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Going Steady, An Early Look: New Singles 1-31-20 – 2-6-20 Reviewed

Value – A$AP Ferg – “look at me now” is the punchline as Ferg details his success again, though a haunting sample – B

Risk It – Austra – the chorus is like chipmunk being strangled, when it settles down the hook is a blast of horns where you expect the bass – B-

Never Come Back – Caribou – the always clever one man band has beats anonymous on this soft and glowing dance track – B

St Marie Under Canon – Cornershop – where’s the sitar? It sounds like 60s drenched, organ built, rock… well, better than the first single for sure – B

SHOW YOU – CJ Fly – One of the three pillars of Pro Era uses a jazzy sample here – B

Anyone – Demi Lovato – Effective full blown ballad – B

Song Machine Theme Tune – Gorillaz – if we must, a 23 second song is the way to do it – B

Ordinary Talk – Half Waif – Check out her backstory if you have a chance, this is a slow build of a song, the drums are impressive – C+

Off My Mind – Hazel English- dreamy pop indie girl singer style – B

Sometimes – H.E.R. – quite possible the best new singer of the past two years (though she’s been at it since she was fourteen), this piano and acoustic build soul song is a beauty from a woman who is at that time and place where she can do no wrong – A

Something Relative – Honey Harper – Low impact country pal, the strings are swoony – B

Edie – James Righton – #girldad as Klaxon guitarist lullabys his daughter – B-

Get Me – Justin Bieber, Kehlani – Exists so Kyle can tell the world he did a better r&b song with Kehlani than Justin did. I hope Bieber has better than these two songs in his back pocket, the call and response is an interesting twist  – B-

Unholy Elixir – Kate Tempest – the remix of a song off the album, better than the unoriginal with one great line “I thought I knew the world  but it was only a picture” – B

Automatic Driver – La Roux – The third single off the new album is as close to disco pop as anyone ever gets, catchy and pleasant, the guitar lick is addictive – B

Rodeo – feat. Nas – Lil Nas X, Nas – A terrific remix, just wish he’d left Cardi in as well – B+

Killing What Keeps Us Alive – Margaret Glaspy – Indie singer songwriter – B-

Letter To Nipsey (feat. Roddy Ricch) – Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch – “How many tears did you cry when you lost someone?” -not bad tribute, though the real line is “Got me scared to go outside without that flame on me…” -both Meek and Ricch are way on their game – B

Breeze – The Men – Full steam ahead, no nonsense hard rocker – B+

Awkward Always – The Suicide Machines – ska revivalism as old school rock – B

The Mirage – These New Puritans – children’s chorus take the top half on this weird, arty escapade – C+

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