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Going Steady: New Singles 6-18-21 – 6-24-21 Reviewed



TOGETHER – Alesso – starts like trance before moving into deep house and back to trance by an excellent DJ – B

Yakjehti Mein – Ali Sethi, Nicolas Jaar – reminds me of Nusrat Ali Khan without the incredible vocals, the Pakistani songwriter is tapping into a contemporary vision of traditional Pakistani music – B+

thought i saw u in the shop last nite – all cats are beautiful – low key, electronic bedroom pop, good lyricist – B

Don’t Hit My Line – Aluna, Tekno – electronic pop but she is merely good without George – B-

The Fall into Time – At The Gates – three years after their last album, the death metalers from Sweden have incredible performances and one of the better bowels of hell singers – B

birth by sleep – boyband – soulful prettiness – B

Good Day – Live From Europe – Brett Eldredge – live take on a song from last year’s Sunday Drive – C+

Baby Don’t You Go Go – CeeLo Green, Rare Essence – The rapist dwarf who if you’re gonna cancel anyone start with this guy, with a first rate take on the gone but not forgotten sound of Go Go – B+

Love Don’t Live Here – Chief Keef – Chicago drill heavy on the high hat – B

Diri – Chucky73 – where drill meets Latin Trap with flow to die from, via the boogie down Bronx – B

Ball If I Want To – DaBaby – DaBaby may well be the most addictive rapper in the business, and this is another straightforward rap pop track – B+

Thank You – Diana Ross – if Diana Ross is saying goodbye with “Thank You” she is doing so with a lovely 80s style disco – A-

Shmurda Talk (feat. Rowdy Rebel) – Doe Boy, Rowdy Rebel – just before his drop of the Drake collab, here is Doe Boy  before it hits with a piece of OG – B

CAN THEY HEAR US (From ‘Gully’ with original Daniel Heath Score) – Dua Lipa – neo-r&b as opposed to EDM, nice horns – C+

Formwela 5 [Feat. Corey King] – Esperanza Spalding – art jazz, ambient weirdness, stick with 4 – C+

Headshots (4r Da Locals)- Isaiah Rashad – like a soulman early Kid Cudi with great flow, here he takes a fresh beat and distracts it soulfully – B

Here I Am (Singing My Way Home) – Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer channeling Aretha for the new biopic, oversings and overwroughts, I bet co-writer Carole King wrote the hook not the bridge, and man does Jenny over sing it – C+

Never Switchin Sides (feat. Hotboii) – JGreen – JGreen has been hitting us with bangers all year long and this is a trap pop emo rap – B

Oleo – John Coltrane, Miles Davis Quintet – The Sonny Rollins jazz standard hot bop given a cool, improvised take (off the upcoming Another Side Of John Coltrane) – A-

Remember This – Jonas Brother – the brothers at their boyband soulful disco best – B+

Black Queer Anthem – Lazarus Lynch – first rate, deep beats, techno driven greatness by the Southern chef that takes what Lil Nas X performs as gay pop and bangs it in your ears – A-

Why Don’t You Touch Me – Leon Bridges – MOR soul dog with fleas –  – D+

Intro – Logic – word from New York Times is that musicians are flocking to Twitch because at Twitch listeners can tip and there is more $ to be made, Logic beat em to it and is signed to an exclusive deal with the platform. This is the most current result and his rapping is on point – B

Let Them Know – Mabel – techno with disco at its heart and a great hook, the “his name is none of your business” – B+

The Sun Hasn’t Left – Modest Mouse – the third single from the soon come new album is a summer breeze winner – B+

Build It Better – Natalie Imbruglia – the return of the 90s star with a pleasant r&b beat, disco track – C+

The Rose Song – From “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)” – Olivia Rodrigo – written by Olivia herself, this isn’t the follow up to Sour, but it is a stepping stone to where she was going and sounds more Taylor in acoustic mode than anything on her debut album – C+

Born This Way – The Country Road Version – Orville Peck – the third song off the upcoming re-imagined Gaga album of the same name is the best of the three and the other two are great as well. The gay cowboy who never shows his face uses his booming voice for all out credibility and enjoins the gay community with the little monsters  (with whom there is a clear overlap), and Orville sings it to a standstill and sells the right track with smartness and ease – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

I Got to Go – Regina Bonelli – has it really been three years since the proto-feminist, cultural break through and royalty crowning Queen Of New York Blues Regina Bonelli’s “Don’t Put Your Hands On Me” from the album Love Letter (still on the blues charts by the way)? Her return to recording is represented by the sort of rock and blues you don’t hear much anymore, on “I Got To Go” her singing is impeccable and the True Groove Allstars are leaning hard on the guitar (there is even a Muddy Waters style guitar solo) and Regina uses the song to discuss money and the hardship of making it in urban New York, the toughness of Regina’s vocals leaves little doubt that any movement is better than waiting – A

Straight From The Heart (feat. Nørskov) – Rudimental – hard beats from the UK dance band that has been underachieving for years – C+

Disarming Time: A Modern Piano Concerto – Serj Tankian – System Of A Down’s leader with gothy, choir-y, 24 minute instrumental – B

working – Tate McRae, Khalid – Khalid can sing anything and carries his verse and backing with aplomb, Tate is even younger than Olivia Rodrigo (she’ll be eighteen on July 1st) but she is much more ordinary as “wristband” seems more and more like a fluke – B-

Dustland (feat. Bruce Springsteen) – The Killers – in which Brandon pens an ode to his parents while casually dubbing them white trash, and Bruce scowls a lot – MUST TO AVOID – D-

Hug From a Dinosaur – TORRES – Torres is nearing that place in her career where she is a song away from breaking pop… I wish it was this one – A-

A Spoonful of Cinnamon – Travie McCoy – The Gym Class Heroes leader got caught in a drug spiral and crashed his career, returning with his first song in six years, it is a rap rock ballad mix and a winner – B+

LUMBERJACK – Tyler, The Creator – his voice sounds like something out of Goblin and the song is here and gone very quickly – B

LAW OF AVERAGES – Vince Staples – he will never top “Norf Norf” but this is pretty okay Staples being Staples – B

Angles (feat. Chris Brown) – Wale – Wale offers a strong rap and there is a reason why he never got cancelled after beating up Rihanna, he can turn any song into an r&b classic – B+

Nothing To Me – Young Dolph – PaperRoute, Woo SNUPE BANDZ – nothing special hook monsters – C+

Jackie – Yves Tumor – this is art rock? Sounds mainstream rock with heavier drums… – B+

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