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Going Steady: New Singles 6-30-17 – 7-6-17

Honey Jack – 17 Memphis – Sweet as molasses indie pop tune, like Paramore without the rock gene – B

Two Fux – Adam Lambert – Starts with the bravado of a Queens epic but quietens down into a pleasant pop stroke – B

Blinds – Amine – Smooth as silk if not as smooth as “Caroline,” the Ramone short rap is catchy and upbeat – B

Signs Of Life – Arcade Fire – If Arcade Fire Mach 2 are a funky groove band, this is their generic workout track, the sorta thing born to be a seven inch remix as performed by Tavares. You can dance to it but why bother? – B

Castaway – Brett Eldredge – The man can flat out write great songs, this is a minor masterpiece of gloominess soulfulness – B+

Stay Happy – Broken Social Scene – It starts off very sleepy, fifteen musicians in search of a groove, but they find it in the chorus which is more than the typical wallpaper for the soul – B-

Versace On The Floor (Bruno Mars Vs David Guetta) – Bruno Mars, David Guetta – This is a remix not a re-recording and what that means is that Guetta added beats to the finished work for nothing approaching a rethinking of the track – C+

Darq Liquor – CeeLo, Tone Trump – The sample is OK, the rapping is a bore, the tune is sleepy – C

Movin’ Around – Cyhi The Prynce, Schoolboy Q – Kanye signing (he’s featured on “So Appalled”) Cyhi has one of the best flows around and Q can’t hurt, on this bland product

Everybody Wants To Be Somebody – Damian Marley – Reggae pop and not nearly catchy enough. What is it with Bob’s kids, do none of them what to be doctors or lawyers or sling crack rock?

Fresh Prince – Derek – Christian rap, at least you have the beats on this Future soundalike – C

Liife – Desiigner, Gucci Mane – More trap, will somebody tell Mane to take a vacation? – C

Vacation – Dirty Heads – Sublime sound-alikes all Caribbean flow here – C+

In The Room: Cruisin’ – Gallant, Andra Day – I hope they paid Smokey a ton of money for this one. Of course, it is fabulous. They shoulda just handed the entire thing to Andra – B+

Standing In The Doorway – Hiss Golden Messenger – Former Court And Spark MC Taylor couldn’t stop whining if his life depended on it. Here he sounds like Dylan without the anger or the cleverness but with some of the lyricism – C

Rescue – Hunter Hayes – Yet another song I never want to hear again from Hunter – D

Mi Gente – J Balvin, Willy William – Reggaeton superstar has written a very hooky merengueish banger – B

Halls Of Heaven Live – Jesus Culture, Chris Quilala – American international Christian revivalist youth outreach ministry is all the rage right now, these guys suck at it – D

Lay It On Me – Kasbo, Keiynan Lonsdale – Kid Flash from the TV show meets a Swedish producer for a not terrible summer EDM pop tone – B

Chinatown – Liam Gallagher – The second song off his upcoming album  is a mid-tempo slog – C+

Next – Lil Pimp, Rich The Kid – Baby trap, or maybe Young Future, this is a hooky thing but no “D Rose” – B

Young Black America – Meek Mill, The-Dream – Remember how I wrote two years ago that it is time for rap to gain a social conscious? I take it back – C

Why Not Zero? – Phonte – Alternative rap, very fast and twisty little track and easy on the ears if you’re sick of trap – B

G. O.A.T. – Princess Nokia – According to Noisey, Princess Nokia “She identifies as a bruja and a tomboy, a classic New York Boricua shorty, a feminist, a queer woman.” A bruja is a witch but she’ll need to do a little more than this to prove her point – C+

Glory Of War – Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton – Pretty awful browbeating self-interest – C

Sun Comes Up – Rudimental, James Arthur – Awful London EDM from a band I loved around two years ago – C-

What’s On My Mind – Shiba San – Repetitive deep house, or does that go without saying? Still, nice to hear somebody addicted to the bass – B-

The Way I Love Her – Stanaj – Old school soul song, if it was only a little better – C+

Listen To Your Heart – Starsailor – Painful UK anthem rock without an anthem unless you consider being told to listen to your heart is an anthem – D+

New York – St. Vincent – The hook is awesome, and the song has an internal clock that moves itself flawlessly from one end to the other as it navigates a break up with immense skill. One of her best.  SINGLE OF THE WEEK – B+

Guilty Party- The National – A return to form after an iffy first single off the upcoming newbie, as depressed as an overdose of ambient – B+

You And I – Toro Y Moi – Dreamscape pop, pretty enough but then that’s Chillwave – B-

Drift – Towkio – The Chicago rapper who didn’t break through with Chance and BJ, is probably the best at backing tapes and not bad with a rhyme here – B

Mortuary – Twista, Vic Spencer – Still fast just not as fast and the hook references dying like Chris Farley so I guess it all makes sense in a 90s way – B

911/Mr. Lonely – Tyler is the Steve Earle of rap, he just can’t live up to expectations, this is a drag – C

Who Dat Boy – Tyler The Creator  – This is his best song in years, it reaches back to Goblin as a disturbing self-reflection by his methods of engagement. Makes me wonder about the next album, can he have stopped being a silly kid for awhile? – B

Fuck Ugly God – Ugly God – Drugged up cough syrup come to life as a song – B

Good Nights – Whethan, Mascolo –  Catchy DJ pop song from Chicago – B

Don’t Delete The Kisses – Wolf Alice – Sounds like  early Arcade Fire if Arcade Fire were a UK indie rock band – B+


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