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Going Steady: New Singles 5-28-21 -6-3-21 Reviewed



California (feat. Warren Hue) – 88rising, NIKI, Rich Brian – hip hop AIPI (May was awareness month) via Indonesia with a trickly emo rap meets ballad, I don’t like it much but I dislike racist violence attacks much more – C

Girl From Rio (feat. DaBaby) – Anitta – the perennial go to for Latin popsters, here joined by DaBaby who is in good voice but not important voice – B-

100 MILLONES – Bad Bunny, Luar La L – Luar is a powerful, growl of a rapper with skills to burn and Benito just polishes off hit after hit and isn’t ready to stop yet – B+

Judas – Big Freedia – Coming soon is the tenth anniversary of Lady Gaga’s big time Born This Way (and she was never better live than on this and the following Artpop Tour), so we are getting the re-imagined (she means re-mixed) album and if they are all half as good as Big Freedia’s hot banger take, so much the better – A-

My Lucky Card – Billy F Gibbons – a third of ZZ Top with a boogie blues, rocker burn it down, and easily the best of the three songs we’ve heard – A-

Bandemic – Bizzy Banks – if Young M.A. is the best thing about New York drill, the second best isn’t Favio Five but the up and coming Bizy who takes a leap over the disappointing debut album last year, with a mood drench viciousness here – B+

City Hot – Bizzy Banks – the banking track isn’t as fresh as “Bandemic” but the beat reverberates and Bizzy’s flow is otherworldly – A-

_BLUR – Blind Equation -somewhere between prog, screamo and math, with samples to burn – B

Tide Is High – Live from Havana, 2019 – Blondie -eight minute jam out with tons of Cuban sounding horns, all the way from Havana… I thought Cuba was closed down by the Trump Administration… – B+

Starting Now – Brandy – generic r&b from our Cinderella – B-

This World (feat. Big K.R.I.T., Trae Tha Truth & Raheem DeVaughn) – Bun B – the 90s rapper has great flow but ends, as so much agitprop does, in cliche – B-

Diana – Chelsea Wolfe – goth meets bass and drums and synth zooms – C+

When Country Comes Back – Colt Ford – ho hum country rocker, the fiddles are pretty strong – C

The Tall Grass – Counting Crows – Adam as Americana, the worst of the songs we’ve heard so far with a resounding no thanks – MUST TO AVOID – D

Life’s Lemons – Chubby and the Gang – UK rockers get their Everly Brothers on – B-

The Anchor – Crowder – there was a time when David Crowder was on the verge of breaking out of Christian Contemporary and into the EDM charts, it didn’t last and this overblown piece of drama is one reason why – D+

Love Like This (Stripped Version) – Remix – Faith Evans – we will never understand why a woman with surely the finest voice of her generation couldn’t get out from under her husband and his best friend’s shadow and forge a successful solo career, at least to Mary J Blige size. Here is an acoustic version of her biggest hit (co-written by Chic, Diddy and Faith) – A

Love 66 – Farruko, CJ – born to sing the hook on Latin Trap, the reggaeton with excellent CJ, kill the hook and the rap – B+

Where The Lightning Strikes Twice – Foxing – overblown emo anthem – C+

Heartbreak Anthem (with David Guetta & Little Mix) – Galantis – I just caught Guetta playing halftime at the Knicks first game (and first loss) in the postseason, and here he is joined by  EDM stars and girl group  for a catchy pop track he maybe should have played – B

Nobody Special (with Future) – Hotboii – nothing special trap pop – C+

Qué Más Pues? – J Balvin, Maria Becerra – Earlier this year there was “The Boy From Medellin,” a masterpiece of sorts documentary as Balvin readies himself for the biggest concert of his career in his hometown, and as the city reels with demonstrations on the street, and has worries about his mental health. Today we got a new single featuring the Argentinian Youtube star Maria Becerra on the sexy sizzler “Qué Más Pues?” – B+

Natty Dread – Jesse Royal – a dub heavy, Rastafarian beauty and love song from the Jamaican superstar – B+

Personality Crisis – Johnny Thunders, Cosa Nostra, Henri Paul – Cosa Nostra: Live At The Mudd Club 1983 Gothenburg is a previously unreleased live show, extremely rare, direct from the Johnny Thunders estate… not that Mudd Club, the one in Sweden – B+

Hear Me Say – Jonas Blue, LÉON – bland EDM pop stroke – C

Life’s A Mess II (with Clever & Post Malone) – Juice WRLD – The late, great, along with the rockstar Post and the not ready for prime Clever, not bad but check out the Lil Uzi Vert remix of “Lucid Dream” on the just dropped deluxe – B-

Mood Ring – Maddie & Tae – the parodic country women behind the masterpiece “Girl In A Country song” sound fine but not girl in a country song fine on this slam dunk on a bipolar lover – B-

running in place at the Live Dream – MisterWives – ho hum pop, piano semi-conducting synth stuff – B-

Leave A Light On – Modest Mouse – second single off the first album in six years is another indie rock kiddie Americana winner – B

Sekkle & Bop – Mr Eazi, Popcaan, Dre Skull – Eazi is one of south Africa’s biggest popstars and here he connects the line between afrobeats and dancehall – B+

Pikete – Nicki Jam, El Alfa – EDM meets Latin trap – B

The Devil – Demo – PJ Harvey – a pitch lower than the White Chalk lead off track, but maintains the piano motif – B

Private -Russ, Rexx Life, Raj – Russ was thisclose to being a modern day blue eyed soul variant and couldn’t pull it off, and while this is a good song, great hook, but does it matter? – B

Too Bizarre (with Swae Lee & Siiickbrain) – Skrillex – from being an also ran DJ to one of the best EDM producers, this is an addictive piece of mix, match, and max as there is screaming in the background – B+

So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg) – From “Annette” – Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard – Can this be anymore Sparks like? 50 years later they remain timeless and ahead of their time with their best moment in decades – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Forever Never (feat. Swae Lee & Pink Sweat$) – Pink Sweat$,PnB Rock, Swae Lee – pure pop for now people in 2021, gooey, catchy sweet nothing – B-

Lullabies with Love – The Wiggles – I preferred em when they were teaching me the alphabet but this will do – it reminds me of when my Great-Nephew and Niece were children as opposed to staring down the barrel of their teens to twenties! – B+

Method To The Madness – The Wombats – the Wombats problem is the Australian band’s first album, which has their two best songs, was so good that everything else missed the sweet spot between satire and sorrow, and singles like “Method To The Madness” just ain’t good enough, plus knock off the clapping – C+

TNT – Wye Oak – I underestimated Jenn Wasner’s voice from the get go and I am not sure why, here she sounds glorious in an indie Americana dreamscape – A-

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