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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-24-18 – 8-30-18

Farsi (feat. T-Pain) – Ariaa, T-Pain – Ariaa is a first generation Iranian-American who echoes Persian music, deep in the grooves, though whose every instinct is a type of EDM pop which convinced me he was a DJ at first. Lovely little song, no doubt – B+

Miss Camaraderie (Bon Vivant Remix) – Azealia Banks – An odd time for a remix of  the last song off her great Broke With Expensive Tastes, her sole album from 2014, a skittish beat and a looped bar adds up to a fun dance track – B+

Pyrex Princess – Azealia Banks – No idea why Banks us so reluctant to drop Fantasia II, everything I’ve heard off it has been great. Including this self-portrait with some of the best bars in the business and a rhymers rhymer: “Si mi casa es tu casa, always been about a dolla” – B+

“99” – Barns Courtney – A huge return for the indie Americana. The pop arrangement sensibility is an act of nostalgia that is so flavorful and filled with past dreams and a sweet emotional neglect, it could be exactly what he needs to keep on top – B+

Drive (feat. Delilah Montagu) – Black Coffee, David Guetta, Delilah Montagu – Sure, “One Kiss” is enough for any year, but the last two Guetta songs haven’t been close, and joined by South African House MUsic DJ Black Coffee, this couldn’t be more laid back – C+

John Law – Buck Owens – Sure, you know it, but it was originally recorded for what should have been Buck’s final album Country Singer’s Prayer  in 1975 that Capitol Records pathetically refused to release. A song story of Law and Outlaws… remind me to tell you about the time I spoke to the Bakersfield legend over the phone in the late 1980s – B+

SOS – Cher – Sure, I’m bitter over going to Vegas to catch her show and Cher cancelling at the last minute, but I haven’t been crazy about her ABBA covers because I haven’t been crazy about her ABBA covers. This one is easily the best so far, a dramatic, overly dramatic blast of melodic urgency – B

Muggs is Dead – Cypress Hill – A circus organ grinds and all the fun of the fair backs up this bizarre little track… and he isn’t dead – C+

Funky Sensation – Disclosure, Gwen McCrae – Good remix of a disco titan – B

Where Angels Fear To Tread – Disclosure – Would I just steal Chris Deville’s Stereogum? Sure I would: “The Four Freshmen’s a cappella take on the old Johnny Mercer/Rube Bloom tune “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)” and gave it a swingin’, spacey house remix”. One of Disclosure’s best moments in years and years – A-

When I’m With Him – Empress Of – The Honduran- American sounds like a love ballad confessional with a tremendous world of house beats surrounding her – B+

Bunny & Grudge – Eric Contractor, Sylvana Joyce – Super dramatic, extremely striking, electric blue depressive obsessive love song – B+

Oblivion – Fit For A King – The best rocker you’ll hear this week, it starts at full blast and moves straight into metalcore, the bridges bleed your ears off – B+

Creep On Me – GASHI, French Montana, DJ Snake – I was really ready to hate on this but that second vocal (vocal? whatever, it sounds like a dolphin mating) makes it – B

Girls in the Suburbs Singing Smiths Songs (feat. G-Eazy) – Goody Grace, G-Eazy – Goody Grace is opening for Anne Marie on her headlining tour, which makes this terrific song more about the beat than the guitar, it is still a haunting little number to a girl so cool with her drugs and her ripped jeans, while G-Eazy rhymes the Pixies with whisky – B+

One Shot – Hunter Hayes – Catchy song, piano country rocker , easily Hunter’s best though it still sucks – C+

Landmine – I Know Leopard – Glammy guys from Australia – B-

Goodbye (feat. Nicki Minaj & Willy William) – Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Willy William- Latin beats and bilingual, successful crossover – B

Body Count (feat. Normani & Kehlani) – Remix – Jessie Reyez, Normani, Kehlani – An awe inspiring remix, I adore Jessie Reyez and this adds sweet beats and the great Kehlani. I don’t see how this can be better, “I don’t care what they say, we’re gonna love who we want to love” – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

Me & My Dog – Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, boygenius – The queer identified supergroup boygenius features three artists I may underestimate, Phoebe is my fave (I am eyeballing her Bowery Ballroom gig), though this is very sweet guitarcentric, harmony biased, folk indie confessional, really quite good – B+

All the Time – Kim Petras – Dr. Luke’s latest creation is sugar synth pop – B

Moment (feat. Wiz Khalifa) – KYLE, Wiz Khalifa – I noticed KYLE  first last year on “!Spy” and since then he has been all over this place. Wiz sounds great as well on this pop lawnmower – B

The Return – Logic – His alter ego Young Sinatra samples  Nina Simone’s “Wild Is the Wind”,” and makes it stickish – B-

Is It Too Late to Hold on Tight – Louise Goffin- Sweet, not sweet enough – C+

Is You Ready – From “Mile 22” – Migos – I vastly prefer Migos in small doses and right now, after their terrific performance opening for Drake, I am as excited by the trio as I have been since “MotorSport” dropped (by the way, they got four hits total off Culture II so it wasn’t a commercial disaster at all) . A terrific little number, I wonder why Quavo can’t do this solo? – B+

Right Now – Nick Jonas, Robin Schulz – Bland, loud house – C

Live or Die – Noah Cyrus, Lil Xan – The new couple sound great, Noah is a terrific singer (she was wonderful opening for Katy Perry last year) and Lil Xan mumbles but doesn’t mutter, very cute  – B+

Up Now (feat. G-Eazy and Rich The Kid) – Saweetie, London On Da Track, G-Eazy, Rich The Kid – Saweetie has a real nice flow and vibes real well with Rich The Kid – B

Big Brown Bus – Ruston Kelly – He is like a country Freedy Johnston, an Americana sad story song deliverer who can write the holy fuck out of a lyric – B+

Heels – Sir Babygirl – “I wanted to revisit the sound of all my favourite early 2000s TRL-era pop heroines like Britney, Xtina, Avril and Ashlee but make it gay as hell…” And then the pronoun of choice did it, I was moving between this and “Body Count” for single of the week – A-

Might Be (feat. Gucci Mane) – T-Pain, Gucci Mane – Autotuned outta its mind, and nobody comes close to doing as well as the great man, the “like me-wifey” rhyme is money in the bank, Gucci is no more than good – B+

Canyon on Fire – Wild Nothing – Wild indeed, an obstreperous and melodic explosion  psychedelia, the vocal is buried nicely in the mix – B

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