Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 2-16-18 – 2-22-18

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Cutting Ties – 6LACK – I lost interest in this r&b singer after a bad opening set for The Weeknd, but this is a good soul song heartbreaker – B

Bed Of Roses – Afrojack, Stanaj – I have heard enough of EDM pop to last me a lifetime, it is to the 10s what MOR was to the 80s – D+

Far Away Truths – Albert Hammond, Jr. – Everything this guitarist performs sounds like someone else, someone better, this is OK guitar rock Strokes-yness – B-

Cocky – A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage – From the upcoming, horrendous looking, “Uncle Drew” basketball movie based upon, wait for it, a Pepsi Cola commercial.  This is slight, but the hook is very very catchy – B-

Lemon Glow – Beach House – Yup, very 2012 ambient soundscape indie pop stuff – C+

JUNE 12TH – Blood Orange – High on the most overrated list, I haven’t liked a thing he’s done since the first album, the two times I saw him live he sucked, and this is all phased out weirdness AGAIN – C

Ahora Dice – Real Hasta La Muerte Remix – Chris Jeday, J. Balvin, Cardi B, Offset, Anuel, Azuma, Archangel – Can’t say I think a lot of Cardi’s verse, or anything else. All these people for such a half mast track – C

Style Wars – Chuck Strangers, Joey Bada$$ – Pro Era new kid on the black, sounds like Nas -but not great Nas – C+

Nameless, Faceless – Courtney Barnett – The verse is as good as she gets, the chorus stinks – C+

This Is That – David Byrne – Nothing much art-rock – C

Go out Fighting – Dr. Dog – But go out – C

In Between Stars – Eleanor Friedberger – “In between moons I was the sea…” whatever, fuck off back to Lilith – D+

Vincent – Ellie Goulding – Are you kidding me? Just what the world needs, a moribund Don Mclean song about Van Gogh who, if nothing else, doesn’t give a shit about being misunderstood today, given a very sincere outbreak of the flu – MUST TO AVOID – D

Digging My Own Grave – Escape the Fate – Screamo reaming sleepo deepo – D+

Moon River – Frank Ocean – I wish he hadn’t double tracked his voice, but the background track is haunting in ways Audrey Hepburn’s excellent original simply wasn’t, and that’s it: this is a superb and sad, swimming in the river of life carried forward in time and hope. Ocean, who I loved back when he should at the Odd Future awesome Hammerstein Ballroom gig in 2012, then I missed the first album, no idea why it took me a year to hear it properly, but by the time I caught him at Panorama last year I had gone from fan to fanatic and this terrific cover just adds to it – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Don’t Give up on Me – Illenium, Kill The Noise – The face of EDM we don’t see enough, very dramatic brother to metalcore and goth beats and melody – B

Wait By The River – Lord Huron – I can just imagine T5 filled with women in Birkenstocks and men with beards swaying to this – C

Love Machine – JB Dunckel – Half of Air so shouldn’t this be awesome? A dreary slog of ambient sound and disembodied singing – C

Tetris – Madilyn Bailey – Small town girl goes to LA, this is a sweet song of twee pop singer songwriter – B-

Have I Told You Enough – Moose Blood – UK goes emo, I love the performance though the actual song ain’t much… good drummer – C+

Thought Contagion – Muse – This ain’t great but it does sound an awful lot like Muse, so if you love Muse… – C+

Don’t Move Back To LA – Okkervil River – Sounds like world weary Americana with a sneer under its breath. Hey, maybe I underestimate Americana – B+

I Need You – Paris Hilton – Er, well she’s done worse. This isn’t EDM, it’s more 50s style pop and not unpleasant though she sings terribly – C

10,000 Hours – PRETTYMUCH – Finally, somebody is trying to follow in the 90s disco boy band footsteps. Though this won’t cut it – C

Unruly – Professor Green, Diztortion, Fekky – Fekky’s rap is first rate, Diztortion’s production is a blast and Professor Green (unknown DJ here, huge in the UK) is energetic and badass – A-

Baby I Love You – Ryan Adams – A dog from Ryan, sub, sub Roger McGuinn – C-

Mad Love – Sean Paul, Becky G, David Guetta – Guetta gets his Major Lazer on – C

Man Down (feat. AlunaGeorge) – Shakka – Reggae meets EDM AGAIN – C+

1, 2, 3 (feat. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto) – Sofia Reyes – Ho hum reggaeton – C+

You Owe Me – The Chainsmokers – Bland out from a duo that might have peaked – C+

Void – The Neighbourhood Hot neo-soul hip hop, doesn’t happen – C

Pointlessness – The Voidz – Wait a second, didn’t Julian used to be a hottie? God, life can do a number on you… the song is strong enough, not as good as the first single but it seems to have moved past their obstreperous art damage first albums – B-

B.I.D – Tory Lanez – Very strong, highly melodic, rap track from the Canadian star – B+

Kelly’s Bar – Trampled By Turtles – Fiddle crazy bluegrass from Minnesotans with beards – B+

Love Told A Lie – Valerie June -Good voice, smoothly distilled Americana, wonderful sound – B+

All Star Break Up – Wale – A goodie by a guy I’m not a fan of, a really good Drake circa “Over My Head” style track – B+

Last Man Standing – Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon –  A  not untypical almost novelty track that George Jones might have sung – B

Been A While – Wiley – I was expecting Godfather 2 this week, but this will do. He is definitely the best in the rap gang – B+

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