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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 4-24-21 – 5-1-21


NEW PROFILE PIC – $uicideboy$ – underground duo via New Orleans with more of their drugs and suicide pop rap – B-

Oh Yeah remix – A.G. Cook, Caroline Polachek – imagine, if you will,  that hyperpop was the purvey of singer songwriters and you get this utility player indie pop label owner from England, strong enough for Chairlift’s frontwoman to jump on – B

Ego – ALLBLACK, Drakeo the Ruler, Kenny Beats – Drakeo must be getting used to life after prison -it is a difficult transition, just ask Gucci Mane… this one is another just look at me now with an additional warning “All this cash that I’m gettin’, fuckin’ up my ego” – B

Still Got It – Alex Frankel – half of the terrific Holy Ghost! disco band goes solo with a funky disco workout that is nothing but pleasure, a slow buzz that improves with every listening – A-

Phone Dies – Andra Day – Day was Billie Holiday on the not so hot movie of the week “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”. Striking while she can, her new song is produced by Anderson. Paak, and like Paak is a far too angular to make sense as fun – C

Sabotage _ Bebe Rexha – EDM pop ballad by the woman beaten to stardom by Dua Lipa – C

MMXX – VIII – Kornél Kovács Remix – Diplo, Kornél Kovács, Lunice – instrumental electronic blah – C-

Selfish Love (with Selena Gomez) – Tiësto Remix – DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Tiësto – I always thought DJ Snake had more umph than this, same with Tiesto, but it percolates nicely and the Tiesto checked backing track is pleasant enough – Selena back to the English language – B

Kiss Me More (feat. SZA) –  Doja Cat, SZA – killer, honey sweet dance pop track with two major performers, SZA at her most charming, and Doja Cat no longer cancelled – B+

Unpunishable – Ethel Cain – just featured in Pitchfork’s “Rising” column, this is haunted electronica – C+

i want to be by your side (feat. herhexx) – EKKSTACY, herhexx – “I’m doing drugs with no one”? Nice touch on a gloriously miserable electronic bummer – B

Down To Miami (with Becky G) – Emotional Oranges, Becky G –  both organic and digital, Becky G jumps on the LA duos latest modified track, like Becky said: it’s vibey – B-

We Are One – Faithful, Amy Grant, Christa Wells, Ginny Owens, Jess Ray, Kelly Minter, Rachael Lampa, Savannah Locke, Tamar Chipp – abysmal CCM anthem, painful beyond belief and even in the ghetto pop of Christianity it hurts – MUST TO AVOID – F

You Stupid Bitch – Girl In Red – The Tik Tok lesbian poster child isn’t at her best except for a strong hook here, co-produced by Finneas but he doesn’t stamp all over it – B-

shots in the dark – iann dior, Trippie Redd – hip hop emo guy Iann needs to find a way to follow-up “mood” and this ain’t it – C+

Set The Firelight – Islands – a strong slice of jingle jangle indie pop from the Canadians, like Real Estate without as many computers – B+

Masquerade of Love – Jamie Perrett – I once questioned whether Babyshambles (not the Libertines, mind) were the best UK band not to break the States, and was greeted by bewilderment, surely, at least, The Jam? I get their meaning, but Babyshambles were a shambolic and brilliant continuance of The Kinks, The Jam, yes, The Libertines: they were what the Small Faces might have been without a singer as great as Steve Marriott. Think of them as Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake natural heir, if you want. Jaime Perrett was a member of Babyshambles and on his first solo single, “Masquerade Of Love,” a pop doo wop 50s style rocker with an edge of new wave, he puts his own stamp onto both his future songs and his former band, not to mention his father who could sue him for plagiarism once he hits the “I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight” though the shoo whos are non-copywrite now –  – A-

Swanky Modes – …Jarvis Is, Dennis Bovell – I haven’t bought into the former Pulp leader’s  dank mood  …Jarvis Is, but if I was to I would with this remix by the great Bovell – B-

Spanish Doors – Liz Phair – I dismissed it last week but it sounds better after a week on playlists, no, it isn’t “H.W.C.” but what is? Great call and response chorus though the verse still sucks – B

Long Lost – Lord Huron – another very pretty Americana, early 60s style track – B

What It Feels Like For A Girl Radio Edit – Madonna – a truly great song is being remixed into dance tracks, this is just great – A-

Purge The Poison – Marina – and the machines, over ten years after “I Am Not A Robot,” the pop singer claws back with a not terrible dance track – B

Living In The Good Times – Naked Raygun – this being the Chicago punks who reformed in 2005’s first single in decades and it is exactly what you would hope for it to be – B+

The Perfect Kiss – Live at Alexandra Palace  – New Order – synth poppers return with a live album… somewhere Ian Curtis is yawning – C+

FORCE OF HABIT –  Paris Texas – The Fader expect the Compton duo to break through, and not on the strength of this slow and dreary rap and sing – C-

Comfortably Numb – Live at Knebworth 1990 [2021 Edit] – Pink Floyd – one of the bands greatest songs but they were never one to change up their recorded work on stage – B

You – Regard, Tate McRae, Troye Sivan – two of alty pop stars join the Kosovan DJ with a ho hum dance beat and synth pop merge but that synth? Makes it better than you think  – B

Chosen Family (with Elton John) – Rina Sawayama – I am a little cool to the J-Pop phenom from the UK, here she hooks up with, gasp, Elton, who steals it away on his own verse – C+

Crawling Kingsnake – Edit – The Black Keys – pretty good John Lee Hooker cover finds the duo taking care of business for the first time in way too long – B

Low Key In Love (with paris jackson) – The Struts The Struts are a cool glam rock band tapping the 80s, and Paris Hilton is Michael Jackson’s daughter whether you like it or not and the song is a real winner, I hope it hits the pop charts if only for the guitar break…. does Luke Spiller look like anyone you recognize? – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

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