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Going Steady: Top New Singles 3-19-21 – 3-25-21 Reviewed


Although it is missing that one huge song, it is the best week of the year just because of the sheer amount of good songs in a world of ordinariness…

Casa – 22Gz – woo hoo, a WAP interlope (we used to call em samples) of “WAP”, this pimp track works well as a terrific hook title and trap meets brood track on a great Brooklyn Drill sound  – B+

Long Legged Larry – Aesop Rock – the alt rapper with a strange and quite wonderful rap which if not directed towards children in his frog tall tail, well it sure could be… the guitar lick is post-punk angularity – B+

Story of My Life – Ant Clemons – “I was working at Red Lobster four years ago….” the terrific r&b singer nods as he spends the second part of his career placing tracks on big time r&b clouters and is now on his own on this catchy song about starting out – B

Nevermind – Babygirl – fuzzy guitar and bass indie pop from the Toronto based duo – B

Judas – Bad Gyal, KHEA – Latin EDM meets mainstream disco track – C+

bad to the bone – bbno$, lentra –  Vancouver rapper has just a hint of hyperpop on the catchy noise hooked track – B

Period (feat. DaBaby) – Boosie Badazz, DaBaby – is there anybody better at jumping on a track than Dababy in March 2021, this is an addictive piece of rap on the beat, sounds good with Boosie and than becomes otherwise with the top rapper around right this minute – B+

Ride Or Die (feat. Chilly Gonzales) – Extended Mix – Boys Noize, Kelsey Lu, Chilly Gonzales – The German Boys Noize is simply one of our greatest dance producer of the 21st century (it’s early, I know), what makes this is not Lu but the drums like a paradiddle – B+

Nube – Chucky73, Eladio Carrion – This is Latin Trap and not reggaeton by the Bronx bred Chucky and Puerto Rican with a track like a nagging toothache and great because and not despite that – B+

Speak With the Dead – Foxing, WHY? – The emo rockers first song in three years is their best, a nearly seven minute opus of slow sounds and long builds to tidal cathartic in a big, big sound – A-

Spirit Of The Dark Horse – Goose – Goose is the Connecticut jam band who did the Vampire Weekend  “21” remix to pretty good effect, here is where their jamminess is more present on a keyboard based piece of self-controlled funk beat meets the keyboard hook  – C+

The Quiet One – Gotham, Talib Kweli, Diamond D, Busta Rhymes – a  90s inspired rap supergroup – Busta takes top honors – B

Broken Bells – Greta Van Fleet – The last hard rock band standing have grown up, and this, the fourth song off their upcoming third album, is yet another good one, here they have a hard rock, anthem ballad as writ – B

If You Change Your Mind – Hunter Hayes – it’s the voice that gets this slice of pop r&b to work so well, the song itself is the place Hunter lives, between country and soul, and here he hits it nicely, though his time may have passed -it’s been ten years between breakouts – B

Just Like Martin – IDK – Martin Luther King? Try Martin Lawrence, on one of IDK’s very best bangers , congrats to CHASETHEMONEY’s forthright beats – B+

To Begin Again – Ingrid Michaelson, ZAYN – Sarah Aarons, co-writer here, was responsible for that incredible hook on in “The Middle” -the piano one, Zayn has a beautiful voice no doubt but the song is a major bummer – MUST TO AVOID – D+

Tu Veneno – J Balvin – just a straight up reggaeton track by one of the best of all time, no muss, no fuss, dance track – B+

BED – Joel Corry, RAYE, David Guetta – Guetta drops the bass on a disco track – B-

Try Me – Lil Mosey -Seattle rapper tributes the late Kari Ca$h and admires himself in a dark little number – C+

Boys To Men – Lil Poppa – the ‘right now” hook is a classic and the hint of the Lil Uzi Vert single is destined for greatness as Lil Poppa uses it to other, more classicist, effect – B+

Headshot (feat. Polo G & Fivio Foreign) – Lil Tjay, Polo G, Fivio Foreign – hot on the heels of one of the best songs of the year, “Calling My Phone,” here is a nondescript drill banger follow-up – C+

Mine Forever – Lord Huron – The second good song off their upcoming album is Americana as 60s style guitar pop – B

As a Child – Madeline The Person – the nineteen year old Warner Brothers signee is worth the advance on this singularly gorgeous, contender lullaby about the death of her father when she was fifteen years old, if she has more like this we should all listen – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Toxic (ft. BEAM) – Maeta, BEAM –  a hot and clever sex song, trust the Skrillex seal of approval on a relatively strong EDM song – B

Birds – Demo – Neil Young, Graham Nash – nobody is going to complain about a Deja Vu outtake by the N&Y , though N is way over represented in the world of outtakes and the specialness is spoiled… and anyway, there is a reason the song isn’t on the album originally, it sounds generic and unfinished, and even so… – B

Pussy Mask – Peaches – the art-punk rapper takes off from Wet Ass Pussy where she joins Cardi B to Dr. Fauci and beyond – B

Sydney – Rich Brian – the Indonesian rapper who (wisely) changed his name from Rich Chigga and got a touch too seriously on this well spitted bore – C

Nowhere Generation – Rise Against – godawful alt rock, classic rocker, horrorshow of 40 somethings still giving a fuck as to what generation they appear… the bridge is strong but it flops all around it – C-

CEO – Snoop Dogg – he still has that world class flow, on a nothing song – C

White Lows Off Designer (feat. Lil Durk) – Tee Grizzley, Lil Durk – pretty good, dudes on the streets with Tee calm and Lil Durk still riding the Drake effect hit single – B

One More Cup Of Coffee – Tom Jones – Lester Bangs has a lot to answer for, including destroying Bob Dylan’s Desire for us all, so maybe now we should thank Tom Jones for saving the Dylan song and reformatting as a highly dramatic Western story -it couldn’t be much better – A-

Yeah Yeah – Young Dolph – great hook but not much else, sometimes a great hook is all you need – B

BERNADETTE – Zack Villere, Joyce Wrice – “It’s the time of year again where the loquats bloom, we’re sleeping until noon never coming out our rooms…” is perfection and the song, a sadboy acoustic confessional is absolutely top notch – A-

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