Going Steady: New Singles 6-1-18 – 6-7-18 Reviewed

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Harlem Anthem – A$AP Ferg – A terrific song, Ferg seems to be better off on singles as he shouts out his thorough borough, rapping over and into and around and straight through the horns. What a time to love music – A-

Drive – Ben Rector – He comes awful close to disaster in the bridge but pulls it off on this lively singer songwriter song – B

Nocturne – Blanco White – Flamenco driven snoozer , oversold and then some – C

Spread Love (Paddington) [feat. DVNO] – Boston Bun – It sounds a touch novelty and yet this electronic dance track functions like a dance club hoot with the best of hooks on earth – B+

Blue No More – Buddy Guy, James Bay – Buddy’s second single off the upcoming album is definitely deep south blues, Bay sounds great on his verses – B+

SAD AND BORED – bülow, Duckwrth – It’s nearly ten years I’ve been doing rock nyc and it seems to me that this is the best year yet for pop music, I am overwhelmed by how much great stuff I get every single week. bülow is as dramatic as singer, even a German, and man this has some Wagnerian bigness about ot. Duckwrth has a great verse – A-

5 In The Morning – Charli XCX – More state of the art pop by the dance queen and hook master – B

The Dark Sentencer – Coheed and Cambria – The proggers first song in three years and I have to share this: “Years ago, chaos cut through this atmosphere. The fractured worlds that inhabit this space were once locked in a force of uncontrollable destruction. Gravity was lost. Their planetary trajectories conjoined in one catastrophic collision, choking to remain viable even as the dying glow of their cores peek through the cracks and scars of those impactful moments. Yet a gasp is a sign of life and the planets that many might have cast off as annihilated space continued to show a pulse across the hopelessness. This discarded earth is still very much alive…and made profitable by the 5 Houses of the Star Supremacy, an elite society who looked to the sky and saw potential in the wasted planets. The opportunistic approach could hardly be considered an act of empathy for the human condition, as the decision to convert the dying planets into private prisons meant another type of life sentence awaited those shipped off to their remote reaches. Here, the desolate and derelict would burn away slowly, trapped in a race to death with the very ground they stand on. In this space, between the Well and unknowing. Our Story Starts there. Into our future, yet far beyond our past. In a romance between a pair of Unheavenly Creatures. Weaving through the blacked out space toward the freckling of cracked planets, The Gavel moved like a funeral procession. In many ways, it was the end of life for the two prisoners being transported within its unmitigable walls, to the most deplorable and prized of the doomed prisons, known simply as The Dark Sentencer.” – C+

Alone Together – Dan + Shay – Not bad, I guess – C+

Again And Again – Dave Matthews Band – Well, well, Dave gets soulful. Sadly, he stills sounds like Dave – C

I’m Upset – Drake – Wanted Man Drake is upset because he ain’t got a big enough bounty on his, and it might have gone down after Pusha T’s takedown. I liked the A$AP Rocky shoutout – B+

Inolvidable – Farruko – Reggaeton guy sounds like dancehall and Latin pop at the same time – B

Simple – Florida Georgia Line – The whistling makes it sound like Avicii, as does, the background beats, but it isn’t, it’s just an iffy Western romp – C

Colorado – Florida Georgia Line – Everything about the sound is schitzo, old school George Strait-y goodie with modern sounding EDM backing – B-

Bag – From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “SUPERFLY” – Future, Yung Bans – It sounds good but it is usual dumb self congratulation, coulda used more Future – C+

Humility (feat. George Benson) – Gorillaz – Old school soul with new school mix and match backing tracks and a nice hook that I can’t place, though in 2018 Gorillaz invention is old news and everybody has stolen it – B

You Deserve Better – James Arthur – His voice is excellent, his songs much less so – C+

Compromise – Joywave – Pretty good EDM pop track – B-

Pa Dentro – Juanes – Latin pop as Colombian folklore – B

Song for the Saints – Kenny Chesney – Both quiet and too much, a true irritant – C-

I Like Me Better – Lauv – Drunk and in love in New York City EDM track – B

Get Right back – Lacrae, Zaytoven – Lacrea is a good rapper and a better lyricist but this is a little minimal for 2018

Drop Top Benz – Lil Gnar, Lil Skies – The skateboarder turned rapper is good at the sticky, this one glues itself to your ears as the hottest of accessories – B

I Know You (feat Yung Pinch) – Lil Skies – Lil Skies is having a year of it, and this song explains what big success feels like -it feels like lots of pussy – B

Drift Away – Liz Vice – Dark and soulful Gospel song – B

Programs – Mac Miller – His first song in two years is a dank and dark trap move – B-

Girls Like You – Maroon 5, Cardi B – A goodie by Maroon 5 finds them bending the zeitgeist to their will, Cardi drops a good verse – B

Colour – Mnek, Hailee Steinfeld – A terrific gay anthem by one of the most successful producer you don’t know, Hailee is sugar on the cake – B+

God, You’re So Good – Passion, Kristian, Melodie Malone – Awful CCM – D

You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Rex Orange County, Randy Newman – Rex is a talented one man band and it is nice to hear Randy joining in on the children’s classic – B+

Easy – Sarah Reeves – Well arranged pop jones from the Nashville songwriter

Tuesday’s Broken – Sugarland – Painfully overwrought country claptrap – MUST TO AVOID – D

Give Yourself A Try – The 1975 – On to album # 3 and if this first taster is anything to go by, expect some big things, an addictive lick and a great vocal, an ace tune and a rock star attitude – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Come Over – The Internet – Another brooding r&b banger from the great band – B

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