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Going Steady: New Singles 5-7-21 – 5-13-21 reviewed



Xcxoplex (with Charli XCX) – A. G. Cook – patron saint of hyperpop Charli jumps on head of the UK record label PC Music A.G.’s new slice of hyperpop, and one on the cusp of crossover, a catchy, electronic weirdness – B

Me Without You – Ashe –  strings and classic pop orchestrations with a rip of Blur’s “Girls & Boys” on the verses – B

All I Want (feat. Jake Shears) – Extended Mix –  Boys Noize – German DJ Boys Noize is a personal favorite, a house giant, Jake Shears is the former Scissor Sister, and while he remains deep in the mix presence he still adds something sturdy and sexy to the house mix – B+

Shit Don’t Feel Right (feat. Buddy) – Buddy, Godfather of Harlem – GOH is that EPIX series starring Forest Whitaker, the track takes a hook and Buddy rides it to the end – B

Higher Power – Coldplay – after 2019’s disastrous Everyday Life, Coldplay had to do something so they did what any band with huge pockets, they enlisted Max Martin and Max puts a clean, tugging sheen with electronic disco and beats, and every hook he can imagine, mostly verbal, on what should be a big hit… if it ain’t? chris Martin call home – B+

Holy Holy – 2020 Mix – David Bowie – I don’t get it, if they want to remix Bowie why this 1970 shrug? – C+

Get Together – David Guetta – The master DJ who, alon with Avicii and Calvin Harris, invented modern EDM in 2010, returns with a soulful burst of dance for the dancefloor and for the nightclub on this sweaty story of a one night sand – B

I Am The Shaman – Donovan, David Lynch – acoustic plus effects goth folk from mellow black and white with an ad for TM at the end of the video – C+

What You Need – Don Toliver – Travis Scott find (Don is on Astroworld) with a dreamy, r&b soul track – B

ISN’T EVERYONE – HEALTH, Nine Inch Nails – industrial rock, thundering bass, business as usual – C+

Lay Wit Ya (feat. Duke Deuce) – Isaiah Rashad – TDE and Tennessee? The depressive, woozy, whispered and distant rapper is excellent on this return – B+

Lost – Jake Bugg – odd UK rock with strings from the former wunderkind – C

7 de Mayo – J Balvin – On the heels (actually in) his fascinating new documentary on Amazon, Balvin has a certain level of maturity and also humanity that makes this brooding reggaeton bummer track all the better – B+

interlude – J Cole – the best rap lyric I’ve heard all year, Cole is at the top of his form in this all too clever snapshot of black America (is that Etta James being sampled?) and includes the most evocative and scary couplet you’ll hear:
“Тhіѕ ѕоuthеrn hеаt mаkе unbеаrаblе ѕummеrѕ
Јuѕt lаѕt wееk, ѕееn уоur mаmа wеер
Сrуіng ’саuѕе ѕhе dоn’t wаnnа burу уоur brоthеr
Тhе blооd lеаkѕ whіlе thе ЕМТѕ
Gоttа саrrу hеr bаbу lіkе ѕurrоgаtе mоthеrѕ”

and Cole gets his answer to Noname, a year late but… SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Thumbin – Kash Doll – Thumbin? That’s how you count dollars on this brash, funny, bar skipping goodie – B+

hollywood sucks// – KennyHoopla, Travis Barker – when did Blink 182 become the harbinger of rock for teens yet to come? Every other song has Travis producing in order to get that scrappy, sassy emo punk pop feel, and seldom as good as this one – B+

Woman – Little Simz, Cleo Sol – in which the English rapper celebrates her gender on a lovely piece of female empowerment – B

Animal – Lump – Lump is Laura marling’s new band performing electronic synth pop against beats. Why? There you’ve got me – C-

I Only Love You When I’m Sad – Lillian Hepler – social influencer and popster with a clever singer songwriter trope – B

Never Left – Lil Tecca – The member of Internet Money rapper singer has had a successful solo career and it is easy to hear why on this rap pop mix – B

Purge The Poison (feat Pussy Riot) – Marina – an inspired meeting giving both artists their best song in years and a wondrous pop wall of sound electronics and bubble rock – B+

Astronaut In The Ocean (Remix) – feat. G-Eazy & DDG – Masked wolf – The surprise hit returns with G-Eazy and one of his better raps recently

We Are Between – Modest Mouse – This has the ringing guitars of indie rock and sticks to your shoes like gum – B+

Run – OneRepublic – Run? And start running with the whistling hook and never turn round – MUST TO AVOID – D

Satanic Planet – Satanic Planet, Eric Livingston – Lucien Greaves is the most famous satanist in the world today, and on this featured busting track he mixes screamo with industrial rock and electronica simply to prove the devil doesn’t have the best songs – C-

Tiempo – Ozuna – a smashing piece of reggaeton from an expert – B

All I Know So Far – P!nk – the lead song off her upcoming documentary, shouldn’t she be swinging from a trapeze or interfering with her daughter or something – B-

SMALL TALK – Russ – he never made it quite as big as I thought he would, the guy can definitely rap and has an ear for the teen market and uses both here – B+

Fast (Motion) – Saweetie – did you know MC Hammer is her Uncle! This is hip hop pop, catchy and fluid – B

Worry with You – Sleater-Kinney – …and then there were two, but this is no No Cities – B-

Going Down South – The Black Keys – R. L. Burnside cover, the guitar solo is OK but the sound is a little tinny – C+

Back to Nothing – The Joy Formidable – The Welsh band sound bigger than usual with walls of guitar and a tuneful track – B

Shop (feat daBaby) – Toosii – with a dancehall undertow and DaBaby’s gruff beauty, a keeper – B

Miss The Rage (feat. Playboi Carti) – Trippie Redd – Trippie has bummed me out ever since he stunk up Travis’s Astroworld concert and got kicked off the tour. Which means he is a studio creation, and never more so than on this world of sound gunshot boots and winding, electronic walls of sound – B+

Hello Baby feat. Fivio Foreign – Young M.A – Young M.A. is my fave alt rapper around, she is different than the Megan Thee Stallions and cardi Bs, Young M.A. is a strong voiced rhymer with a way with words and she holds her own with the new face of New York Drill – B+

Lift Our Spirits, Raise Our Voice – Ziggy Marley – why do I keep on thinking Ziggy is a kid? This is some Rasta Reggae blistering – B

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