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Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 8-3-18 – 8-9-18

United – Armin van Buuren, Vini Vici, Alok, Zafrir – Trance as EDM anthem, this is one big track out to reunite the forces that the past two years have quietened down, unfortunately that ship has sailed and EDM is returning to the sidelines – B

DJs Gotta Dance More – A-Trak, Todd Terry – Galloping beats and a great spoken word sample – B

One Summer – Austin Burke – a girl tells him her parents are away and does he want to spend the night? He does.  – B

Beautiful (feat. Camila Cabello) – Bazzi, Camila Cabello – Bazzi is the rapper of the moment on this extreme pop spurred by young Camila’s sugar sweet verses – B

He Promised Me (feat. Tobbi, Tommi & Kiandra Richardson) – Louie & Josh Organ Solo Adlib Version – Bebe Winans, Kiandra Richardson, Tobbi, Tommi, Louie Vega – A humungous Gospel blowout that throws everything it can think of into nearly nine minutes of testifying. Jesus would be proud – B+

Cuando Te Besé – Becky G, Paulo Londra – Becky G is as hot as it gets in 2018, and this sexy duet is slight but winning   – B

Drown – Cuco, Clairo – Nice piece of mood pop DJ stuff, dreamy Latin crossover – B

Let Somebody Love You – Boy George, Culture Club – Boy George goes ska on a  sweet lover’s rock though a little on the slight side – B

Goodbye Summer – Danielle Bradbery, Thomas Rhett – wore off fast, a maudlin country ballad – C

KindaYeahSorta – Dashboard Confessional – The taste of the ocean is in the breeze and it ain’t even vaguely emo, it is classic rock goes to margaritaville and the hook is world class – B+

Autumn Love – Death Cab for Cutie – The class of 2011 is having a moment with the popular indie band concocting a personal best in years, trickily arrange but beautifully delivered pop s9ong with ringing guitars and magic harmonies – B+

Heaven To Me – Don Diablo, Alex Clare – Crappy EDM pop r&b blues song – MUST TO AVOID – C-

Won’t Stop Now – Elevation Worship – Awful CCM – C-

Trip – Ella Mai – Coming off her breakthrough hit, the superb “Boo’d Up,” there couldn’t be more at stake on “Trip” -a similar love ballad with double tracked vocals, and a SZA without the angst (anyone without the angst actually), that makes it a smooth and sexy tonic. A huge success for Ella and I hope it breaks – A-

Tie Me Down (with Elley Duhé) – Gryffin, Elley Duhé – DJ stuff and catchy enough to be second tier Avicii – B

Take You Down – Illenium – More EDM pop for a saturated market – C+

Number 10 – Interpol – Romantic power dynamics in the workplace as a hard rock dark electronic rock dream, not as good as “The Rover” but it still does the job – B

Never Call Me (feat. YG) – Remix – Jhene Aiko, YG – YG, who has a pretty good album just released, adds a verse – B

Big Deal – Kid Ink – The follow up to “Woop Woop” finds the tattoo’d one counting his commas – C+

Banana Clip – Spanish Version – Miguel – That hook repeats on the backing track and is so strong it carries the song, one of his better recent efforts – B

Rank & File – Moses Sumney – A strange yet lovely alt r&b unlike most of the children of Frank Ocean – B+

Kong – Neneh Cherry – Always willing to go her own way, here Nemeh sounds like she is copping out to chill t&b except she had a hand in inventing it – B+

Satisfacción – Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Arcangel – Where Latin Trap and reggaeton meet and Latin Trap wins, the difference is the vocals are much less rap, even when they are rap they are very tuneful – B

Movin On – Paul Weller – Maybe the Jam were a fluke? I mean, look at what happened after? Plus that haircut, right? – C

The Ritual – Primal Fear – Excellent hardrocker that bangs all the way to a cool and slim guitar solo – B+

Witching Hour – Rezz – More like twitching hour as the EDM instrumental jerks itself, though not fast enough for dance, so consider it loud mood music – B-

Missing U – Robyn – The return of the great first lady of EDM, and after eight years this adds nothing to the legend and it subtracts nothing either. It is impressive that she  maintains the exact DNA of “Dancing On My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend” and while it isn’t as good as either, it is better than every Mo in the world – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Loud – Silk City, GoldLink, Desiigner – About as supergroup a collab as you’re gonna get, GoldLink, who can be a brooding presence, is terrific on his bars, and Desiigner a foghorn through a vocoder on the chorus, this is the first time Mark Ronson and Diplo make sense together – B

Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go – Spiritualized – No longer floating in space, this is a gorgeous 90s style classic rocker with a strong tunefulness that goes electronic on the bridge – B

Fascinating Rhythm – Tony Bennett, Diana Krall – One of the Gershwin’s great songs, and Tony is completely timeless at the age of 92, Diana is still the coolest blonde at the rodeo – B

SWISH – Tyga – Tyga at the stripclub – C+

Too Much (feat. Timbaland) – ZAYN, Timbaland – Zayn has the best voice of any 1D, and has moved onwards, this is modern pop and even Timbaland seems completely at ease… but unless he tours soon he is gonna have a problem – B


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