Going Steady: New Singles 7-27-18 – 8-2-18

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FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) – 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – A coupla really interesting things here, 6ix9ine is using “fe Fi Fo Fum” to very good effect and he seems to call out Nicki as more sexually fluid than she admits to, though I’ve seen film from before she was a star that suggested she was into women hard: “Eenie meenie miney moe, I catch a ho right by her toe, if she ain’t fuckin’ me and Nicki, kick that ho right through the door”… great song – A-

Overdose (feat. Chris Brown) – AGNEZ MO, Chris Brown – Chris and his ready for trouble at any cost new gal Agnez are ODing on love on this middling banger – B-

Darkside – Alan Walker, Au/Ra, Tomine Harket – Young EDM producer up to nothing much – C+

If We Have Each Other – Alec Benjamin – “The world’s not perfect but we of we have each other we’ll both be fine” -nineteen year Alec is wise beyond his years on this goodie about maternal and other forms of true love – B+

I Miss U – Alok, Selva – The piano intro is sweet but the DJ can’t maintain it on this EDM track – C+

Tim – ARTY – Pure house with mostly beats and bass and a soaring synthline and a vocal that is just another instrument – B+

Sounds Like Help – Austin Basham – Folkie strummer, not a bad little song with a strong voice, he should have kept it just acoustic but he lets in a band – B+

Disease – Beartooth – Like Blue October meets Foo Fighters YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED – C-

Charcoal Baby – Blood Orange – Not a fan of Dev but this is pretty good chill r&b with a wonky out of tune guitar hook – B+

Jewelry – Blood Orange – This is what I don’t like about Dev: too often, as on this smooth jazz and r&b mash up, the two sides don’t meet   like that new ice cream mayo flavor- C-

Back Down – Bob Moses – EDM with rock guitars as part of a future that never really happened, the chorus is tasty – B-

Dang Me – Brad Paisley – This is part of the Roger Miller tribute album dropping next Friday -a great part, a terrific version by, of all the folks on the tribute from Cake to Eric Church,  easily the best fit – A-

1997 DIANA – BROCKHAMPTON – double dutch as boy band experimental  hip hop – B

Girls Night Out – Charli XCX – SHe was crappy at Metlife but who can blame her, this is clever and sweet Madonna without the attitude in dance mode – B

Don’t Leave Me Alone (feat. Anne-Marie) – David Guetta, Anne-Marie – If EDM is dead, why is that what all the singles are? I like both Guetta and Anne-Marie, the bridge here is very very good – B

No Brainer – DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper – We haven’t heard from Justin in awhile and his voice here is very very strong and sweet, Quavo autotunes himself and is fine, Chance is Chance… so what’s wrong? The song sucks, a real shame – C+

WAY DOWN LOW – Elley Duhé – Aiming for the Selena Gomez market and this is good enough maybe if she had a few more hits under her belt – B

Under Lime – Elvis Costello, The Imposters – Costello sounds like Costello, Nieve holds it firm, and Pete Thomas is strong with a complicated pattern… the song is too clever for its own good and that is really Costello’s fault. The moment he changes keys he loses me and those baroque horns? Why? – B-

Unwanted Number – Elvis Costello, The Imposters – A nice little funk workout though, again, he has lost the gift of simplicity – B

Overthinking – Hands Like Houses –  Aussie rockers, the drums are awesome, the song an anti-anthem anthem – B

Be Home Soon – Free Cake For Every Creature – The guitar is really deep and sweet and touching, it rings like  a bass bell on this terrific song – A-

You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead Of You Baby – IDER – London duo who handle indie pop with ease and smarts, the chorus is great  and the worldless bridge is better and there is just somewhere in the DNA a certain soulfulness   – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

What Hurts Worse – Iron & Wine – The Americana superstar keeps it quiet here though the drums (and I think this is a sign of the times) are a touch too loud – B-

Heavy, California – Jungle – Pretty good funk workout, or maybe disco  – B-

One Day (feat. Ryan Tedder) – Logic, Ryan Tedder – The good news is that it is Logic so there is only so much more harm Ryan can do, the other good news is Logic kills on his tongue twisting speed rap flow – B-

What’s the Use? – Mac Miller – Moody, smooth, funky backing trap and Mac deals with drugs – C+

Give A Little – Maggie Rogers – Love her voice, the song mix and matches soul with singer songwriter and electronica – B

Buena Vida – Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee – Big  time Dominican Republic singer with a mainstream Latin ballad filled in the blanks by the always welcome rapping Daddy Yankee – B-

Me On You – Nicky Romero, Taio Cruz – Two heavy weights, one as a DJ and the other as a British R&B guy, they hold it together nicely till the bridge and then get a little too electronic – B-

In The Beginning – N.O.R.E. – N.O.R.E takes you to rap class as he eyeballs the competition and slides himself somewhere or the other – B+

PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ – Cap.3: Celos – ROSALÍA – Spanish singer, this is an odd song with a a tom tom beat going clip clap in the background and a lead and harmony voice but the harmony voice is very echoey and distant – B

Down Easy (feat. Starley, Wyclef Jean) – Showtek, MOTi, Starley, Wyclef Jean – Three producers for the cost of one, plus Wycliff and Starley on vocals – B-

Driving Rain (feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) – Slash, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators – Dreadful hard rocker, never liked Myles, I can go in and out with Slash… here I am out -MUST TO AVOID – C-

Nephew (feat. Lil Pump) – Smokepurpp, Lil Pump – I absolutely agree that mumble rap mumbles, and sure part of the pleasure is the love of the new,  but this is a sing songy funny track – B+

Some Nights – G Herbo, Southside – Everything drill is new again, this is a Chicago dirty get down and the two of em kill it for verse after verse  – B+

We’re Tired – The Blancos, Joyner Lucas – They dub themselves sex, drugs, and 808s… not as good as that of course,  but this is a pleasant break down – B-

We Don’t Need You (feat. Vic Mensa) – Tom Morello, Vic Mensa – Not bad at all, I thought it would be more guitar oriented but it is an electronic anthem and Vic is always worth our while – B

Freak – Wolfgang Gartner – Starts kinda trancey and then becomes a minimalist hand clapping simple song… B

Abolish ICE – YACHT – The command is repeated over and over again for over a minute… it’s simple but it says it – B+

Handgun (feat. A$AP Rocky) – YG, A$AP Rocky – Terrific trap beat and the video is a take on “Full Metal Jacket” – B+

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