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Going Steady: New Singles 6-25-21 – 7-1-21 Reviewed


Learning Curve – Aitch – The UK grime guy with high hat and great beats singing about the Manchester rapper in pursuit of women – B

Tameless (From “Not the Science Type”) – April Rose Gabrielli – MOR ballad that bangs itself into an anthem on the chorus – B

1990 – A$AP TyY –  The A$AP junior partner bumming about covid – B

Distorted Light – Bastille – The UK electronic rock band has never done it for me before, this is is a beat heavy, electronic as quasi-classical backing with a very catchy sound and a self-controlled vocal so impressive – A-

As Seen on TV (feat. Benny the Butcher) – Beanz – The Rhythm And Flow rapper is on top of the flow part rapping with the Griselda star as she stakes her claim, great horn part as well  – B

Betty Bussit (feat. Soaky Siren & Tank and The Bangas) – Big Freedia – after having the best cover on the Born This Way Re-Imagined, the bounce pioneer’s follow up is a house burning raver of the first order – A-

Thief in the Night – Billie Williams – powerful and soulful, funk and blues workout – B+

Rainbow Connection (with Kermit The Frog) – Barbra Streisand – from the upcoming Release Me 2, where Barbra goes through her vaults for duets and finds this great one – A-

Boyfriend – 10th Anniversary Edition – Best Coast – any excuse to listen to this excellent track – A

Snowbird – Brando’s Lair – Gene MacLellan’s classic is given a perfect take on what becomes timeless just like that – A

How Not To Drown – Robert Smith Remix – CHVRCHES, Robert Smith – everybody claims it sounds like The Cure, but really, does it? – C

At The Top (with Kodak Black & Mustard) – Coi Leray – not there yet but a terrific vocal makes it more than an also ran bragging – B

I Wanna Be a Dog – Colleen Green – singer songwriter pop rock that morphs into a Stoogies listen along – B

Red Light Green Light – DaBaby – pop rapper adds some terrific flute to his badass rumble rap – B+

The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows – Damon Albarn – “I took some of these realtime, extreme elemental experiences of Iceland and then tried to develop more formal pop songs with that as my source,” the pompous plank notes on a ponderous bore – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Rodriguez For A Night – David Crosby – lyric by Donald Fagen and music by Crosby channelling Walter Becker – B

Weak Ends – Doug Tuttle – six years after his last release, here he adds some Americana to his psychedelic stuff – C+

Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran – by the numbers disco pop, like Bruno Mars without the hotpants – C+

Easy Now – Eric Clapton – from the upcoming edition of his fifty year old eponymous debut album, it is sure clear to me why he re-released the lovely track that pointed the way to his master, 461 Ocean Boulevard, of course Clapton is now cancelled and from his pro-Enoch Powell nonsense to his anti-vaxxer nonsense I can see why. But I can’t hear why and if anyone should just be forgiven it must be Clapton at the age of 76 – B+

Formwela 6 [Feat. Corey King] – Esperanza Spalding – the third release is smack in the middle of the first two but with more of Spalding’s bass which can only be good on this experimental jazz track – B+

A Dream With a Baseball Player – Faye Webster – lo fi prettiness – B

Fireflies – Demo – Fleetwood Mac – Stevie Nicks demo take off 1980’s Live – B+

Rain (with Jessie Reyez) – grandson – Jessie has had a quiet year so far so it’s nice to hear from her, grandson is a little boring bedroom pop gone full on dramacore – B

Tear The Club Up – Icewear Vezzo, Future – full on banger with that syruppy Future keeping it real – B

Bye – Jaden – Jaden grows up on this gorgeous little electronic ballad – B

Tragic – Jazmine Sullivan – The follow up to her excellent Heaux Tales, is also a complete winner neo-R&B – B+

No Hook – J.I the Prince of N.Y – trips over the bars with absolute authority on a piece of self-promotion – B+

Peaches (Remix) feat. Ludacris, Usher & Snoop Dogg – Justin Bieber – Bieber’s best song since “Love Yourself”,” the remix begins with Ludacris’s verse, which proves how good the song is, Justin didn’t feel like he had to introduce it – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Holiday – KSI – Twitter thinks it sounds like the Little Mix track, I can’t hear it myself – B+

Love Me Like You Say You Love Me – KYLE – the Cali pop rap great with a somewhat dusty track – B-

dancing in the kitchen – LANY – the pop trio with a catchy slice of summer song – B

Slice Of Life – Liz Cooper – indie singer songwriter’s sweet sound and neat guitars – B

Dance to You – Morly – Morly dropped out for five years with a chronic illness, she returns on  what she calls a sweet exorcism, but is more like a bluesy dream state fugue – B

Sexo Virtual – Rauw Alejandro – energetic Latin Trap – B

Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, Pt. 1 – RZA, DJ Scratch – I love and I miss RZA like this, a masterpiece of Kung Fu channeling – A-

willow – 90’s trend remix – Taylor Swift – her thank you for Evermore breaking records as best selling vinyl release ever, which I am sure comes as a shock to Thriller, I love this energetic take either way – A

Back In Love City – The Vaccines – a fun and rocking return by “Post-Break Up Sex” band – B+

Lipstick – Willow – all power to the punk pop reborn singer – B+

YA -YEИDRY – fine piece of Latin pop plus high hat – B

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