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Going Steady: New Singles 6-8-18 – 6-14-18

Midsummer Madness – 88rising, Joji, Rich Brian, AUGUST 08, Higher Brothers- The Asian rap collective ride Joji’s tuneful hook and Rich Brian’s genius lead vocal in an entirely winning enterprise – A-

How U So Badmind – Beenie Man – Dancehall King with a goodie – B+

Warning – Bugzy Malone – From the home of Graham Nash and Johnny Marr, the new kid on the block grime star spits with ace precision on top of a very dramatic sample – B

One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – Jauz Remix – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Jauz – “One Kiss” is one of the best singles of the year )it’s been at the top of the UK charts for more than a month), Jauz enhances the bass and changes it into a banger, better for clubs but not as good as the real thing unless you’re in the club.

Liberated – DeJ Loaf, Leon Bridges – “This is for the girls who need no make up when they wake up” claims Dej on this first class little anthem of love in all its aspects of, Leon sounds great – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Anthem (We Love House Music) – Don Diablo – Exactly what it says it is, though it delays gratification for a touch too long – B

A Body in the World – Deptford Goth – Neither Deptford nor Goth, this is UK electro pop, is soft and yet malleable melody based dreamy stuff – B-

Someone Else’s Heart – Elvis Costello – Elvis produced the Squeeze original and this electronic version of the classic was a Record Day Release, ” Elvis Costello) teamed up with ?uestlove, Kirk Douglas, Owen Biddle, Ray Angry, and Frank Knuckle, recorded in 2011 and marked the first time that Elvis and ?uestlove collaborated, igniting the spark that led to 2013’s Wise Up Ghost.” – B+

Sorcererz – Gorillaz – I haven’t been crazy about Gorillaz’s mix and match urban nodded pop songs really ever,  but this Damon lead synth track is very good, it fizzes and op quietly but determinedly – B+

RAMPAGE – GRAVEDGR- This guy claims he was a gravedigger when he worked with his dad at the age of 15, now he is all chainsaw electro wildness: “Bitch I’m on a rampage, match on my damn face” – B+

Just Jesus – Hillsong Young & Free – The CCM congregation are moving away from U2 Jesushead anthems, to electronic popscape Jesushead songs. Guess which is better? – B

The Rover – Interpol – “Maybe it’s time, you can’t stick to the highways, it’s suicide,” sings Paul Banks on this typical yet untypically great beats and guitar brooder – B+

Don’t Miss It – James Blake – This is light years ahead of his peers, a haunting stumbling electronic plus piano masterwork – A-

The Assassin – Bonus Track – Jason Isbell – 2007 outtake country-folk story song – B-

Whisper – Bonus Track – Jason Isbell – Same vintage, bluesy country bore – C

The Light – Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign – I have a friend who believes Jeremih is big time, I’ve always considered him a good voice for a chorus on a hip hop song, but his current EP is very good and so is this R&b single – B+

The Bloodiest – Jay Rock – He was a little disappointing last week and while his rapping is ace, I’m not sold on this self-portrait – C+

Untitled Original 11383 – John Coltrane – Holy Grail original composition six months before A Love Supreme –  A

Addicted To Ballin’ (feat. ScHoolboy Q) – Kamaiyah, ScHoolboy Q – Kamaiyah is overwhelmed by the hook on this strong but ultimately Schoolboy Q song – B

Lose It – Kane Brown – Generic country rocker – C+

Summer Fever – Little Big Town – Sounds very Taylor Swift-y mid-period yet not, with an instant nostalgia factor – B

Tell Me – Marshmello – Trance like instrumental, really quite good – B

Lovesick Blues – Mason Ramsey – Man, it’s like being attacked by a munchkin – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Stay The Same – Mayday Parade – Pretty horrible rocker – C

Bullets – NEEDTOBREATHE – The lead singer has a good voice, the lick is masterful, but the song is iffy – C+

Mary Don’t You Weep – Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version – Prince – I completely get why Robyn, why so many other great musicians, worshipped Prince but me? I went through his entire catalog last year and there are moments that just don’t make it. Like this – C

Bring It Back – Rich The Kid – The purest Atlanta trap song I’ve heard all year – B+

Beautiful Lift – Rick Astley – MOR rocker by the aging boy bore – C-

Clandestino – Shakira, Maluma – Salsa is getting old (I mean, physically, the performers are really getting their) but SHakira is smart enough to hook up Reggaeton star Maluma on this pleasant slice of reggaeton dueting – B

Karma – Sky, J Balvin, Ozuna – We know Balvun and Ozuna but Sky is a new… He is producer Sky Rompiendo El Bajo,  the man behind a lot of Balvin hits, and this is Latin Trap pop – B

Fast Slow Disco – St. Vincent – A not unpleasant reworking of “Slow Disco,” obviously speeded up plus the strings substituted for beats – B

Solara – The Smashing Pumpkins – Sounds like Gish era Billy – B-

The Grey – Thrice – Tasty guitar into but it fails to click because the singing is a drag – C

Pa Mi (with Ozuna) – Tory Lanez, Ozuna- First rate Latin rap by Tory, one of the best in the business – B-


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