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Going Steady: New Singles 7-2-21 – 7-8-21 Reviewed


Red – $not – hand it to the Florida soundcloud star to use autotune and for a sing songy piece of misogynistic wooze – C+

Don’t Ever want To Lose It (Wind In The Fire) – Amy Grant – an outtake from the 30th anniversary of her beloved  Heart In Motion, a pretty, MOR  track that she had in her pocket all this time! – B+

Lease On Life – Andy Grammer – hey, it’s leagues ahead of the awful “Honey, I’m Good,” on a catchy singer songwriter track – B

De Muso – Bad Bunny – at this point it would be base racism not to conclude that Bad Bunny is the premiere singer songwriter of his generation, on his latest single he sings in his signature growl on a ballad that morphs into a drop the bass rager – A-

Hot Love – Bark Bark Disco – the indie guy brings out the synths and the drum machines for some old school disco… now where’s the twelve incher? – B

Lower Case (no cap) [feat. Killer Mike] – Big Boi, Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown – while we await the new Big Boi album, this is a terrific piece of Atlanta rap by some major players – B

The Ghost of Cincinnati – Big Red Machine – the Justin Vernon-Aaron Dessner band with what amounts to an Elliott Smith tribute – C+

Renegade (feat. Taylor Swift) – Big Red Machine – as Aaron Dessner noted, he can’t stop writing with Taylor. This is as good as anything on the last two Swift albums, which is high praise indeed – A-

Whole Lotta Ice (feat. Lil Baby & Pooh Shiesty) – BigWalkDog – The Gucci Mane find from Mississippi with a hook built pure rap track plus high hat – B

Wasting Time ( feat. Drake ) – Brent Faiyaz – Produced by The Neptunes, this is how r&b is done in 2021 – B+

Call Your Bluff – Catbite -catchy as all get out ska-punk… is this a revival I see before me? – B

Dancin Tony In Cuba 1959 – CAVS – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s drummer performs an all percussion evocation of Cuban beats – B-

Boy In A Billion – Claire Rosinkranz – the sixteen year old singer songwriter is produced by her father and is so young she is precocious with this indie pop song – B

Imagine [Feat. PJ] – Common – PJ’s chorus is lovable, Common an irritant – C+

I Believed It (feat. Mac Miller) – dvsn, Ty Dolla $ign – The Toronto duo are back with a gorgeous R&B slow jam plus a Mac Miller verse – B+

ME PASE (feat. Farruko) – Enrique Iglesias, Farruko – Enrique is Latin pop royalty and Farruko is a top reggaeton performer, and they sound great on this exuberant old school pop track – B+

Summer’s Not Ready (feat. INNA and Timmy Trumpet) – Flo Rida – really sweet summer jam with Flo Rida at his best in years – B+

It’s Happening Again (feat. KUČKA)- flowerkid -lovely, electronic eenish heartbreaker – B

PradadaBang – IDK, Young Thug – clever little conspicuous consumption – B

I Am The Stripclub – Iggy Azalea – Iggy was cancelled for cultural appropriation except she was really cancelled for fucking black rappers and black basketball stars and it drove black women bonkers but the Australian rapper was always talented and this has a relentless beat and Iggy sounds like she is removing her clothes to the beats – B

Wrecked – Imagine Dragon – the third single off the upcoming album is the first turkey, an electronic anthem of blah – D+

Stronger (from the Netflix Series “We The People”) – Janelle Monáe -the show is a civics lesson and Janelle is more than capable of afterschooling it, but isn’t a new album due? – B+

In Da Getto – J Balvin, Skrillex – Bad Bunny superstar buddy isn’t the innovator Bad Bunny is, but here he drops the bass with the best of of them with a first rate Skrillex beat – A-

Love Music – Lil Yachty – a haunting, teenage-y singer songwriter ballad from the rapper and his best in years – B+

Vaccine – Logic -following a) his return from retirement and b) after his first album as a Twitch recording artist, this is a well rapped tongue twister – B

Keep On Moving (with NEZ feat. Theophilus London) – Louis The Child, NEZ, Theophilus London – the EDM duo with a dance winner – B

Psycho – Maisie Peters – The English singer songwriter, signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, drops the second song off her upcoming debut album, and it is not merely highly melodic, it is also very funny and as brutal a put-down as anything Olivia Rodrigo (if not Elvis Costello) has given us – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Sunrise Tells The Story – Midland – a classic country rock song, a touch generic – B-

Life is Like a Dice Game – Spotify Singles – Nas, Cordae, Freddie Gibbs – the Nas freestyle track from 1993 is finally completed with two great featured rappers, the OG of the moment Freddie Gibbs and Cordae, whose 2019 The Lost Boy is old school hip hop, are terrific adds – B+

Chances – NEEDTOBREATHE – the Christian contemporary band with an out and out dog of soft MOR ballad – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Her – Poppy – goth-y hard rocker, influenced by her friend Marilyn Manson no doubt – C+

Comin’ out the other side – Randy Edelman – the soundtrack composer superstar’s post-pandemic anthem – A

Magic – Rico Nasty – catchy hip hop song – B

TWORK – Rubi Rose – Cardi B signee works a clever pun to a fire burning down the dancefloor – B

BDE – Shygirl, slowthai – UK rap goes hyper-pop on an excellent and surprising track – A-

SILENCE – Siiickbrain – this is how hyperpop meets goth meets screamo, this is where hyperpop reaches its trap and or synthesizers become a magnet for all music – B+

Barbie Doll – Slush Puppy – SoCal 19 year old singer songwriter with a weirdly off kilter bedroom pop track – B

We Love Each Other So Much – From “Annette” Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard – I was never the fan so many of my friends were of Sparks, and while the first song from the movie was killer, this is a proggy monstrosity – C-

DEJA VU – Tainy, Yandel – the third strong Latin pop song this week is a reggaeton pop track – B+

Pieces (feat. Queen Naija) – YNW Melly – awaiting trial on charges of committing a double murder, here he goes into love ballad mode with a terrific feature in Queen Naija – B+


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