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Going Steady: New Singles 4-30-21 – 5-6-21 Reviewed



Spiral – 21 Savage –  A theme from the eagerly anticipated Chris Rock reboot of the Saw screamo franchise, this is simple trap and 21 Savage sounds drill cool – B

Hero – Afrojack, David Guetta – both Afrojack and David are major dance DJs, David was at the front of the 2010 golden age, and Afrobeat sounds like the heart of pop dance. This isn’t bad without being great of house drop the bass in a pop frame – B

How You Felt – Alec Benjamin – Alec’s Covid-19 song, the singer songwriter who works the dance side of the biz with a catchy though mundane near miss – B-

Finger Pies – Anikka –  Art popster affiliated with the great beak, this is monochromatic beat stuff – B-

Girl From Rio – Anitta – two years after bad Bunny nailed the track, here it is yet again and none the worse for wear with a straight up version of the song – B

durag activity – Baby Keem, Travis Scott –  considering the feature, this is hard trap but not much more – B-

Your Power – Billie Eilish – an acoustic, whispery, business as usual Billie, and Billie uses the opportunity to claim her ex took advantage of her, which is certainly a possibility, but needs a clearer stating of the case – B+

Kilometre – Burna Boy – Perhaps the top Nigerian popster on an afrobeats extravaganza – B+

Satin Bedsheets – Cake Pop feat. Dylan Brady, Ravenna Golden, Aaron Cartier & Pritty – Hypepop goes as mainstream as it has without Charli XCX being on board, chipmunk, electronic pop stuff – B

Prayer From Nowhere – Cold Cave – electronic goth pop bore – C

Elevator Boots – Counting Crows – Adam in good voice on pop Americana country-folk as written with a gooey break, their first in six years and they are just as good – B

X Moves – DMX, Bootsy Collins, Ian Paice, Steve Howe – an odd meeting of g-funk, prog and guitar and rock and… DMX’s growl… I expect more in the vaults – B+

Apathetic Tongues – Dodsrit – black metal screamo depression – B-

Black Gold – Flying Lotus, Thunder Cat – Top LA producers mix jazz and r&b on a very mainstream effort – B

No Gods No Masters – Garbage – after a pretty terrible first single, “The Men Who Rule The World” -it passed into history fast, this is a much better Garbage jangle pop success – B+

Heartbreak Anniversary – Giveon – you might remember the sultry soul man from Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle” and here he is old school soul man for the girls – B-

Shit Crazy – Gucci Mane, BIG30 – Gucci Mane was quiet last year but nobody does trap the way he does, “Shit Crazy” is a hook filled return to power featuring BIG30 -yes, the Memphis newcomer Mane got to feuding with on Instagram for using Gucci’s name without really being his friend – B+

Found My Friends – Hayley Kiyoko – at her most forgettable -C

Don’t Leave Me (Chapter 1: Despair) – HMLTD – UK art rockers, pretentious asf, look at the song name – C-

Geraldene – Jack Ingram, Jon Randall, Miranda Lambert – crappy country blues, these three guys are so smug with their  low key Americana – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Please – Jessie Ware – Ware can sing to dance beats like nobody’s business and after a poppin’ into, she adds a layer of heat on a goodie – B+

Ramen & OJ – Joyce Lucas, Lil Baby – some more chest thumping for two top rappers, especially Lil Baby who has a sincerely spectacular flow – B+

Do A Bitch (Remix) [feat. Rico Nasty] – Kali – nasty Kali, nastier Rico -what’s not to like? – B+

On Me (Remix) (with Megan Thee Stallion) – Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion – two of our best rappers and Megan brings it on her verse even if the song is beyond obvious – B-

Frida Kahlo – Lion Babe – Frida Kahlo is the late artist revered as a patron saint of Mexico, and the song is Lion Babe at their best, a jumpy, fun, joyful expression of pop and hope, electronic artiness that never misses the chance to make you smile and nod along to words you wanna hear like “art is my motto” as a breezy motif for all. Jeezy Hervey is Vanessa williams daughters and makes a credible Frida in the video  -SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Confetti – Little Mix, Saweetie – Did you know that Saweetie’s Uncle is MC Hammer? Or that this, the title track of Little Mix’s last album, isn’t up to much – C

Love Intervene – Lou Barlow – hereby known as the nicest guy you never met, not only has a doozy of a song on the new Dinosaur Jr album, but has this melodic, acoustic folk rock beauty as well – A-

So What (with A R I Z O N A) – Louis The Child – great little EDM pop song, the sounds are great (but what are they are?), and the song is easy and addictive – B+

love race (feat. Kellin Quinn) – Machine Gun Kelly – Kellie is from sleeping with sirens, and Travis Barker produced, but MGK is really about as lame as a rock star can get and this pop punk thrash is rotten – D+

Final Warning – NLE Choppa – wow, a slasher song from the murderous Choppa, who kills informers and those who inform on informers – B+

We’re On Our Way Now – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds -strings on stuff on one of those big songs he’d been know to write for Oasis, only without little brother to sell it – B-

Even When/The Best Part – From “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)” – Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett – The former lovers (Olivia wrote “Driver’s License” for Joshua), join together for two part harmony part counterpart, it is a delightful and low key pop strummer – B+

Scratching At The Lid – Piroshka – UK Brit Pop leftovers with what they refer to as shoegaze though if it is, it comes from the synths – B-

Need somebody – PNB Rock – the Philly producer wants her back though his line in patter could be better – C+

Crossfire – Rag’n’Bone Man – who said he had a lousy voice? Not me. I said he had lousy songs, though this brooding blues rock bummer is better than most – C+

Go Down Deh (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul) – Spice – perfect slice of modern dancehall with three great singers – B+

1.2 – 30.5.19 – Sunroof – Daniel Miller is the owner of Mute Records, and tries his hand at some ambient with Depeche Mode producer Gareth Jones – C+

WITHOUT YOU (with Miley Cyrus) – The Kid LAROI – if you went to sleep and woke up in five years I bet the big pop difference would be The Kid in the position Justin Bieber is today, or at least close. This unbearable strummer might prove  otherwise, Miley has a cold… – C

Hush – The Marias – deep bass whisper hush sensuality, from LA – C+

Body (Remix) [feat. ArrDee, E1 (3×3), ZT (3×3), Bugzy Malone, Buni, Fivio Foreign & Darkoo] – Tion Wayne – some UK pros, including Tion, out of prison after 18 months due to a brawl after a DJ set that involved 100 people, all of who appear here – C+

Choker – Twenty-One Pilots – the second song off their post-breakthrough upcoming album, and they were great when I saw em on stage five years ago (here) and this is not at all bad, so I guess they get an act two – B

Help Is On The Way – wavves – the second good, pop rock track – B

t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l feat.Travis Barker – WILLOW – pop punk and well sung but still uses the pop punk handbook a la Travis – C+

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