Going Steady: New Singles 7-6-18 – 7-12-18 Reviewed

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Is It Love? (1001) – Gabriel & Dresden Remix – Above & Beyond, Gabriel & Dresden IK – UK Trance remix and add haunted voices – B-

Mi Gps – Alex Zurdo – MOR Latin pop, effortlessly old fashioned and sweet – B

Ballad of Dwight Fry – Live at the Olympia Paris – Alice Cooper – Pretty good take – B-

Chateau – ARTY Remix – Angus & Julia Stone, ARTY – Indie popsters from Sydney put a very serious beat behind the hit single – B

Summer Days – A R I Z O N A – A smart beat propels the Americana popsters into mutated dance  – B-

Treasure Island – Azealia Banks – Another terrific song off her way too delayed new album, quite the equal of “Anna Wintour” from earlier this year, the chorus is gorgeous and the rapping is the best around, if she wasn’t such a bizarre woman she’d be ahead of Nicki and Cardi (but not Bey) right this minute – A-

1999 WILDFIRE – BROCKHAMPTON – The second post-Ameer Van song by the arty boy band is a pretty good neo-r&b workout with a catchy lalalalala hook – B-

Head Held High – Caly Bevier – Caly is an 18 year old cancer survivor whose music videos during chemo went viral, nice story, but the song? Naff singer songwriter  beat stuff – C+

Hero – Chris Lane – Brutal country ballad – C-

Doesn’t matter – Christine and the Queens – not half as good as “Girlfriend” -the rhythm patterns are original and biting but the song itself doesn’t connect – C+

Tequila – R3HAB Remix – Dan + Shay, R3HAB – Very nice remix by Dutch DJ. speeds up without watering down – B+

Fresh Prince Of Belaire – Dave East, Rick Ross – An ode to Champaign and a clever pun, adding to the legend that will be Dave East later this year – B

Try Not To Love You – Dzeko, Aspyer, Matluck – EDM pop by the numbers – C

Boo’d Up (with Nicki Minaj & Quavo) – Remix – Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj, Quavo – The song is as smooth as silk loverboy track that made Ella a one song away from breaking big, Nicki’s verse is OK and is that Quavo singing? – B+

W.I.L.D. – Filmore – Filmore can write a country song and while this isn’t the one, the bluesy break down track isn’t bad – B-

The Immigrants – Gaby Moreno, Van Dyke Parks – A remake of David Rudder’s classic by  the terrific Guatemalan Gaby and the always superior Van Dyke Parks, it works as folk dance and what’s more all proceeds to benefit the Central American Resource Center of California. Rudder, a Haitian immigrant himself, wrote the original was in response to the Abner Louima assault in August 1197. Remember? “The arresting officers beat Louima with their fists, nightsticks, and hand-held police radios on the ride to the station.[3] On arriving at the station house, he was strip-searched and put in a holding cell. The beating continued later, culminating with Louima being sexually assaulted in a bathroom at the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn. Volpe kicked Louima in the testicles, and while Louima’s hands were cuffed behind his back, he first grabbed onto and squeezed his testicles and then sexually assaulted him with a broomstick”. Gaby takes the outrage and turns it sideways for the largescale assault on people from “shithole countries” – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

I’m Not Afraid – Holland – The openly gay K-pop singer announces his freedom from the chains of the closet on this EDM pop stroke – B

Kream (feat. Tyga) – Iggy Azalea, Tyga – Poor old Iggy, so close but so far from anything approaching a reasonable return – C

Might As Well Dance – Jason Mraz – Mraz has the precise opposite problem of everybody else in the music biz -he breathes melody but he doesn’t execute melody well – C+

FSU (feat. GASHI & Rich The Kid) – Jay Park, GASHI, Rich The Kid – Korean-American rapper takes K-pop to school, his flow is world class though the track is too busy – B

Ain’t Drinking Alone – Landis -nicely poppin’ pop sound that is thisclose to modern country – B-

Sola – Lary Over – This ain’t Latin-Trap despite the language, it is Atlanta Trap – C+

Who Want The Smoke? – Lil Yachty, Cardi B, Offset – I didn’t think much of the song at first listen and on third listen the hook still isn’t strong enough but Cardi B’s verse rules – B-

Drug Addicts – Lil Pump – Everything he does sounds like “Gucci Gang” and I, for one, am still enjoying it – B+

Gitanas – Mala Rodríguez – Exceptional Latin Hip Hop via Barcelona, this is what Latin Rap should be up to, a music so indigenous that  it owes little to the North American segment – B+

We Them Niggas – Naughty Boy – While over here we might question whether Pakistani-English Naughty Boy Shahid Khan can get away with the “n’ word, this is a very good rap song and points to one of the sadder occurances, Zayn Malik not working with the brilliant DJ – B+

Between U And Me – Neon Feather, Chris Cron – You give Christ a bad name – MUST TO AVOID – D

Finally Free – From “Small Foot” – Niall Horan – More English Americana – C+

Riverside 2099 – Oliver Heldens, Sidney Samson – Really catchy track that works as a highly addictive hook… no idea what the instrument is but I like it a lot, but a minute in it morphs as looses me – C+

Heart Afire – Prophets Of Rage – Sure they were great live, this is still lame beyond belief – C-

79 Shiny Revolvers – Rayland Baxter – He’s against em – C+

Peace in the Family – Rhett Walker Band – Americana Christian, it should be worse and it has a nice sludgy feel and a screamy rockism – B-

Dreams – Rivers & Robots – It isn’t Rivers & Robots fault that I can’t hear another 808 today, but they must pay the price on this dreary bore – D+

I Was in a Cult – teddy<3 – catchy alt rocker of quiet significance from the transgendered woman staking her claim to a strong bassline – B-

Lunar Rover – The Ophelias – it’s like symphonic pop without the symphony -very impressive arrangement and sweet vocals – B

RIDE – Tobe Nwigwe – Art rap – C+

You and You Alone – UPPERROOM, Cody Lee – Bedsit songs for mammoth depressives – B

Talk – Why Don’t We – Pre-fab five boy band, but cuties. Out for One Directions fanbase and they could do it – C+

PettyWap – Young M.A – Young M.A. is going to go far with bars like “Uh, bag-flippin’, cash-trippin’, pull up Beat the block like a ass whoopin'” – B+

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