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Going Steady: New Singles 6-11-21 – 6-17-21 Reviewed

 

Oliver Twist – ArrDee – after a drill hit with Tion & Russ, the Brighton (England) newbie rhyming with pissed (drunk), wrist, and the legendary Oliver Twist Dickens request for more, and excellent flow as drill UK – B

EveryTime I Cry – Ava Max not unlike Marina, Ava started as a wildly funny and different EDM woman, and now she sounds like everybody on this disco monster – B-

Sink – Benny The Butcher, Harry Fraud – the Black Soprano Griselda performers with a boom bat 90s style… over and over again – B-

How Dare You Want More – Bleachers – I am as sick of Jack Antonoff as I’ve ever been, but there is no denying Lorde’s “Solar Power” and less denying the second good song from his upcoming album,  a jazzy, horns powered rave up, off his upcoming album, only marred by the shitty Springsteen duet – B

Blouse – Clairo – drear, acoustic bore with, who? Jack Antonoff producing again… I wonder why Phoebe Bridgers missed the session – C

Vicenta – Buena Vista Social Club – getting ready for the 25th year anniversary, here is a gorgeous flamenco flecked Cuban pop track outtake – B+

Father Time – Chris DeMakes – former Less Than Jake with a slice of pop punk heaven catchiness – B+

What You Say – Cold War Kids – blue eyed soul throws everything at the handclapping, guitar rocking anthem – C+

Napoleona – Deorro, Elvis Crespo,IAmChino – DJ Deorra drops the bass on a Latin beats track starring one of Merengue’s biggest stars, Elvis (until he got himself nearly cancelled for picking up a teenage girl on a flight) – B

Need To Know – Doja Cat – one of her less interesting attempts to change the face of EDM, and, hold on a second, that is Dr. Luke producing – B-

Fast Lane – Don Toliver, Latto, Lil Durk – Travis Scott buddy (he’s on Astroworld) with an electronic dance rap – B-

Great Mass of Color – Deafheaven – the chorus is a big anthem, the verses a disquieted Americana – B-

Formwela 4 [Feat. Corey King] – Esperanza Spalding – the American jazz singer and bassist near the top of her immense powers on this gorgeous and low key track, the arpeggiated guitar is just behind her and Spalding’s vocals are a well timed timelessness – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Run Of The Mill – Session Outtakes And Jams / Take 36 – George Harrison – speeded up outtake on a song that i one of the best on All Things Must Past – “everyone has choice when to or not to raise their voices: it’s you that decides” is both cliche and aphorism – A

Like 34 & 8 (feat. Pooh Shiesty) – Gucci Mane – Shiesty is back in jail, Gucci is past his prime and behind the times but one of the top rappers of all time, he all but invented Atlanta Trap, is in strong voice on this well rapped track…. Mike WiLL Made-It co-produced so you gotta think – B+

We Made It – H.E.R. – her year was the last one and not this one, and having said that, her latest “We Made It” is an electronic neo-r&b stroke and that “weeeee” is a great hook – B+

Pool Hopping – illuminati hotties – Sarah doesn’t have quite the overwhelmed fun of the band’s “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA,” but it is as good a summer song as you’d want to hear – B+

OTRO FILI – J Balvin, Jay Wheeler – Balvin’s second single off the upcoming album is a Latin-trap beauty with both voices as sweet as can be but Balvin with an edge to him – B+

I Want Love – Jessie J -big bang 80s disco synth with the dreaded Ryan Tedder all over the sucker – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Like – Joan Armatrading – good love song, with nice beats pushing her – B

Dating My Dad (feat. Travis Barker) – K.Flay – no, not incest, on pop punk with the the punk Jack Antonoff or the electronic Ryan Tedder… – C+

I Quit Drinking – Kelsea Ballerini, LANY – country bland out duet… start drink – C

Feeling Peachy – Kodak Black – off his new EP, a very hooky yet mood based song – B

Marry The Night – Kylie Minogue – the lead off song from the upcoming re-imagination of Born This Way is disco to Gaga’s original EDM and is a perfect complement… which, following Big Freedia, makes us two for two – B+

I Don’t Mind – Lindsey Buckingham – so he got fired from the band, had a heart attack, got divorced, and returns with a very Mac-y new single – B

Solar Power – Lorde – her good vibes summer song – B+

Misery – Los Lobos – pretty good cover from their upcoming odes to Cali – B

Suck Teeth – L’Rain – post punk artiness…

830 – Marla Mase – the return of Mase, celebrating the Spring – A-

Thot Shit – Megan Thee Stallion – The Texan titan is one of the best rappers around though she tends to jump off the deep end, like here – B

Worth It for the Feeling – Rebecca Black – electronic,  soul track ten years after “Friday” – B-

Qué Rico Fuera – Ricky Martin, Paloma Mami – catchy old school reggaeton with Spanish beats and the Latin pop great leading – B

Just For Me (with SZA) – Space Jam: A New Legacy – SAINt JHNSZA – autotuned till we get SZA to join in around the halfway mark – B

Supersonic (My Existence) [with Noisia, josh pan & Dylan Brady] – Skrillex – electronic ambient which should have been a lot harder – C+

Jazz on the Autobahn – The Felice Brothers – one of their better  scenes of Americana be bop spoken word weirdness like a straightlaced Lou Reed – B-

Voodoo Magic – The Front Bottoms – a goodie from the usually same ol duo indie rock pop  – B+

Cloudy Day – Tones And I – she deserves this pop song to hit big time, I prefer it to “Dance Monkey” – B

Rebel Love – UB40, Inner Circle – two top reggae bands, rasta pop vibrations abound, and even some toasting – B+

Cody’s Only – Wednesday – the “Handsome Man” North Carolina pop rockers with a shoegaze, melodic goodie – B+

Baddest – Yung Bleu, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown – excellent, autotune, Chris Brown stealing r&b hip hop track  and a top new rapper-singer in Yung Bleu who should break huge with this winer – B+

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