeInTYO –  a bloopy intro becomes a standard issue banger – B-

Too Much Money – Automatic  – 80s style synth and bop pop tune with a whole lotta cool via LA – B

I.F.L.Y. – Bazzi – Bazzi’s second excellent, lovely, smooth as silk, wonderfully named (it stands for “I Fucking Love You”)  r&b pop track, should move the needle – B+

Details – Billy Currington – Mainstream country, true, but mainstream country with the sort of clever lyric you assume only Brad Paisley can do (and not even him, in years) – B+

Chevys and Fords – Billy Ray Cyrus, Johnny McGuire – Billy’s super smart Lil Nas X remix has upped his public image through the roof, and this country waltz works fine as blue collar legend car story  – B

Champion – Bishop Briggs – Pop r&b anthem, the hook makes me throw up in my mouth – MUST TO AVOID  – D+

Stay High – Brittany Howard – After a crap show at Forest Hills Stadium, I lost all interest in Alabama Shakes, and her first solo single earlier this year wasn’t much, but “Stay High” is a Motown-y meets Philly delight – B+

Speaking Of – Cassie – Sweet and surprisingly subtle piece of flava r&b –  B-

Stand – Comethazine – Last soundcloud rap guy crossing to mainstream rap does himself nothing but favors as his second album dropped earlier to year. It didn’t make a sound but if you listened you might have enjoyed it – B

In The Spirit World Now – Ceremony – I caught these guys on stage once and they blew my socks off, a hardcore tough deal punk rock bruise, but this ain’t that, here they are between prog and post-punk – B-

Smoke You Right Out Of Here – David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights – New Zealand everyman rock band guy has grown older and now performs borderline Americana indie rock –  C+

Evening Prayer aka Justice – Ezra Furman – not bad indie folk rock – B-

I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend – Apparently, transgendered Ezra fancied Joey Ramone, unfortunately he fails to find the sweet spot as “Calm Down” sounds more and more like a fluke – B

Hell Bent – Flohio – This dropped in June but her The Streets featured performance is so great I am playing catch up. Love her voice, she spits fast and smooth and sounds so English meets Kingstown with an aggressive energy – B+

Dreamer – Four Tet – Electronic, instrumental doo dah – B-

Frequent Crier – Future Teens – Indie pop to the nth degree, with a melodic tingly guitar solo and a first rate chorus, and the more I hear it the more touching it becomes, “crying in the shower, crying in the traffic jam” is my idea of a hook – SINGLE OF THE WEEK  – B+

I Wish – Hayley Kiyoko – The opening is so sweetly different and the song is clearly clever electronic pop as she is pushed by desire, Hayley’s sound hasn’t moved forward but it is good where it was anyway

Free – Iggy  Pop – This is Iggy? Borderline ambient plus horns – C+

MAYBE – Justine Skye – Sweet and sexy r&b – B

Face My Fears – Kaleidoscope Orchestra Remix – Hikaru Utada, Skrillex, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Steve Pycroft – Is this being done electronically? Surely not? Soaring orchestrations – B

Prophet – King Princess – Hot and sweaty song of desire, suck on a finger and be sorry  – B

Menea, Menea – La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho – Old school Rhumba from old school regional Mexican banda – B

Pose To Do (feat. French Montana and Quavo) – Lil Pump, Quavo, French Montana – As “Gucci Gang” proved, Lil Pump pros out  at repetitive hooks, here he hands Quavo the sad story of a man with too many choices  – B

Bossanova – Lil Tecca – 16 year old Queens rapper has his second potential hit right here, with a catchy lowkey rap track – B

Money (with Tom Misch) – Michael Kiwanuka, Tom Misch – Always a little bit boring, the UK soul singer has a strong and dreamy arrangement but the song is a doze – C+

It All Comes Out in the Wash – Miranda Lambert – Story song by a woman past her best moments if the last three years have anything to say about it, here she works a really good hook for a story song of intermediate skills where she oversells her metaphor – B-

Suddenly – Molly Sarle – Jingle pop meets folk pop – B

Come Back To Earth – Rayland Baxter – Butch Walker was born to produced emo rockers and Rayland was born to sing same style melodies much, much slower – C

The Party Underground – Redd Kross’s ode to performing in basement rock room, timeless stuff – B

Kids – Rich Brian – Terrific, horns driven rap track from the young rapper not yet 21 – B+

Come On – Quality Control, City Girls, Sawatie, DJ Durel – Quality Control are Migos, City Girls are holding to Drake’s shirt tails… for now. This nursery rhyme rap belongs to City Girls -who are having a good year – B

Baby – Quality Control, Lil Baby, DaBaby – With at least one of the best voices is rap today (Lil Baby), it still doesn’t add up to much more than a lot of rappers on an iffy trap track – C+

How Do You Sleep? – Sam Smith – Produced by Max Martin, now here is a meeting to be expected at some point in our lives. I’ve discounted Sam nonstop in the past two years, so let’s expect this electronic hookmobile to hit big – C+

at least i look cool – Sasha Sloan – DIY popster mood singer Uber Pools to swell parties… don’t we all? – B

Taking On Time – Sinead O’Brien – Irish spoken word with a great rocking backing band – B

The Center Won’t Hold – Sleater-Kinney – Second killer track off the upcoming album, a brooding piece of rock repetition with a clangy trap hi-hat glacierness – B+

The Cleaner – Squid – Math rock, aka proggy, but not PROGGY popness – B-


The Three Graces – Tess Callaghan – Irish folk rocker who sounds a touch post-anything, killer backing bed as well and a melodic hummer that haunts on this single – B+

Send Her To Heaven – The All-American Rejects – Mid-tempo rock whatever – C

Redesigning Women – The Highwomen, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires – Country super group meet boredom – C+

It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You – The Lumineers – Strummy, sad song nicely done – B+

Anna – The Menzingers – Strong pop rock, you expect Doug Hopkins to show any minute – B+

Ruin The Smile – The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Long name for fair to middling hardcore – B-

How Long’s It Been – Live at Abbey Road Studios – The Streets, Flohio – The Streets released two of the best rap albums you’ve ever heard and then went crazy with success (essentially as he warned against), and disappeared till… YESTERDAY… when we got a new single! Featuring an excellent young rapper Flohio, who I missed completely last year, “How Long’s It Been,” should blast her through in the UK at least, neither trap nor grime, it is freestyle recorded live and the better for it, the rhyming is excellent, the sound so London yet with the slightest of patois Jamaican undertow, and completed by a true return by one of the best UK rappers ever with a current self-portrait about the middle of life – B+

Pegasus Seiya – The Struts – Per Crunchyroll.com: “an English lyrics cover version of “Pegasus Fantasy,” the first OP theme song for Toei Animation’s first Saint Saiya TV anime (1986-1989), originally performed by Japanese hard rock band MAKE-UP.

Forever – Tory Lanez – A Drake contemporary has been releasing one good song after another this year… good not great – B-

Sick – Vivian Girls – Back in the early 10s, indie pop, wall of guitar sounds, bands like Vivian Girls, ruled. Then they broke up and stopped being the bands that mattered, now reformed they haven’t lost a step on this electric mood music – B

Kathy’s Song – Westerman – Excellent Paul Simon cover with electronics not distracting from the classic – B+

Love Is Everywhere (Beware) – Wilco – The early solo lick is glorious and whenever it shows up so does my interest – B-

Royalty (feat. Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don & Vybz Kartel) – XXXTENTACION, Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don, Vybz Kartel – Dancehall sound with three rappers added to XXX’s unfinished track – B


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