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Going Steady: New Singles 7-1-22 – 7-7-22 Reviewed

TROPA – Anitta, LUCK MUZIK – more Luck than Anitta, a slice of dance and electronic enthused Latin pop – B

River – Ben L’Oncle Soul, Think Zik ! All Star – the French soul man with an enlivened way to say “river” – B

We’re Not In Orbit Yet… – Broken Bells – lock up your daughters, the Shins guy and Danger Mouse are back – MUST TO AVOID – D+

New Money (feat. 21 Savage) – Calvin Harris – past the expiration date Harris DJ though helped by 21 Savage’s excellent rap – B

Hot Shit (feat. Ye & Lil Durk) – Cardi B – Cardi’s best song since “WAP” is her “masculine” track on a typically declarative for the throat, featuring a sample of 1983’s Marcia Griffiths “Electric Boogie”. While it opens with two excellent comparisons, it soon settles her into some typical self promotion, Lil Durk does some shoutouts to a hot shit girl, and Ye adds some self-congratulations (and a shout out to Cardi’s kid sister) which finds him still at # 1 and for the first time not going bonkers about Kim (though he sure does mention his kids) – A-

Free – Shermanology Remix – Cat Burns, Shermanology – smart house remix – B+

Wetiko – Chaz Matador – genre busting electronic dance fused to experimental production which seems mixed for maximum weirdness and… “5,6,7,8 help me to appreciate…” Appreciated – B+

My 24th Birthday – Dave – story song where the UK drill rapper is at his best rhyming about bad vibes and… Drake – B

Forever – DJ Drama, Benny The Butcher, Capella Grey, Fabolous, Jim Jones – take DJ Drama seriously as a producer, as a record label boss, even as a D, but as a recording star he is second tier DJ Khaled – C+

Fish In The Sea – Dustin Lynch – Dustin in full on Jimmy Buffett mode – B-

USA – Filmore, Pitbull – jingoist snoozer adds Pitbull and credits “Bud Light” by name – D+

What A Night – Flo Rida – amounts to a Four Season remix – C+

M.A.L.A (feat. M Huncho) – Gazo, M Huncho – Trap en Francaise OG – C+

All Dz Chainz (feat. Lil Baby) – Gucci Mane – a really great sample gives the song a submarine sound and both Gucci and Lil Babe are on their game – B+

wake up – JacobSameul, Clara Mae. Nationalmusiq, Shenseea, ShoffySpice – ambient electronica – C-

Nivel De Perreo – J Balvin, Ryan Castro – a contender for reggaeton song of the summer because Bad Bunny arrived too early! Two excellent reggaeton performers with a fine and jumpy track for the original gang-stas – B+

you make me miserable – Karin Ann – the Slovakian 20 year old is as good as anyone around here plus being pro LGBTQ+ is a whole lot trickier in Eastern Europe – B

All Summer – Little Big Town – “Hell Yeah” is one of the best songs of the year, this ain’t one of the best songs of the week – C-

Menace – Lloyd Banks, Conway the Machine – an older boom bap great and a current boom bap great – B+

Country On – Luke Bryan – a slice of July 4th, Red State style piece of jingoism: “hey soldier wherever you might be, hats off for keeping us free” -unconditionally supporting the soldiers during Vietnam during conscription when the underclass were cannon fodder isn’t the same as supporting a volunteer armed forces… something miles over Bryan’s head, so he is lucky that “hey, hey USA, we ain’t seen our better days” is a pretty sweet sentiment and a stellar hook – B

Let Love Go – Mabel, Lil Tecca – old school disco plus some autotuned Lil Tecca – B

Fall – Nick Zinner – the first single from his four-movement album, 41 Strings, featuring a full orchestra with the Yeah Yeah Yeah guitarist – B

Catch Me In The Air – Rina Sawayama – a really lovely tribute to her single mom and Rina claims The Corrs as an influence and pays it off – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Yeah, I Like You – The Goo Goo Dolls – still at it 25 years after A Boy Named Goo, this is a straight-ahead guy rock pop and pleasant enough – B

Hot In It – Tiësto, Charli XCX – great little dance track where hyper pop is added to house and pop to great effect – B+

IFTK – Tion Wayne, La Roux – La Roux is a first rate other and Tion is grime 101 and they met on a strong dance track – B+

100% Endurance – Elton John Version – Yard Act – the English post-punks but on a different strap, it isn’t informed by Gang Of Four, spoken sung hard Englishness with Elton along and as odd a song as you’ll hear it right now yet it is clearly pop music – B+

Rich Minion – Yeat – autotuned and rapped and… is that Minions at the beginning? – C+

Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today – YUNGBLUD – typical English style glam pop punk – B

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