Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 4-26-19 – 5-2-19

Written by | April 29, 2019 4:30 am | No Comments


Draco (feat. Smokepurpp) – Asian Da Brat, Smokepurpp – The former Asian Doll, Gucci find, sounds hot on this banger, nice verse from Smokepurpp – B

Life Goes On – Beak> – Less weirdly out there then  when they started, this is more alty tech and worse for it – C+

Echo Park – Bedouine – Bedoine moves in next to Alyson Camus on a really lovely indie folk tune – B+

Little Trouble – Better Oblivion Community Center, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst – I’m not a big fan (and missed em live because I was in the UK -and regret it a little,  we know Conor can bring it live but much less comfortable with Phoebe), but this is a pleasant indie folk rocker with the two leads trading verses and sharing the chorus – B

Sleepwalkin’ – Daydreamin’ Version – Better Oblivion Community Center, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst – Dance remix? – C+

Honey – Big Nothing – Philly supergroup indie rockers, pleasant but slight – B-

Half colored Hair – Black Belt Eagle Scout – Boring, typical Saddle Creek indie slowness – C+

Loss And Relax – Black Belt Eagle Scout – If this band was any more relaxed,  it would be dead – C

Hello Sunshine – Bruce Springsteen – Boring, Harry Nillson knock off – B-

Back In My Arms – Carlie Hanson – Indie pop girl, you know the drill – B-

Caroline, No – Chrissie Hynde, The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble – Just what the world was waiting for, a horn blasted version – C

You Don’t Know What Love Is – Chrissie Hynde, The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble – Here ya go, Chrissie sounds deep and bruised on the Billie Holiday cover, the entire thing is a deep blues manifesto expertly executed – B+

Tourniquet – Claire Cronin – Folkie from a poet, nice strings but a major bummer (as the title implies) – C+

So Long – Siplo, Cam – Is it his country move? Eh? Surely some mistake – C

Enzo (with Sheck Wes, feat. Offset, 21 Savage & Gucci Mane) – DJ Snake, Sheck Wes, Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane – major banger and sure it coulda used Lil Jon but it stays Atlanta (mostly) and adds dreamer 21 Savage – B

LOVE IS LIKE A MOSHPIT – Duckwrth, Rico Nasty, Medasin – A mix of punk and rap and also trap, with pace that that could use a bit of a push… – C+

Cellophane – FKA twigs – Not a return to form because she has really been away (very ill apparently), but even so a major return: very well sung and very dramatic, piano ballad – A

If You’re Gonna Lie – FLETCHER – Pop ballad blueprint meh – C+

Spontaneous – Flying Lotus, Little Dragon – Much more EDM pop than the jazz sound we are used to, it’s like it is switching styles in search of a hit single – B-

Appalachian Nightmare – A complete bummer from a songwriter who usually knows better – C

Broken – Kim Petras – She was a real disappointment opening for Troye Sivan at Radio City, and this just proves that sex realignment doesn’t save you from being a bore – C+

Drugs & The Internet – Lauv – Nothing much dance pop – C+

Date La Vuetta – Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yetra, Nicky Jam – Apparently “Despacito” was a fluke, this is a catchy and very slight dance pop track – C+

My Mother & I – Lucy Dacus – Is she dissing her Mom? Whoops, it’s “My mother hates her body” not “my body” – C+

i’m not where you are – Marika Hackman –  Slick little rocker – B-

Light It Up – Marshmello, Tyga, Chris Brown – Mellow gets together with women beating unmellow and form  a standard issue dance track – C+

Summer Days – Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Fall Out Boys – Welcome to 2015, draw up a chair, let me tell you how Hillary is gonna be the first woman POTUS – C

Shine Ibiza Anthem – Paul van Dyke, Alex M.O.R.P.H – Trance by the numbers – C+

No Lo Trates – Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Natt Natasha – Salsa with a taste of dance and reggaetón – B-

Future Love – Ride – Livelier than you thought, second single, jingle jangle shoegaze – C+

All I Want – Russ,  Vigado – Slighter than usual, blue eyed r&b – C+

CrasH – ScHoolboy Q- Not bad at all, better than the first single, like so high on cough medicine, it oozes and woozes – B+

ME! – Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie – Brendon Urie, big bloody deal. from 2008 to 2014 Taylor was untouchable, five years later and  Ariana’s slightest moment  runs circles round this pop gloss synth pop – B-

Eagle birds – The Black Keys – blues for allah if allah was a white boy with nothing to complain about – C-

Traces – The Mystery Lights – Psyche garage but it sounds like post-punk – C+

When I Get Up – Tim Heidecker – Comedy, quirky, but really good pop song writer, this one is better than that Donald Trump stuff – B+

Stop Snitchin – YG – Excellent though wrong headed take down of 6ix9ine… YG has been on a roll for the past two years (since “FDT”) and this is possibly the best of the lot – SINGLE OF THE WEEK –  A

Mister (feat. 21 Savage) – Young Nudy, Pi’erre Bourne, 21 Savage – Mr. Dreamer himself, 21 Savage, is in fine form – B-


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