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Going Steady: New Singles 6-19-20 – 6-25-20 Reviewed


After a month of 20 to 30 singles to review, here we are with a whopping 70 -no, not close to the 90 I got from time to time time, but still impressive. Also, I actually have two songs of the week H.E.R. and Beyonce and I went with Beyonce out of relief that she didn’t make an ass of herself. nails it. But… Noname is absolute genius in 66 seconds… Ugh

Hollup (feat. Moneybagg Yo, Tay Keith) – 3ohBlack, Moneybagg Yo, Tay Keith – Moneybagg – pop rap (t is one long earworm) and Moneybagg Yo’s verse is ace – B

TROLLZ (with Nicki Minaj) – 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj – so now we know, 6ix9ine has a unique blast of a sound, somewhere between teen jerk and adult jerk, but it was bound to get old and “TROLLZ” got old and Nicki needs to stop slumming and regain her crown – C+

Perfect Way To Die – Alicia Keys – Keys sings a sparse radio ballad from a mother to her son dead by gun violence, but not as bad as that sounds and with an actual tune… I’m shocked as well – B-

Not Your Man – All We Are – Liverpool indie poppers who call themselves the Bee Gees on Diazapan (the alcohol withdrawal drug) but they don’t pay off the great line – C+

My People – Amber Mark – the neo-r&b woman cum singer songwriter’s cover of “Heart Shaped Box” is a blueprint, this is an African World music variant – B-

Lockdown – Anderson .Paak – Prime Paak, the drumming holds it and then shakes it – B+

Dream Girl (Home Made) – Anna of the North – the demo of the title track off last year’s album and it is a skeletal  piano take, it is lovely though the finished product was better – B

BlacKKK Baby – Anoyd – the blame it on Jay-Z rapper has a strong outing sung to his baby – B

Mequetrefe – Arca -sometimes her artiness gets in the way of her pop chops, here we have a mix of pop, tech, and EDM of the first order – B+

Never Gonna Break My Faith (feat. The Boys Choir of Harlem) – Aretha Franklin, The Boys Choir Of Harlem – written by (eh?) Bryan Adams, it is re-released as a full blown Gospel workout – B+

Moral of the Story (feat. Niall Horan) – Ashe, Niall Horan –  already a Tik Tok hit, Ashe adds Niall and pushes it back up the charts – B

Cry (feat. Grimes) – Ashnikko, Grimes – soulful  neo-pop – B

Take Me Away – Ayron Jones – if Gary Clark had the chops you think he has he might sound like this – B+

BLACK PARADE – Beyoncé – “”All chrome, Black-owned,” nicely put on one of Beyonce’s best songs, a Juneteenth join together from the Texan with a cast of thousands writing and recording the strong tech beat promised soul shout out to celebration – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

What You Want – Blinkie – a catchy hook is repeated while the beats evolve – B

What You Do – Blinkie – pure house – B

First Mission – Blueface – The “Thotiana” rapper uses a nice bass hook but doesn’t hit gold again – C+

Freezing – Bren Joy – the young soul guy goes for 80s style r&b – B

My Resolve – Bruce Hornsby, James Mercer -two bores are boring Americana bore, come back Grateful Dead all is forgiven – C

Dangerous – Cameron Dallas – young white R&B – B-

People Are Watching – Cee Lo Green – I loved it on the first spin, on the third less so but it is still a well written slice of pop soul – B-

Same Prayer – Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid – strong Chronixx, more listener friendly that he has been banging out the past two years – B

Jobs – City Girls – not bad, but now they are out of prison they’ve lost something – B-

Temporary – Dream Wife – the non-binary band has a sweet mode with analog sounding instrumentation but a dream pop sound – B

Give Me 6 – E-40 – as in six feet distance with the Bay Area rapper’s unique voice tripping through bars with ease – B

Need You – Emanuel – slow drop r&b – C

Move Like a Boss (feat. Young M.A) – Fivio Foreign, Young M.A – Fivio is the voice of New York drill with Pop Smoke dead, Young M.A.’s sophomore album dropped early this year and she is as tough as nails here – B+

Like That Bitch – Flo Milli – no “My Attitude” – C

Mister Holland – Gregory Porter – jazz pop beauty where Porter takes on miscegenation  – B

Still Remember (feat. Pooh Shiesty) – Gucci Mane, Pooh Shiesty – Gucci remains one of the best rappers in the business over a dark sample, Shiesty is impressive – B

Christopher Dorner – Ho99o9 – more punkcore than alt hip hop here on a face melting banger -B

Pray or Prey – Ho99o9 – dirge rock hip hop – B-

Snow On Tha Bluff – J. Cole – in which J Cole whines that he is being disrespected and names NoName, which is the definition of missing the point – B-

The Power of Your Name – Jon Reddick, Matt Redman – In the name of all things Holy, please just stop, why do Christians mistake love for grovelling?  – D

Jets Overhead – Kansas – a keyboard prog workout – C-

Bouncin – KYLE – Hi “!Spy” hit the half a trillion mark, this is alright but not half a trillion alright – C+

I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R. – H.E.R. points the finger at while America, I mean even the good white liberal America – B+

Awake My Soul (With Tasha Cobbs Leonard) – Hillsong Worship, Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Why does all Hillsong songs ascend and descend the same way? They all sound like tenth tier U2 and they are all just plain terrible – D

Other Side Of The Pillow – Maceo Parker – Jazz song with a sweet sax by Maceo – B-

Stop the Bleeding – Machine Head, Jesse Leach – no fucking about riff laden BLM track – B+

Heatwave (feat. 6LACK) – Acoustic – Mereba, 6LACK – LA soul woman signs up 6lack for as good as it gets chill r&b sweetness – B+

Guardian Well – Switched On – Mikal Cronin – Ty Segall bassist’s first solo effort in years is a modified indie Americana bore – C

Cheewawa – Mike Polizze – Purling Hiss lead singer’s 2010s style singer songwriter song, nice to here those clanging guitars – B-

Belle Pénitence – Mina Tindle – more like post-Tropicália on this hybrid sound mixing the Portuguese pop from the 60s with French pop from today with a sound unlike her St. Vincent influences, I mean really unlike – B

Count A Million (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – NoCap, Lil Uzi Vert – No Cap has rolled out four albums in two years and here all the autotune in the world is helped by Lil Uzi Vert -who is having a great year – B+

Nothing Will Hurt – No Joy – trance sounding industrial pop (yeah, but what else is it?) – B

Song 33 – Noname – with all that’s going on, Noname responds to J Cole’s “Snow On Tha Bluff,”  and slaps him down to size while standing up for women against everybody, including black men, and the transgendered from literally everywhere. As for Cole? “This a new vanguard, this a new vanguard, I’m the new vanguard” – A

Mi Niña – Ozuna -reggaeton with an accent on salsa, pleasant and catchy – B

Not Alright – Pink Sweat$ – He is from Philly but sounds like a YOLO producer – B

Choose Life – POORSTACY, Travis Barker -mix of indie rock guitar and hip hop, with a smack of emo – B-

State Of The Union (STFU) – Main – Public Enemy – Chuck D and Flava Flav back together on a PE joint that is exactly, I mean EXACTLY, what you think it is – B

ACAB – Push Push, Pussy Riot – a meeting of rap and art damaged agitproppers for sure, with a high pitched thump to it – C+

Sin Aire – Rafa Pabön – Latino Urbano with a strong rap – B

Secrets – Regard, RAYE – old school soul track with a metronome keeping time – B

Ginger Me – Rema – African pop from Nigeria, very sweet and way cool with the hint of reggae – B

Good Love – Shy Carter – top songwriter gets his own way with a song Ryan Tedder would like to call his own – C-

Right Or Wrong (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – Shy Glizzy, Lil Uzi Vert – sweet sounding song about a break-up, Uzi is great – B

Peradam – Soundwalk Collective, Patti Smith, Anoushka Shankar, Tenzin Choegyal, Charlotte Gainsbourg – The most pretentious song I’ve ever heard, it makes my skin itch with its midway poetry – MUST TO AVOID – D

Tap In – Saweetie – You may remember her from “Icy Girl,” in which case you know she can rhyme with striking ease and knows a verbal hook when she writes it – B

Times Like These – (Acoustic Version) – Steve Earle – beautiful song written at the start of the Trump residency in which Steve remembers the times of protest in America’s past and finds hope. I wonder how that’s working out – B

Reality Check – Swae Lee – the hip hop heartthrob  of Rae Sremmurd who has done pretty well solo with a terrible piece of sing song rap – C-

Glory / Stranger – The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Derek Minor, Shannon Sanders – Gospel, not CCM, with a rap taking over – B

My Own Soul’s Warning – The Killers –  abysmal anthem rock Americana – d+

Epistrophy – Live – Thelonious Monk – “In the autumn of 1968, a then 16-year-old Danny Scher set his sights on bringing Thelonious Monk and his quartet to play a benefit concert at his high school in Palo Alto, California, to help work towards racial unity in his community” -it isn’t 1957 but it sure ain’t bad – A-

Count Me In – THEY. – 90s style r&b – B-

Lucky – Tiana Major9 – London soul singer with a slice of pure ear candy, catchy and easy on the ears – B

Marching on Ferguson – Tom Morello – blues protest tedium – C

Too Big for the Glory Hole – TORRES – not an outtake but recorded a coupla months after Torres excellent album Silver Tongue is sparse and sad – B

Dreamer – Trippie Redd – Trippie Redd is, along with Smokepurpp, the worst live act I’ve seen in the past five years, but in the lab he has his moments, this is an autotune echoe-y emorap track and not JUICE WRLD but not bad  – B

VACATION – Tyga – I’m not crazy about Tyga, there is something off about him,  this is a catchy daydream – C+

California (from Songland) (feat. Tyga) – Usher, Tyga – Has Songland managed even one hit yet? Nothing much r&b from a hasbeen and a never was – C-

Experience – Victoria Monét, Khalid, SG Lewis – the queer woman of color can craft a song and does it here, and even though it is prefab Khalid sounds great and they co,me together on a song that would be better if it was better.

Yellow Flag – Young Chris, Wale – trading verses on a remembrance of growing up on the streets -the rapping by both guys is exemplary – B

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