Going Steady: New Singles 7-31-20 – 8-6-20

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Latin Grammys – Action Bronson – The horns sure do suggest Latin Jazz and the lyric is showing off with good rhymes and a funny piece of wtf: “I might not be touch my toes but I will still fuck these hos”? I guess we’ll see – B+

Whole New Mess –  Angel Olsen – I’m not a huge fan, but this indie folk track with strummed guitar and echoes vocals is a winner – B+

Move Ya Hips (feat. Nicki Minaj & MadeinTYO) – A$AP Fergie – catchy hook that they take as far as they can – B

Who’s Laughing Now – Ava Max – The UK sweet but psycho with a sweet nothing – B-

At Home With beabadoobee: The Session – Single – Apple Music only but worth searching out, the acoustic strum take on “Care” is killer, and if she is going to be the next big thing for fuck’s sake change jer name. I recommend BBDB – A-

WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? – Bastille, Graham Coxon – sure I hate Bastille, so do you, but there are exceptions and Blur’s Graham Coxon gives them the edge they only ever hinted at, a strong little rocker with some electronics still in its DNA – B+

my future – Billie Eilish – so now we know: Billie is the Carpenters for a new generation with more kid appeal but weaker singing – B+

Mutha Magick (feat. bbymutha) – Black Noi$e, BbyMutha – signed to Earl Sweatshirt’s label, the beat sample sounds like an Asian dog whistle and the song is a strange piece of obtuse beat rumination – B

Mvinline – Extended Mix – Boys Noize – The top German DJ has been a fave since 2010 and here has an extended house beat on her pop tune – B+

Black Eyes Blue – Corey Taylor – Slipknot solo is more pop rock balladeering plus riffs than no nonsense hardcore – B

CMFT Must Be Stopped (feat. Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie) – Corey Taylor, Tech N9ne, Kid Bookie – industrial tech strength electronica and thundering drums is a lot more like what we expected – B

NO DRIBBLE (with Stunna 4 Vegas) – DaBaby, Stunna 4 Vegas – DaBaby still has “rockstar” all over the charts and with Stunna 4 Vegas’s Southern rap rough housing added, this rabble rouser should follow it… part of the way – B+

I Should Probably Go To Bed – Dan + Shay – blah country ballad, though the voices remain powerful – C+

Douha (Mali Mali) (Edit) – Disclosure, Fatoumata Diawara – Does Bey know about Fatou? Apparently, Bey doesn’t own Worldbeat – B

Bad Mother Trucker – Eric Church – first rate southern rock boogie – B+

Riptide – grandson – the second drop from his upcoming debut album, a strong, bedroom comes of age thing – B

Underwhelmed – Grumpster – LA based pop punk riff plus tune – B+

Cry (with John Martin) – Gryffin, John Martin – EDM ballad – C+

Spanish Bombs – Hinds – Spanish pop punks covers the Clash, not many songs shout out Spain Hind claim , may I recommend “Spanish Eyes”? – B+

GAH DAMN HIGH – Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa – sounds more Wiz than J, and these sort of hook songs sound very mid-10s – B-

Live Out Your Love – Kem, Toni Braxton – Two top soul folks with a lovely r&b ballad – B+

One More Night – Lost Frequencies, Easton Corbin – Belgium’s best export since “Asterix” is a dance guy with a way with well felt songs – B- (what can I say, besides sproats, chocolates and Asterix, what have they ever given us?)

LA Who Am I To Love You – From The Audiobook “Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass” – Lana Del Rey –  . I was all in to hate Lana Del Rey’s audiobook poems as spoken word, with music by one Jack Antonoff (just a plinking piano) but it actually works very well on “LA Who Am I To Love You” because Lana speaks as though she means it, oddly musical, and her language is intoxicatingly cigarette smoke – B

Hawái – Maluma one of those songs that makes you wish you spoke Spanish so you could get the full effect of Colombian reggaeton popstar Maluma’s plan to speak now at his exes wedding – B

WE ARE CHAOS – Marilyn Manson –  sounds like not untypical MM in pop mode, a catchy little anthem – B

Fallen Torches – Mastodon – from the upcoming odds and sods album, this is released for the first time and is a take no prisoner rager – B

Happiness – McFly – The English pop punk band as boy band return after four years with a purely addictive slice of feel good all summer long, new love winner… I doubt you’ll hear it here but it should break huge in the UK – B+

In and Out of Love – Melanie C – percolating dance pop track from the former Spice Girl – C+

Olympia, WA – Molly Tuttle – strong Americana singer songwriter mode by the bluegrass guitarist – B+

Lookin’ for a Leader – 2020 – Neil Young – Neil Young rewrites 2006’s “Looking For A Leader” with a simple, straight between the eyes, take down of Trump, though his rhyming could use a little something better – B

Narrow Road (feat. Lil Baby) – NLE Choppa, Lil Baby – these rappers are a little on the young side, Lil Baby is an elder statesman at 25, NLE is 17 years old (he will be 18 on November), and this is a goodie as well as awful obvious money, violence, and coming up through the hood story – B

Baby Beluga – 40th Anniversary Version – Raffi, Yo-Yo Ma – 40 years of this pleasant tribute to fish farmed for their babies – B-

Rari (feat. Future) – Octavian, Future – Skepta is producing Londoner Octavian’s new album and the single features Future as they share woozy sounds but crisp beats – B

Charlie Patton Highway (Turn it Up, Pt. 1) – Robert Plant – tough minded blues work out via Americana via Plant – B

Freestyle – Rod Wave – on the heels of the good Ghetto Gospel. Rod adds sing rap to flow cleverness, produced by Kevin Gates – B

Something More – Extended Mix – Róisín Murphy – Northern soul goes electronic as Murphy is helped by her partner DJ Parrot, the album out in September will be a seamless segueing of ten years of dance tracks – B

Black Love – Salaam Remi, Teedra Moses, D-Nice – Salaam produced for the likes of prime Fugees and Amy Winehouse, and that r&b flavor is what he brings to this solo dance soul track – B

My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy) – Sam Smith, Burna Boy – Sam still has us waiting for the new album, in the meantime he is joined by the Nigerian superstar on a lovely piece of dance brooding – B

Somewhere (feat. Gus Dapperton) – Surf Mesa, Gus Dapperton – more DJ child of Avicii (Avicii and Calvin Harris remain the progenitors of modern dance pop), Surf Mesa is twenty years old (I know)  – B-

You Will Be Loved Again – Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters – The ultimate track off Mary Margaret O’Hara’s 1988 Miss America, is performed for deep harmonizing folk music – B+

cardigan – cabin in candlelight version – Taylor Swift – If you’ve listened ti Taylor’s Voice Memo for “Blank Space,” you’ll have zero doubt as to just how much she needs and doesn’t need Max Martin (or Aaron Dessner for that matters), they add more than shade and less than song, the same goes here from what I can tell – A

Club Zero – The Go-Go’s – their  first single in an astounding knocking on 20 years between releases (for perspective, NLE Choppa hasn only just lived in a world with a new Go-Go release) (it goes along with a documentary, which I hope includes a video I once saw of the girls backstage at a club they’d been playing at and forcing a male fan to jerk off in front of them -Belinda was twenty, chubby, and lovely) is the excellent, hands down best song you’ll hear this week, “Club Zero” is a New Wave meets power pop guitar piece of addictive update. Let’s hope there’s an album – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Ship – The Notwist, Saya – The German guys have melded electronica with haunted synths and steady drumming – B

Fun House – Live – The Stooges – From their final performance in 1970, the skronking horns suggest a pre-no New York sound – B+

Forever – Travis Barker, Run The Jewels – Kudos to Travis for his forceful drumming and RTJ are in that place in their lives where they can do no wrong – B+

You and Islands – Zac Brown Band – there are two types of shitty bands in the world, the ones Pitchfork love and the ones Rolling Stone love, this is the latter. A lousy piece of Covid-19 daydreaming to the ocean –  MUST TO AVOID – D+



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