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Going Steady: New Singles 4-2-21 – 4-8-21 Reviewed



4 Da Gang (with Roddy Ricch) – 42 Dugg, Roddy Ricch – Roddy you remember from the billions streaming “The Box,” here he joins forces with another strong emo rapper with a slight pleasure with better than average flow, emo rap – B-

Where Have You Gone – Alan Jackson – the country guy with the purest of country ballads suffered in nostalgia and melancholia in a love song to his gene – A-

Feel The Heat – AmyElle – “soon we will rave,” the EDM singer claims, more than soon, here on a great slice of house trance music – B+

Your Love (9PM) – ATB, Topic, A7S – generic dance track by a populist DJ… – C+

Space – AUDREY NUNA – Audrey isn’t K-Pop, not even K-R&B, she is a Korean American following in the footsteps of neo-r&b folks like SZA… without that added something but not bad – B-

Ija – TOKiMONSTA Remix – Ayra Starr, TOKiMONSTA, Mavins – terrific dance remix of r&b sweet spot, DJ TOKiMONSTA is usually worth your attention

Hiddensee – Beachy Head – according to Under The Radar (here), “a newly-announced band consisting of Rachel Goswell and Christian Savill of Slowdive, Matt Duckworth of The Flaming Lips, Steve Clarke of The Soft Cavalry, and Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow)” sound like a chiming, charming Real Estate on their debut single – B+

Remember We Were Lovers – Bobby Gillespie, Jehnny Beth, Primal Scream – a huge bummer, the leader of Primal Screams meets the leader of Savages on a slice of 70s style yacht Rock. I just don’t get it – MUST TO AVOID – D+

HOT HOT – Bree Runway  – the London hip hop star at the peak of her skills with a song that should be perfect for this summer – B+

COUNT ON ME – BROCKHAMPTON – I love Danny Brown and he was so good last week on Brockhampton’s great “BUZZCUT”… I also like A$AP Rocky, who has the first verse here on this meeting of hip hop minds, pretty good but not Danny Brown. Don’t mention Shawn Mendes  – B

Off You – Big Thief – As Alyson noted earlier this week (here), Big Thief are so woke they should be put to sleep and while I liked this typical indie folk track, I didn’t like it that much – B-

Black Rum (feat. Dylan Brady, Lewis Grant & Ravenna Golden) – Cake Pop, Dylan Brady, Ravenna Golden – Dylan Brady is the other 100 Gecs following Laura Lewis, whose single earlier this year amongst the best of the year, with a fuzzy addictive sliver of hyperpop – B+

In the Water (with Quinn XCII) – CAL, Quinn XCII –  sweet, singer songwriter one man band stuff electronica pop with a little help from Quinn (who is getting bigger and bigger) – B

Awake (with Mahalia) – Chiiild, Mahalia –  Chiiild calls himself synthetic soul but what he means is digital soul, soulful, brooding and with an excellent other voice to sing with – B

ghost town (voice memo) – Chloe George – sadgirl piano minimalist song – B-

I Eat Boys – chloe moriondo – pretty, sadgirl alone track – B

Girl Go – Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us” actress goes country, it ain’t awful – B-

Night Light – Cold Cave –  Brooklyn Vegan compared the synth poppers to New Order, for good reason (the single art is the proof)  – B

Woah Man – Dayglow – strong, singer songwriter pop rock ballad via Texas (I know), and that “woah man, you really gotta let things go, man” is a great couplet  – B

Sorry I Am – Del Water Gap – a touch on the moribund, junior varsity, electronic swirl – B-

LazyBaby – Dove Cameron – lovely little break up disco track from the actress – B

Queen Of Suffolk County – Dropkick Murphys – they performed this St. Patty’s day 2020 (here), it was good then and it is good now – B

gold fronts (feat. Lil Wayne) – Fousheé, Lil Wayne  – she is a good singer and Weey is strong and subdued and poppy but teeth grills don’t do it – C+

Big Boss Rabbit – Freddie Gibbs – is Freddie the best? Only when Nas -sampled here, is talking the day off – B

Click Up – Fredo Bang – “Tell him just send one, all these killers over here, nigga, come get one, I tell ‘em head hunt, then it’s redrum, if he weren’t hiding under a rock, he’d be a dead one…” well,  yes indeed via Baton Rouge – B

The Men Who Rule the World – Garbage “the men who rule the world made a fucking mess…” Now that’s political pop with an Abba rip on top – C-

Natural High – Kabaka Pyramid, Collie Buddz, MediSun – talented dancehall guy with a slice of hip hop beats and a pretty tune – B

Skinny – KALEO – godawful blues track – C

WACHA – KHEA, Duki – two of Argentina’s original Latin trap stars return, with a dark trap track – B-

Easy – Lakeyah – catchy rap flow about her lack of competitors – B

Is This Our Earth? – Extended Mix – Lane 8 – percolating beats and house sounds instrumental – B-

Lola – Lilith Czar  – powerful, borderline Goth vocal and strummed guitar -power to the woman – B

Por No Perderte Te Perdí – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Christian Nodal  – effective corrido with the superstar Christian Nodal on board – B

Toosie – Lil Gotit  – The Atlanta rapper with the club banger of the week,  “featuring The 1994 69 Boyz-sampled tune “Tootsee Roll” at the beginning of the track and then adds his own unique spin to it. The mashup of “Tootsee Roll” (where Drake got it)  in the hook coupled with the hard bass on “Toosie”” according to yahoomusic (here), it is a dance groove and rap power shot – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Ali – Mustafa – Toronto-based Muslim poet and songwriter, with a quiet, acoustic guitar picked lick mood song – B-

To The Money (feat. Flo Milli & 8AE) – NEZ, Flo Milli, 8AE – first rate house backing track with Flo completely killing it on a great song – B+

deja vu – Olivia Rodrigo – one of the best follow ups to a smash hit you’ll hear,  in one of the most unenviable positions on earth: the follow-up. Though Rodriguez is (at 18!) already a Disney Princess so isn’t quite as dramatic a must as it might be. It doesn’t matter, “Deja Vu” is an excellent song, with the co-writer of “Driver’s License” Dan Nigro as producer, the gorgeous little pop ballad is the break-up continues with a great lyric hit near the top “Strawberry ice cream, one spoon for two” which repeats as “Strawberry ice cream in Malibu” on the bridge. well sung, well presented, catchy and fun, and a little sad, with a Billy Joel reference for Grandma  – A-

Reflections (feat. Jamila Woods) – oddCouple, Jamila Woods – beautifully produced, sound tapestry by oddCouple, Jamila adds a fine vocal – B

Envidioso – Ozuna, Ovi – Ozuna with a superior rap on the Latin Trap piece of bragging – B

Nightmares In Paradise – from “Paradise City” – Palaye Royale – glam rocker that sounds like it crawled out of 1979, from the movie about  band that sounds as though it crawled out of 1979 – C

4U – Pi’erre Bourne – sometimes you can just hear when a song is a producer extending to life in front of the mic, here what makes the song is certainly not a boring rap at all, it is the lovely backing – B

Young Lies – Poté, Damon Albarn – Pote is a St alt-soul guy and Damon adds the intro  and beyond in his best work since at least bits of  The Magic Whip, and while “a crack head’s behavior is greater than the obsequious behavior of your politicians” is too on the nose, it works in context as Damon leads to the end of the track – B+

Nothing To Say – Savage Gary, Georgia – a fine, beautiful tune and Georgia continues her exploration of beats in quarantine with an excellent vocal – B+

The Melting Of The Sun – St. Vincent – what is she up it? It is the second dog in a row and her SNL performance of it hurt, if anything with an over arranged bummer track – C-

We Never Have Sex Anymore – The Offspring – love the guitar licks all over this otherwise bland rocker – C

The Eternal Tao 2.0 – The Voidz – at some point I began to prefer Voidz to Julian Casablanca’s other band, and this ain’t it – C-

Stay Mine – Timmy Trumpet, Afrojack – two big time EDM stars meet up for a lovely track with horns aplenty and steady

back together – Toosii – with the “Sicko Mode” team behind it, this autotuned rap and soul track is lovely indeed – B

D. I. A. L. – Topaz Jones – meaning “dying is a lifestyle” which it isn’t and Topaz’s bar charging vocal is proof – B-

Numb – Waterparks – 90s style rock and roll meets hip hop (think Limp Biscuit), with the lead singer Awsten Knight singing so fast he is really rapping on a tongue twister  – B+

Sinking Feeling – Wavves – it’s sort of amusing, while people may compare the band sound to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, we compare Nathan to Roger McGuinn – B+

Successful – Young M.A – still on the yak – B+


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