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Going Steady: New Singles 8-27-21 – 9-2-21

Foreign Things – Amber Mark -ultra catchy r&b EDM traditional soul – B+

Kiss My (Uh Oh) [Girl Power Remix] – feat. Becky Hill, RAYE & Stefflon Don – Anne-Marie – Girl Power? Oh yeah? Then where is Baby Spice? – C+

23 Preguntas – Anuel AA – we used to have a word for this, trap-urbano, but apparently urbano is racist so… B

Anita – Armin van Buuren, Timmy Trumpet – no, not trance at all, this is Latin dance plus, er, trumpet – B+

family ties (with Kendrick Lamar) – Baby Keem – nice to hear Kendrick sure, and the first half of the song from the projects to a life of rap is good and the Kendrick half sounds stitched at the seams – B

Right on Time – In Harmony – Brandi Carlile – pretty country Americana – B

Butter (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – BTS – the big hit with a nothing special Megan verse added – B-

Question (feat. Don Jazzy) – Burna Boy – Don Jazzy is a top Nigerian producer, and the acoustic guitar sounds like a Graceland outtake, Burna Boy is at his most melodic and lovely as he skips through the bars along skittish afrobeats and the video is straight at the heart of Lagos, filled with children and Burna Boy embracing them all – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Square One – Caamp – The Athens, Georgia, Folk Americana band give a warm and loving rendition of Tom Petty’s 2006 song off Highway Companion – B+

You Can Do It – Caribou – the loop behind the electronic track is intensely irritating – C-

Knots – Coco – Maia Friedman of Dirty Projectors takes the lead on a lovely slice of folk singer songwriter Americana – B

Before You Gotta Go – Courtney Barnett – I’ve got a feeling that if you didn’t see her CMJ breakthrough performance (circa “Avant Gardener”) you don’t buy in, and I missed it. The Australian indie folk singer is a true talent and if only this once it pays real dividends on a hook laden track – B+

I’ve Got To Get To You – Dion, Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza, Mike Menza – I once saw Dion perform a set better than headliner Bob Dylan (here) so don’t ask me if I’m a fan, however this is a well sung (with Boz, what did you expect?) on a blues ordinaire – B-

Brooklyn (Ladies on Mars “Child of Rhythm” Remix-Radio Edit) – Donna Summer -The International DJ Ladies On Mars gives it a steady bass – B

Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Fito Paez- I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the singles Elvis has been dropping off Spanish Model, including this one where the Argentinian rocker gives the song a solid and invigorating ode to “la radio” (which sounds more exotic than it reads) and Fito makes his point clear at the last inch of the reel to reel: “I want to hear this song in the fucking radio, man” – A

This Has Gotta Stop – Eric Clapton – as Eric winds down his career, this is better than the songs on 2013’s Old Sock, a superior acoustic pop blues. After all he has done for rock and blues it is pathetic to cancel him because he doesn’t like vaccines: I mean, he took a shot in the arm anyway – B

Roman Attack – Foy Vance – the metaphor works but the song isn’t strong enough to sustain it – C+

No Difference – Hand Habits – Meg Duffy continues her morph into Adrianne Lenker with a slight yet well arranged Americana – B

2 Chains – Headie One – another guy from the English projects with a fine slice of drill – B+

Perra – J Balvin, Tokischa – Balvin takes a break from reggaeton for Latin Trap rap – B+

OUT OUT (feat. Charli XCX & Saweetie) – Joel Corry, Jax Jones – House producer goes hyper-pop on a tremendous track living up to its word: “Just watch me dance” – A-

A Love Supreme, Pt. IV – Psalm – Live – John Coltrane – since A Love Supreme is one of the greatest albums of all time, and since the box set included only 22 tracks, and since there is only one prior live performance, the discovery of the performance from 1965 at the Penthouse in Seattle couldn’t be much bigger. A deeply focussed performance of spiritual adoration – A

Chelsea Morning – Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 2/1/1969 – Joni Mitchell – the doorway to the upcoming release of the entire performance – A-

justified – Kacey Musgraves – a bluesy country track – B

Single & Happy (feat. Wale & Eric Bellinger) – Kash Doll – strong chorus, badass love diss – B+

Future Starts Now – Kim Petras – the one time I saw her live (at Radio City) I wasn’t impressed, but now I am: this is house pop EDM and well done – B+

Stoned Again – Live – King Krule – I’ve always found Archy a little pretentious, clouded in darkness on stage, he is like Tricky without the beats, but over time he has carved out his own electronic and strong sound and it is near perfect on this live version – A-

Sunshine – From the Motion Picture “Ron’s Gone Wrong” – Liam Payne – the 1D alumni with a bland dance track – C+

South On Ya – Luke Combs – Morgan Whalen without the dumbass drunkenness and a Red State country rocker that won’t offend you and a terrific guitar solo on the bridge, from as great an old school country guy as you will find in 2021 – A-

Wow Wow (feat. Becky G) – Maria Becerra – the Buenos Aires star with Latin dance and a superstar bringing up the rear – B

Bad At Love – Mayday Parade – awful rock ballad – MUST TO AVOID – D

Regularly Scheduled Programming – My Morning Jacket – I haven’t cared for Jim Jones since he destroyed what was left of Conor Oberst as Monsters Of Folk, even so here is sweet Americana with a nice jam at the end – B

Show Runner 99 – Ritt Momney – The former member of the Church Of Latter Day Saints leaves Utah for his bedroom and electric keyboards – B

JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha) – Toy Selectah Remix – Run The Jewels – “Look at all these slave masters posin’ on your dollar bills” was a great line last year and Run The Jewels have included a really strong remix highlighted by Pharrell who gives it the only it could possibly be missing, a gooey tunefulness – A

999 (with Camilo) – Selena Gomez – “KESI” broke Camilo big time, and his big hearted sweetness is a perfect match for Selena on a gorgeous track – A-

To-Do List – The Felice Brothers – a nice one from a band that runs hot and cold, this sounds like Dylan circa Nashville Skyline – B+

Oklahoma Breakdown – Toby Keith – a little thriller country rocker – B

Clouds of Guilt (with Joe Jonas) – William Shatner – you don’t need me to tell you what you’re getting yourself into – B-

All My Favorite Songs – Live from Hella Mega – Weezer – I had tix and skipped out from the Citifields gig, though hearing the live version off their album before last, I’ll give em this one – B

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