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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 7-13-18 – 5-19-18

A Little More – Alessia Cara – If you know Alessia mostly from her singing on Zedd and Logic songs, you may have forgotten she began her career covering songs with just her acoustic guitar. Here she does the same thing with her own material on a very lovely little love song – B+

Bubblin (feat. Busta Rhymes) – Remix – Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes – Anderson counts the dough, invites Busta to handle a verse, and comes up with a good not great continuation of the sort of stuff he was doing on Malibu – B+

God is a woman – Ariana Grande – Ariana seems to be in the position Taylor was with 1989, changing herself from full voiced pocket diva to EDM powered pop star. I am not crazy about either but definitely, EDM is better – B-

Higher – Audien, Cecilia Gault – Business as usual house from Connecticut DJ – C+

Eastside (with Halsey & Khalid) – benny blanco, Halsey, Khalid – The heavy duty producer goes front and center, with two huge stars in tow, and fails to signify as a serious new threat – C+

Killa Shit Funk (feat. G.L.A.M.) – Black Caviar, G.L.A.M. – A coupla DJs and an excellent rapper in G.L.A.M. add up to a strong funk workout -B

Trippin’ (feat. Khalid) – Buddy, Khalid – Two strong soul singers on a mood ambient song – B

Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino – After “This Is America,” here is a sweet soul jam – B

Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino – Neither this nor “Feels Like Summer” looks as though it is gonna be the song of the summer it is aiming for, this is a beautiful  sleepy in the heat track – B+

Desperate Man – Eric Church –  co-writer Ray Wylie Hubbard takes Eric to the gates of hell on this wanted man country romper, the video has Eric robbing banks and fighting with his record company and the sound thumps and moves till a low key guitar solo flits by his car window and a hook laded bridge brings you down  –   SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Better – Estelle – The  “American Girl” was an original alt-R&b star way before her time, this is a terrific jam track that might wake people up to the multifaceted UK star – B+

Ooh Yea (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Fabolous, Ty Dolla $ign – Fabolous is one of the top rappers in the world today although a little old fashioned, he still manages to get a good chorus off the overextended Ty – B+

Flawless – Fucked Up – No, not the kings of punkcore who’ve been missing for a coupla years now, this is a pretty good r&b song – B

Satisfied (feat. MAX) – Galantis, MAX – Pretty good disco, that drum thump sounds like “Another One Bites The Dust” – B

Shadowboxer – Good Charlotte – The wee lads all grown up on  this better than you imagine rocker – B

Bigroom Never Dies – Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Mitch Crown – Great hook fuels this drop the bass knock out – B+

Wasted (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) – Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert – When “Lucid Dream” dropped I was taken by surprise, now I expected a moody trap track with a, what? what?, melody -Lil Uzi is becoming an elder statesman – B+

Mi Cama – Remix – Karol G, J Balvin, Nicky Jam – One of the best licks in the business joined by top Latin pop mavens – B+

Como – Kim Viera, Daddy Yankee – Crossover pop jam with a terrific speedy vocal from Daddy Yankee – B+

You Say – Lauren Daigle -godawful CCM ballad – C-

Nasty One – Lil’ Kim – Trap beats and no real rapping, where is Biggie when you need him? – C-

Young and Angry Again – Lori McKenna – Second terrific folk song off her upcoming album, the guitar riff is a keeper and the vocal is nigh on perfect – A-

The City (with Quinn XCII) – Louis The Child, Quinn XCII – EDM duo follow in Chainsmokers footsteps – C+

Self Care – Mac Miller – A real depressing, major league bummer – C

16 Steps – Martin Jensen, Olivia Holt – Jensen is big time, and this is Calvin Harris  brilliant Pop EDM – B+

Only Love – Mary J. Blige – Terrific 80s style soul verses, chorus less so – B

Sun In Our Eyes – MØ, Diplo – Did you know “Lean On” had over a billion streams? This one is a little too average to do much though MØ does a bravado and pretty vocal – C+

Bemyself – Parcels – Funk pop lo intensity  via Australia – B

Leave Me – Rich The Kid – Rich isn’t a kid, he is 25 years old, and this is probably the top of the food chain when it comes to trap. Yes, he sucks live, but this is a major song – B+

Don’t Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You – The London Suede – Glam rock without the glam from a band with one great album to its name and that was in 1993  – C+

La Di Da – The Internet – Great funkiness from the Odd Future house band – B+

Keep a Little Soul – Outtake, 1982 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Wore off me fast, but still a good reminder of the pop prince Petty – B+

Jumpsuit – Twenty One Pilots – From their upcoming dystopian rock opera (they could have just looked out the window), the verses are a bit iffy but the choruses blow out the windows- C+

Nico And The Niners – Twenty One Pilots – It moves nicely but is too slow and dreary… I can’t see either song breaking pop – C+

Bells & Circles – Underworld, Iggy Pop – Bristol dub meets Iggy spoken word… can I go home now? – MUST TO AVOID – D+

You Don’t Even Know – Walker McGuire – Modern country duo on a loud and busy rocker – B

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