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Going Steady: New Singles 8-12-22 -8-18-22 Reviewed

The Look (feat. Kehlani) – Ali Gatie – a little boring r&b soul pop for two singers – C+

on air – always centered at night, Moby, serpentwithfeet – Moby’s new record label makes a smart decision when it comes to lead singer – B+

El Que Espera – Anitta, Maluma – middle of the road Latin American pop by two young superstars – B

Hoodie – Ari Lennox – the latest in a long line of women who owe something to Billie Holiday, in pitch at least – B+

Seamless (with Kehlani) – Babyface – Kehlani has had a busy weeks between an earlier feature with Ali Gatie and a co-writing credit and duet with Babyface on this one – B

Mr. Sightseer – Blondie – “At the time of recording in 1978, the addition of the TEAC TCA-43 four track reel-to-reel to [guitarist] Chris Stein and [singer] Debbie Harry’s home allowed the duo to chase every idea to its logistical or inconsequential conclusion..” Though what problem they had with this gorgeous demo (Harry: “a little simplistic”?) is a bafflement, the song will have you singing along before you played it once and it smells like a hit if they hadn’t shelved it. It is now awaiting the box set and if Blondie have the energy they should also release the unheard demos separately – A

Old Soul Song (for the New World Order) – Companion Version – Bright Eyes – in the OOs Conor Oberst was the greatest singer songwriter of the decade, in the 10s he wasn’t and in the 20s he is a huge disappointment, so thankfully this is a re-recording of a song from Bright Eyes greatest album (the best of the 2010s as well) and so he can’t do much to hurt it – B+

Saturdays – Broken Bells – an electronic take on a Byrdzy ten miles high vibe – C+

Gunsmoke Blues (feat. Jason Isbell) – Buddy Guy – Guy is the most overrated mainstream guy left standing and this is a dreadful song about High School shootings – D+

Unacceptable – Cordae – not bad trap variant from a rapper who, based upon his live performance AT LEAST is a major player breaking through – B

WAITRESS – DaBaby – DaBaby may be a foolish man but he is a foolish man who can rap between insulting the LGBTQ+ and derailing his career – B+

Foxglove Through The Clearcut – Death Cab for Cutie – the spoken word drags it but the chorus is lovely – B-

B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All) – Eliza Rose, Interplanetary Criminal – pure house meets disco remnants, a huge hit in the UK for good reason – A-

Burning Love – Rehearsal 2 – Elvis Presley – classic Presley, sure, but it doesn’t add a thing to the legend – B+

SAY LESS (with French Montana) – Fabolous – both of these guys deserved to be bigger than they ended up being, this is pretty good with two good rhymers – B

Nose Bleeds – Jake Tittle, illuminati hotties – indie folk and it would work with better production but the sound is muddy where we want it clean – B-

MUTUAL FRIEND – Jessie Reyez – her peers adore her but the fanbase remain a little cold for reasons that baffle me – B+

Dance Now (with Kenny Mason) – JID – following his biggest hit on a feature for Imagine Dragons, he returns with a pretty competent piece of rap trap goes pop – B

Wasteman – Kate Nash – we long time fans are never surprised that the cockney foul mouthed pop star who tells shocking vignettes with wit and cleverness, including this excellent put down, her second great song of the year and a rarity that expands its sound with strings but contracts its world in Nashisms even as it steals from Icona Pop’s biggest hit – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Haitian Scarface – Kodak Black – out of prison after receiving a Presidential pardon and on his way back to jail so nice to hear from him when he’s out – B+

Not Over Yet (feat. Tom Grennan) – KSI – electronica sucker though the vocal saves us from the hook – C+

Popular – M.I.A. – she’s living her best life M.I.A. claims, and this is maybe her third best life – B+

Noche de Novela (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Paulo Londra – great drum pattern works as a hook and the Latin American vibe is very strong and very catchy – B+

THREAT – Rex Orange County one of the most popular one man bands to come out of the UK, mostly they have problems crossing over Stateside but Rex has been always very popular here and is well known (he sold out Radio City) and this is such a strong song it is easy to hear why – B+

Make Me Say It Again, Girl – Ronald Isley, The Isley Brothers, Beyoncé – Ronald and his Brother Isley’s give Bey something she doesn’t have on her own new album, the place to stretch her singing on a purely soulful track – B+

Shake – Santigold – a very fun track from Santigold and it lives up to its name – B+

Give Me Grief – Titus Andronicus – the new one has every chance of being major -a power pop track winner – A-

Sunshine – Tyga, Jhené Aiko, Pop Smoke – a rethink of Lil Flip’s song with a sunny track that shows one direction Pop Smoke could have grown into – B

Toxic – YG – the popular rapper with a snooze – C+

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