Rainforest – Noname – the new vanguard’s first release since last year’s best song of the year starts is this year’s best song of year, no doubt the album will put the year on its ear
Jonah – Kanye West – The choice is almost random, there are four or five other songs on Donda that could have made it (and maybe “Moon” or “Jesus Lord, Pt 2 should have) but this will cement Lil Durk’s position in hip hop and make a star of Vory, in this tribute to Jonah Ware, an independent artist in Louisville who was shot and killed on August 8, 2020.
Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon) – Justin Bieber – it’s the sound of cotton candy r&b, soulful and easy going with a fine chorus… also introduced us to new soul guy Giveon
Scream – Lindsey Buckingham – it’s not that Buckingham ever made this look easy, you never didn’t see him sweat (pace Tusk), it is that he hasn’t written ear candy as great as this terrific slice of classic rock pop since 2008, a master work of Buckingham melodicism by a past master not past it
Do You? – April Rose Gabrielli – a gorgeous song, I don’t know how she can beat this one though a couple I heard at The Bitter End come close
rubberband – Tate McRae – Tate is sadgirl pop with electronic backing and a top, highly intelligent vision of her reality on her break-up song: “And I got this rubber band on my wrist, on my wrist and I snap it every time that I think about your lips,” and though it might be her only song -she was generic on stage, that doesn’t make it anything less than great
brutal – Olivia Rodrigo – Olivia’s re-write of “Pump It Up” is getting exploited in search of her teenage dream
Question (feat. Don Jazzy) – Burna Boy – a brilliant piece of modern pop with a slithering beat and a Graceland vibe
Same Size Shoe – serpentwithfeet – on the strength of this song, it is safe to say nobody has ever written better about black men who love black men sexually.
La Chica De Hoy (This Year’s Girl) – Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Cami – not only having it sung in Spanish but also having a woman singer opens the song up to a wider interpretation than even is muted compassion implied
So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg) – From “Annette” – Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard – The lead off song from the sparks musical, is the most purely Sparks like song you’ll ever hear with its hook laden repetition based upon a clipped off marshall beat. Fifty years ago it would have been huge
Born This Way – The Country Road Version – Orville Peck – while Orville’s, gay masked, country affectation is beyond irritating, his thundering baritone is a locking up of gay pride on one of Lady Gaga’s greatest moments
Everything I had – Sun June – The Austin, Texas indie-pop five piece band have crafted a mini miracle of mood, an austere brooder that simmers till it becomes a wall of brooding sound as it falls into the one, undoubted truth of 2021: “everything I had, I want it back”
Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head – TORRES – if you believe it used to be as easy for a woman to be an out lesbian in pop, I have two words for you: Lesley Gore. So if we support lesbian musicians there is an additional reason though, really, who needs one for King Princess or Hayley Kiyoko, or Torres who gets more mainstream with every indie art rocker, especially this lovely ear candy rocker of romantic bliss until the toothbrush disappears.
Off the Yak – Young M.A – if Angel Haze was masculine she still wouldn’t be as good as Young. M.A., with the MC putting down the Courvoisier and a word to listen to: “three things I hate are liars, bills, and paying my taxes” as she writes new York Drill in her own image
Stuck In Time – Brando’s Lair – Former Let’s Talk About Girls leader Barry Holdship’s band have promised a new song a month, though he will be hard pressed to beat out this gorgeous, harpoon leaning, early 60s style folk rocker meets doo wop
drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo – Rodrigo is our first rock star in over a decade, and this very popular lost love is the first act of Olivia’s revenge and turned the US on its ears. She was seventeen when she co-wrote, eighteen as I write this
Fillin’ My Cup (feat. Little Big Town) – Hailey Whitters, Little Big Town – a superior drinking song from the country singer, rides a snappy fiddle
Friday (Remix) – Rebecca Black, 3OH!3, Big Freedia, Dorian Electra – the absolute hypothesis of hyperpop, they couldn’t throw any more at it
BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown) – BROCKHAMPTON – Danny Brown might well be the only rapper we don’t hear enough from, and Brockhampton are on fire on this whirling, spiralled track best moment on their fine new album
KESI – Camilo – if Medellín is on your mind, it might be because you just watched J balvin’s documentary but if you are really lucky it’s because you’ve been listening to the sweet as molasses love song from the 27 year old singer songwriter with a peak track
No Hole In My Head – Tom Jones – TOOOO BAD
INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) – Lil Nas X – Co-produced by Kanye West, with a good verse from Harlow and a facedown with the music industry as Lil Nas X thrives post-road
Back In Love City – The Vaccines – The Vaccines are always very witty rockers and especially on a terrific pop that works as an anthem to post-vaccines and a lost love in the big city
Let Them Know – Mabel – she is all about her business on this addictive and hook laden dance track
Far Too Late – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carrie Hope Fletcher – Andrew has said he is re-opening Cinderella on the West End with or without the government’s approval, and I can hear why on one of his loveliest ballads giving a sweepingly soft touch
Bad Luck [Feat. PlayThatBoiZay] – Denzel Curry – screamo meets rap
My Father’s Daughter – Olivia Vedder, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard – The way Eddie’s daughter Olivia sings “I’ve got no truck with men like them, they can go to hell” is very moving, and the song itself is a beautiful Americana and is a good add to the catalog of both Eddie and Iron & Wine.
Black Myself – Amythyst Kiah – a major statement by a black lesbian and former Rhiannon Giddens band member
a covid-19 as break up, post-pandemic as new love metaphor
The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 10-22-21-10-28-22, Jack White’s “Taking Me Back and “Taking Me Back (Gently)” Reviewed
where an innocent child discovers his parents are from another planet
a pulsing badass number
a window into Paul Simon’s legendary career
No Mansfield is a rockstar and so much more…….
“Tarrant” is based on the Alice in Wonderland movies. Tarrant is the real name of the Mad Hatter.
in the postseason his record is 11-11
it makes you wish it was better
From The Old Rivalries Never Die They Just Become Clickbait Department: The Beatles Versus The Rolling Stones (For Idiots)
The Beatles are Shakespearean in their greatness, the Stones a touch more Francis Bacon
SohoJohnny with Martha Washington