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Going Steady: New Singles 5-14-21 – 5-20-21 Reviewed


Emergency (Feat Gunna and Young Thug) – 21 Savage – trap track super aggressive sex and money with three top rappers – B

Growing Pains – AJ Mitchell – r&b electronic variant on Harry Styles “Watermelon High” – B-

Believers – Alan Walker, Conor Maynard – Norwegian DJ, UK singer songwriter, take on old school video games – C+

Bite Marks – Au/Ra – the Caribbean singer songwriter is a sadgirl variant off the beach and in the bedroom – B-

Ten Toes Day – Calboy – hip hop, heavy autotuned, soul track echoey snooze – C

Ur Gonna Wish U Believed Me – Cavetown – lonely boy lo fi indie pop, pretty and drab at the same time with an electronic break – C+

Besarnos de cero – Danny Ocean – The Venezuelan DJ meets reggaeton star opens as a beat and bop and morphs into an anthem redux – B+

Met Him Last Night – Dave Audé Remix – Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande – remixed as a house monster with two Disney Princess merging – B

FUCKBOY – Dixie – and she ain’t just whistling on this lost love where all that remains is the sex on an electronic burner – B+

Never Believe – Fuckin Whatever – electronic goth atmospherics sub-rock – C

Been To War (feat. Swizz Beatz, DMX & French Montana) – Godfather of Harlem – DMX sounds a little weak – C+

Seahorsey – Seahorse, King Krule – according to ourculture: “King Krule is the alias of singer-songwriter Archy Marshall, whose brother Jack Marshall plays in Horsey….” and the vibe is a slightly more upbeat King Krule style electronic driven bummer bass and drums variant – B-

His & Hers (feat. Don Toliver, Lil Uzi Vert & Gunna) Internet Money – Taz Taylor is a hugely successful producer (in 2017 he was working with XXXtentacion) and is joined by a rap class of 2019 on an hip hop r&b and rap beauty sizzler – B+

Eternal – Jenevieve -somewhat woozy r&b by an LA neo-r&b who should be signed to Kendrick’s TDE – B

Bigger Man (with Maren Morris) – Joy Oladokun – the piano gives the country singer a Carole King vibe on the pleasant though downcast track – C+

Memorize You –  Laine Hardy – Hardy is a Korean-American from Louisiana, performing mainstream country after winning season 17 of American Idol. Plus, in this APIs CAN moment of time, more power to him. The 20 year old’s song isn’t great and it isn’t bad, but as a signpost up ahead for country fans and anyone who can’t stomach racism, it is great to see him move sideways through example in the red states – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Got Me – Laura Mvula – Five years between albums is pushing your luck and then some, but the UK soul and jazz singer is a real talent who channels Michael jackson (though she wouldn’t admit it) on this soul pop track – B

Boy Next Door – Leah Kate – Tik Tok young woman channels Judy Garland (no, I won’t explain the reference) on this beat on the beat pop track – B-

Motorbike – Leon Bridges – you know how a great live show can make you a star? A bad one can do the opposite, and in 2018 at Radio, Leon was crappy (here) as is this imminently forgettable r&b track – MUST TO AVOID – D+

In There – Liz Phair – At first glance I was assured the upcoming album was a problem (that Lou Reed song, just awful) but this is a lovely indie rock track, no it isn’t “H.W.C.” but it is fair enough – B

Funeral (feat. James Bay) – Maisie Peters – Maisie, amusingly, calls it “emo girl pop” and the operative word being pop with electronic singer songwriter Bay -who wrote the track, adding his voice on a winner – B

Forged By Neron – Mastodon – on the verge of being Lamb Of God big, they couldn’t close the deal and here they progmetal but without the visceral power we assume is our god given right – B-

We Are The People (feat. Bono & The Edge) – Official UEFA EURO 2020 Song – Martin Garrix – the famous EDM producer does his best but it pales into invisibility compared to Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” ten years ago. Unspeakably bad, feel nothing anthem – MUST TO AVOID – E+

Different Drum – Micky Dolenz – Dolenz covers Nesmith, off an upcoming album readying us for the Monkees farewell tour. Dolenz is very credible with a superb rewriting of the chorus’ last half – B+

Straightenin – Migos – I’ve seen the trio opening for both Future and Drake, and they were better than the headliner on both occasions (here), this is Migos trap beat 101 and that’s enough – B

good 4 u – Olivia Rodrigo – as the debut albums waits patiently in the wings, this is an Avril Lavigne style misstep after the biggest song of the year followed by a pretty good one  – C+

fall apart (with glaive) – renforshort – the nineteen year old, electronic singer songwriter from Canada rolls out the synths on a shruggable outing from a girl capable of more – C

Big Colors – Ryan Adams – better than most of Wednesday, Ryan channels his The Cardinals in a Neil Young style folk, classic rock vibe – B+

You Don’t Own Me (Commercial) – serpentwithfeet – I once had dinner with the late Lesley Gore, who, along with Dusty Springfield, was proof of the carefulness lesbians had to show being  true to themselves and seriously closeted. Nearly 60 years  after she released this guarded self-portrait, Josiah Wise is perfection on a cover for the ages – B+

High Dive – SHAED, Lewis Del Mar –  two electronic, indie pop bands join together to form a terrible five piece – C-

Rare to Wake – Shannon Lay – according to Sam Samonsky of Pitchfork (here): “Like a living painting, each new texture and color shifts the mood”. I’ll given her the layered vocals and harmonies with herself, and I’ll give her the arrangement, but I can’t provide the Americana singer with a tune – B-

Too Bizarre (with Swae Lee & Siiickbrain) – Skrillex – the great DJ at his best on an EDM pop track haunted by deep house – B

Reverie – Son Volt – in the Jay Farrar- Jeff Tweedy divorce, I took possession of Jeff, then he couldn’t follow up Foxtrot, and I lost interest. Son Volt’s alt-country was less though this song is a winner – B+

Weather Strike – Tom Morello, Pussy Riot – Pussy Riot sound like Pussy Riot and Tom adds dimensions with an overwhelming set of electric guitar breaks – B+

Won’t Sleep – Tones And I – The Aussie former busker, current one hit wonder, and I don’t see why this electronic singalong couldn’t also break pop, no reason not, but I’ve got a nasty feeling it won’t – B

Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head – TORRES – Mackenzie near the peak of her powers with a song much poppier and addictive than anything on her last album, a ringing, clashing, and jingling beauty – A-

I Like Dat – T-Pain, Kehlani – how many autotune specialist does it take to crack the Hot 100? One, and here he is: T.Pain can use autotune to develop the vocal into another instrument… Kehlani welcome here – B

All My Favorite Songs (feat. AJR) – Weezer – why does Rivers suck so bad? His songs should work, and AJR are better at Weezer than Weezer which should help,  but the material ain’t close – C

No Hard Feelings – Wolf Alice – a low key folk pop track and the best off the upcoming album – B

White Teeth –  YoungBoy Never Broke Again – hip hop rap track, not bad – B

2Face (feat. G Herbo) – Young Nudy – Young Nudy is 21 Savage’s cousin and here he perform a smooth flowing rap with Herbo do a hard trap beat – B

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