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Going Steady: New Singles 2-4-22 – 2-10-22

Doja – $NOT, A$AP Rocky – A$AP is about to be a father! I know, he is always about to be a father but this time Rihanna is the mommy! This is alright, love the backing hook – B

Broken – Alfie Templeman – UK dance pop beats with baroque arrangement from the nineteen year old – B-

Softly – Arlo Parks – Paul Epworth, is a UK producer of pop hits, not unlike a UK Max Martin, and this is Arlo Park’s neo r&b black women in London bedroom sounds, and she reaches a new peak on a flat out winner – A-

King of Dancehall – Beenie Man, Panta Son – I saw Beenie Man at a reggae fest in the mid-90s and yes he is the King Of Dancehall, also a pretty good rap from Panta son – B+

Make Me Feel Good – Belters Only, Jazzy – EDM pop track, heavy on the beats from the DJ duo – B

Contrast And Compare – Companion Version – Bright Eyes – re-recorded from Letting Off The Happiness, see here – B+

Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh – Companion Version – Bright Eyes – re-recorded from Fevers And Mirrors, see here – B

Falling Out of Love At This Volume – Companion Version – Bright Eyes -re-recorded from A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995–1997, see here -B+

El Mirador – Calexico – strong regional Mexican vibe with a rock edginess on this fine slice of Tex-Mex – B+

I Know You Know Me (With Matt Berninger) – Caroline Spence – low key, high impact and with Matt, who can add importance to reading the horrorscope, and beautiful strings on the bridge… the song could be better but so could most Americana folk – B-

Currambera – Carlos Vives – The Colombian traditionalist with a dance treat track – B

Wild in the Streets – Remastered 2021 – Circle Jerks – The original L.A. hardcore band, covering Garland Jeffreys’ much loved 1977 song, performed by the three chord punk at its best Keith Morris band after Black Flag. They reformed for the 40th Anniversary of Group Sex, and have been waiting to tour since 2019 – B+

John Woo Flick (with Benny The Butcher & Westside Gunn) – Conway The Machine – The Buffalo representatives with a dank sound and a barking, OG voice, and a great metaphor – B+

Half Moon Mornings – Curren$y, The Alchemist – Curren$y never broke through the way he should have, this is a dark track, well spitted, sounding like Weezy meets Snoop, getting laid – B

Peru – Acoustic – Fireboy DML, Ed Sheeran – not bad but keep to the original – B-

Say Nothing (feat. MAY-A) – Flume – The Australian DJ (he is headlining at Gov Ball in June) with a bore dance pop song – C+

Salt Coast – Kae Tempest – not “More Pressure” though his skill as a lyricist is unquestionable – B

Kno Me – Jerry Paper – pretty good, lab created, pop rock guitars and nice landing guitar – B

Tomorrow – John Legend, Florian Picasso, Nas – Nas raps well, better than on Magic, he jumps in to fuse the song for John – C+

Cigarettes – Juice WRLD – one thing about rap, it is easily to find a pop star’s rap and create a song around it, here the song they’re building owes a ton to “Lucid Dreams” – B

Dates In Pickup Trucks – Kassi Ashton – ‘fess up, you thought this was good ol’ boys country from a woman’s perspective, instead it takes song construction from country and morphs it into r&b – A-

Don’t Play That – King Vonn, 21 Savage – Drill is out to lose more young black rappers than Soundcloud Rap, Soundcloud lost names like Juice Wrld and xxxTentacion, Drill lost Pop Smoke, TDott Woo just last Tuesday, and Chicago Trap deity King Von, the result for King Von is his first posthumous album will be his breakthrough and the first single suggests we lost someone major – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Pull Up – Koffee – fantastic voice, skilled at dancehall and rap singing which suggests her decision to really be a singer songwriter was a good one – B+

Everything’s Electric – Liam Gallagher – The dreaded Dave Grohl got a co-writer credit, given how well Liam stepped up for the frontline workers in the UK I seriously wish it was better – C+

Kissing Lessons – Lucy Dacus – Lucy tells the story of her first kiss with Rachel on a fine little singer songwriter confessional, note: this occured when she was SEVEN YEARS OLD – B

Down Under (feat. Colin Hay) – Luude – somewhere between EDM, confessional, and classic rockism as Aussie’s find they are all over the world – C+

emo girl (feat. WILLOW) – Machine Gun Kelly – I’ve loved Willow since I saw her at the Tidal gig years ago, among the heaviest hitters in the business she came on stage with just a guitar at Barclay’s and slew us, here she slays us again giving MGK easily his best pop-punk moment – A-

Chocolate Cake – Melissa Etheridge – the patron saint of lesbian rockers hasn’t learnt a damn thing through the decades… hasn’t forgotten anything either – C

Demolition Row – Metz – a good band with a good hard rocker post-punk track – B

Fascinating Rhythm [Feat. The Time Jumpers & Vince Gill] – Michael Feinstein, The Time Jumpers, Vince Gill – in 22, nobody does Gershwin better than Feinstein, and here with the Nashville swing guys and a future Vince didn’t take follow to perform with the fucking Eagles, this is one of the great takes – A-

Do We Have A Problem – Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby – Nicki made a mistake endemic in so many rappers careers, she got stuck doing features, her last album in 2018 was her 2009 mixtape appearing on streaming services, the new single is somewhere between trap and dancehall on a goodie, nice verse from Lil Baby -B+

Behold – No Souls Saved – I got this from Brooklynvegan who got it from Stereogum and New Echo: No Souls Saved is a supergroup hardcore prog division featuring bassist Jon Lhaubouet is on lead vocals, and the lineup also includes guitarist Andrew “Lumpy” Wojcik (Sanction, King Nine), bassist Jesse Sutherland (drummer of All Out War), and Mindforce members Mike Shaw (guitar) and Jay Petagine (drums) – which makes them a black metal, bowels of hell lads who burn it to smithereens in 87 seconds – A-

ENTER MY SOCIETY – No Souls Saved – Lumpy wrote it, drummer Jay killed it – B+

One Night Ting (feat. Saweetie) – Tai’Aysha – Saweetie is a woman who can make anything ear candy, and the Dominican-Cambodian via Boston Tai’Aysha sure feels like the next in line for hip hop pop singer of the moment – A-

SAOKO – ROSALÍA – Two years ago it seemed as though if Rosalia wasn’t a J Lo or Aguilera, she was more than even a Becky G… now, she can’t seem to balance her pop art meets Latin pop aspirations, and she is still great. The upcoming album will be mammoth for her – B+

No Blues No Jazz – Savak – the only time I’ve seen em, at some club on Ludlow Street, they blew me away and while this isn’t the post punk you expect, it is the classic rock we deserve – B+

Original Sin – Sofi Tukker – the electronic duo capture a good chorus, so good you might forget Tukker’s god awful mullet – B

she’s all i wanna be – Tate McRae – after a bunch of lousy songs since the epic “rubberband”, this is pretty good – B

I Almost Lost You – The Slackers – the ska punk revival continues and this song sounds more rasta than ska – C+

Party All The Time – Young Costello -more ska as they rewrite the Eddie Murphy song but perform it better and sing it better – B+

Good Time – Young Guv – The Fucked Up guy continues with Young Guv with a catchy pop rocker – B

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