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Going Steady: New Singles 1-28-22 – 2-3-22 Reviewed

On Your Way (Felix Song) – Anaïs Mitchell – the composer of “Hadestown” returns with a song that also feels like Broadway exposition but is soft rock instrumentally and pretty enough – B

Boys Don’t Cry – Anitta – Brazilian popstar tries for the US charts on a slick slice of EDM pop – B-

Make Me Wanna – Babeheaven, Navy Blue – I’m surprised they aren’t bigger in the UK where the market for young black women singing neo-r&b is huge, singer Nancy Andersen and keys player Jamie Travis add trip hop beats to mood music and Navy’s rap is great – B+

Johnny P’s Caddy – Benny The Butcher, J. Cole – Griselda Records setting the record straight after Benny got ignored by the Grammys. J. Cole helps – B+

Really Big Shrimp – Carly Cosgrove – Emo’s second (3rd?) act is getting bigger than their first one, prettily generic – B-

Beg For You (feat. Rina Sawayama) – Charli XCX – Charlie’s problem has remained constant since Icona Pop’s “I Love It”, pinpointing who the hybrid popster actually is. This doesn’t solve it… though it’s a good song – B

Electric Moose – Circa Survive – with Will Yip producing you are assuming that the electronic band will bang some beats, and they do – C+

Nice to Meet You – Cody Simpson – overblown pop boy from Australia who admires Justin Bieber and has similar chops – B-

COUPLE CUBES OF ICE – DaBaby – I agree, he can be a turkey but his second post-LGTBQ battle (he lost) single is much better than the first, his voice is just an ache and a sneer at the same time – A-

Burning Heart – Dashboard Confessional – This would be bigger if his audience was fifteen year old boys and not 35 year old incels, a blah solo – C

Walkin – Denzel Curry – it doesn’t work till the midway mark where Curry runs, not walks, with a flow to die for – B+

Pump 101 – Digga D, Still Brickin’ – Digga D is from LADBROKE GROVE but sounds like bed stuyvesant is the livest one on some straight up rap – B+

You’ve Got To Let Go If You Want To Be Free – Disclosure, Zedd – Two top DJs, Disclosure were huge in the 10s, and Zedd was a young but important EDM amoeba type, together they add everything including post punk and hardcore, here they play it as straight House pop song – B

Churchyard – Ex-Vöid – a lot of trauma with Joanna Gruesome (the Welsh pop punk band) with Alanna leaving and forming this band with also Gruesome Owen William, on Don Giovanni no less, and they are a fine if not particularly original pop punk meets power pop band – B

Body Suit – Foxes – didn’t they disband? Wait, was that Foxing? Terrific and surprising sax solo on the bridge – B

Curious – Franz Ferdinand – Franz as usual art rock and pop with just the right attitude, they are a good band performing iffy songs like this though four times round the lick really kicked in – B

Shinigami Eyes – Grimes – what do you do after you’ve had a child with and broken up with one of the richest men in the world? Back to the wheel… This is not hyperpop and it’s not out there, it is electronic pop and exceedingly pretty though those chipmunk vocals may have a spot of 100 Gecs in them… – B+

Rumors (feat. Lil Durk) – Gucci Mane – a brief history lesson as the King Of Atlanta Trap and a big Chicago drill troll bury their dead and make their own. Note the King Von mention -so now we know who killed he who killed him – A-

(Pick Me Up) Euphoria – From ”Euphoria” An HBO Original Series – James Blake, Labrinth – is this the sound of Young America? I don’t hear it myself however much I love Blake, this is music to nod out to – B

Nobody Sees Me Like You Do – Japanese Breakfast – from the exceedingly little (one other song as well) I’ve heard off Ben Gibbard’s upcoming Yoko Ono tribute album I am not expecting “No Bed For Beatle John” and instead am locating her sweet spot, indie sweetheart. Japanese Breakfast does a very good job, Yoko’s original dates from 2007 and is with the great Apples In Stereo (Beatle fans, as you can see), she makes it a much quieter experience and it shines either way – B+

Backseat – Juicy J, Project Pat, Wiz Khalifa – This is a meeting of minds and there is an entire album on the way, I’m not crazy about Juicy or Wiz, but together? This is well rapped, well controlled, flow rap, listen to it under the influence of weed – B+

NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY – Kilo Kish, Vince Staples – always a pleasure to hear from Kilo and “New Tricks” are old tricks but good ones with hyper pop sounding backing tracks and her icy rap – B+

26 – Lauv -the bedroom popster with a lovely lo fi but still techy singer songwriter confessional – B

Where Are You Now – Lost Frequencies, Calum Scott – when they drop the bass it falls off the song – C-

Winner’s Circle – Maneka – the former Speedy Ortiz member with a song that is black Americana meets tech – B-

I’ll Never Not Love You – Michael Bublé – Twelve years after his self-penned “Haven’t Met You Yet”, he wrote this as well and really, it is whatever – B-

Keep the Lights On – Muscular, Sam Huber – Muscular is a Finnish DJ with an infinity for funk, Sam Huber is a Finnish singer who loves soul, and the two come together with a truly great funk soul work out – A-

Bye Bye Baby – NOBRO – three chord wonders with 70s style wham bam, burn the club pure punk old school greatness. And, I agree, the drummer is excellent – A-

moshpit – renforshort – sadgirl with a knack for a really good chorus which pushes the songs up on her bedlsitland vibes – B+

KEEP IT UP – Rex Orange County – is the bedroom pop guy a one hit wonder? Can you see another half a billion streams for “Keep It Up” ? – C+

Otra Noche en L.A. – Ricky Martin -mainstream Latin pop from a master – B

Police – Snoop Dogg, A1 Yolaman, J5 Slap, Jiggie June – it’s odd Chuck D and NWA didn’t get a credit on this mash-up of armed militia warnings – C+

Hooray Hooray – Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder – a meeting of two greats (with an album arriving soon), on this first rate blues – A-

Happy Birthday -Forever – Tess Parks – Anton Newcomb’s friend with what Courtney Barnett would be singing if she got stuck in the garage for a week – B+

Get Back – Rooftop Performance / Take 2 – The Beatles -nice rockin take for sure -Billy Preston is unreal on the bridge, though whenever we listen to it we now remember it was meant to be an anti-Enoch Powell and the UK’s clearly racist immigration England. It wouldn’t have worked because it’s being sung from the POV of the racist. It would be like singing “Give War A Chance” – A

High – The Chainsmokers – a terrific return from the DJ duo who have been searching for a repeat. Well, this could do it with a hook, “you only say you love me when you’re high” to reel you in and a pitter patter beat that will keep you in place. This is the Chainsmokers first release since 2019 so it couldn’t be bigger and apparently they nailed it – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Loved You A Little (with Taking Back Sunday and Charlotte Sands) – The Maine – emo rockers around since the mid10s, joined by two talented features on a fine slice of emo pop, Sands then takes it to another level – B

The Smoke – The Smile with Thom, Jonny and Nigel on board on the new band, they are Radiohead redux – C+

Postman – Toro y Moi – glitchy electronic pop with a funky little beat – B

dominoes – Uffie – very catchy kids poppiness for teens – B

Fear in Non Fiction –, Geoff Rickly – Thursday’s lead singer takes no prisoner on a screamo uber track – B+

City Lights – Bill Anderson’s 50th – Vince Gill – Vince was on the verge of taking over from George Jones as the face of traditional country… so he joined the Eagles instead, this wonderful cover is what we are missing – B+

vice city – XXXTENTACION – a re-release of a 2014 single on what would have been his 24th birthday – B+

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