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Going Steady: New Singles 6-24-22 – 6-30-22 Reviewed

In Disguise (feat. Bakar) – Aitch – Aitch is building to what should be a great album and Bakar follows up a fine new single with a feature – B+

Mala (feat. Fireboy DML) – English Version – Adelén – the Spanish Norwegian singer in an English language translation popper – B+

BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé, Jason White – Bey’s best work since 2016 has steadily improved over the week and now stands as a major soul explosion plus… Big Freedia is excellent as well and a good use of a fine sample – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

PRICE OF FAME – Brent Faiyaz – a downbeat soultrack with a trick in the middle – B

Madda Badda – Buju Banton -somewhere between 1995 – 1997 Buju was poised to be the greatest reggae performer since Bob Marley, Buju’s voice was a roiling, deep basson but it worked. It didn’t happen and this is a better than average dancehall dream – B+

Left and Right (Feat. Jung Kook of BTS) – Charlie Puth – Puth at his best with a wonderful electronic dreaminess and the hook of hooks, Kook, on his first BTS hiatus song, makes sense of a situation – A-

Je te vois enfin – Christine and the Queens – my French is so rusty I translated it to I’ve seen enough (the enfin threw me off) when it is actually I Finally See You… and why not? An electronic art popper en Francais – B-

SHOWING OFF HER BODY (with Davido) – DaBaby – the thing about pop is that if it isn’t popular it fails and DaBaby isn’t popular anymore so despite a fluid and articulare rap, it’s not hitting us right – C+

Talk About Me (feat. Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry & JID) – Dot Da Genius – Dot is a producer who has worked extensively with Kid Cudi and he moves into his own name with a well delivered little rap track with three major features – B-

Breakfast – Dove Cameron – nice one from the singer actress (she was in “The Descendants” not to mention “Schmigadoon!”) who was in the London production of “The Light At The End Of The Piazza” which means you can really sing and really sell the hook: “I eat boys like you for breakfast” – A-

Honky Tonk Disco Nights – Elle King, Nile Rodgers – Elle brings the Honky Tonk and Nile brings the disco on a straight up winner mix of genre fuse your ass to the dancefloor – B+

From The D 2 The LBC (with Snoop Dogg) – Eminem – co-written by the duo, Eminem is as mouthy and dexterous as ever and Snoop is Snoop and better than anything on his new album – B+

Cracker Island (feat. Thundercat) – Gorillaz – Damon is too poncey for my taste but credit where due, when he gets it right he gets it right, and with the help of an ace bassist he gets it right on this art-dance song – B

Perm Act – Osees – pretty good garage dance rocker – B

Patient Number 9 (feat. Jeff Beck) – Ozzy Osbourne – by the numbers, overblown, metal, Beck sounds like Beck and the guitar is thunderous – B-

You’re Free – Icona Pop, Ultra Naté – always a pleasure to hear from the disco due and here they ride not just the pffft but a trembly bass – B-

Sharks – Imagine Dragons – a thudder snooze, sounds like Maroon 5 – B

I’m Special (feat. Burna Boy) – Killa Croc – The Marvel villain with some fresher than fresh beats courtesy Burna Boy – B-

Fino – Llane, Danny Ocean – Colombian boy band leader goes solo with an assist from Danny Ocean – B-

Late To Da Party (feat. Youngboy Never Broke Again) – Lil Nas X – a “Fuck BET” opening chant while Lil Nas X pisses all over his 2020 award for best new artist and condemning the network for what he considered homophobia. Nas added: “NBA YOUNGBOY is on house arrest. trapped on the isolated planet HATU. The brutal empire of Terror (BET) has betrayed LIL NAS X, turning their back on him after using him for clout. With the music industry in turmoil, the galaxy is looking for a new hero. NAS must use the ancient power of VIDEO EDITING to free YB and defeat the evil BET before time runs out…” Then he lives up to it with a trap delight Nas X style, rapping line to line with YB and turning his vitriol full blast on “BET”… – A-

BARELY WOKE – Moor Mother, Wolf Weston – way out there, electronic mood and deep bass and drums mover plus spoken word – B

Carolina – From The Motion Picture “Where The Crawdads Sing” – Taylor Swift – remember Taylor on Red? she complained to a guy that her music was never as cool as the indie bands he liked? Well, with this wrought song with the unbelievable tedious Aaron Dessner on hand (not a match on her much earlier and superior “Safe And Sound”) she has become that indie band and the moral is be careful of what you wish for – C+

I’m Starting A New Life Today – T-Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Keefus Ciancia – a native American type tribal vibe track – C

(maybe) it’s my fault – WILLOW – when your parents are famous movie stars you have the ability to go where your muse takes you, this weird garage rocker does exactly that – B

Run (feat. Tyga, 21 Savage & BIA) – YG – a who’s who on the Cali rapper trap track – 21 Savage should consider the time ripe for a new album – B

Out In The Middle – Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton – good ol boys getting older – C

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