Going Steady: New Singles reviewed 6-23-17 – 6-29-17

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Vapor Trails – Bare – This is what they say: “Cinematic vibes cleanse the pallet before the laser-driven cyberwarfare ramps things up with an ozone sizzling hook. From the shivering low end to the sucker-punch switch, Bare ain’t holding nothing back as he returns to the dubstep sound that put him on the map in the first place.” This is what I say: sounds like dubcore – C+

Sun Goes Down – Bruno Martini, Isadora – Brazilian DJ Bruno is money in the bank on this EDM version of a Colbie Caillat track – B

Perfect People –courtship – more EDM pop and quite pretty in a low key synthy moment – B-

18 Summers – Dillon Chase, Drew Weeka – Rap, hip hop, and dance all in the name of God.. no surprise that it is simply painful – C-

Signs – Drake This has been getting mixed reviews and sure, enough with whining about the women you fuck, still it is a sweet and cool trap happy beat with one of the great lines: “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning” – B+

Don’t Choose –dvsn – very successful r&b duo, like Majid Jordan, and part of the Drake continuum of advanced snoozers – C

Champions – Fall Out Boys – A disappointment after 2015’s personal bests, this is a crunchy typical sleeping tonic – C

Fool – Fitz And The Tantrums – They have the best pop instincts, analog dreams of soul inclusion, but the songs miss out – B-

Crew REMIX – GoldLInk, Gucci Mane – Smooth summer sailing, Guc just adds to Goldlinks major breakthrough, trap snap summer buzz – B

Moonlight – Grace VanderWaal – America’s Got talent winner sounds like a hundred other teen pop girls, but in a good way: catchy, inoffensive, lollygagging pop – B-

Four Cypresses – Grizzly Bear – So, how are things in Brooklyn? All beard and prog mood electronic whooshes – B

Tone It Down – Gucci Mane, Chris Brown – Hmmm, a jailbird and a woman beater join forces, ignore their own advise, and come up with a very catchy slice of r&b autotuned to an inch of its life, and trap beaten into submission –just like RiRi – B

Little Of Your Love – Haim – A nice little Mac So-Cal vibe, more than half Mac had last week – B

Omnion (featuring Sharon Von Etten) – Hercules And Love Affair – Pretty out there electronic mood music – B-

Hello Ego – Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown – Damn, and I used up all my Chris brown jokes a coupla reviews ago – C+

Bleachers – Jillian Jacqueline – Country music it says here but this one part hallelujah and one part heathen has cooked up a ridiculously catchy little ear worm that seems to have remarkably little to do with country , and instead lives in some sort of Julia Michaels vibe going down –  B+

Keep Me Sane – Kacy Hill – The Kanye West executive-produced album drops on Friday, if this snoozer is anything to go by he’ll have his work cut out for him – C+

Brother – Kodaline – Blah as fuck alternative folk rock band from Dublin, it took seven people to write this slice of Americana cum folk and not one wrote a hook – C-

Hammer Time – Lecrae, 1K Phew – More Christian ripe rap, nice hook actually – B-

Giants – Lights – In 2009, she was awarded the Juno Award for New Artist of the Year. I bet they regret it now – C-

D Rose – Lil Pump – The new face of alternative, brain beating, youth exploding trap… I buy in, for sure, but shouldn’t it be a little more in your face. Bullets are fine but they don’t actually hit anyone – B-

The Alien – Manchester Orchestra – More blah alt folk rock – C-

No Complaints – Metro Boomin, Offset, Drake – Offset brings the boujee vibe and otherwise it sounds like Drake guesting on a Migos track… in other words, very good – B+

Truck I Drove In High School – Mitchell Tenpenny – Brocountry lives! – B-

Intrigued – Nico and Venz – A Norwegian slog frpm the “Am I Wrong” one hit wonders – C

Go To War – Nothing More – Brutal hard rock – D+

Imitadora – Romeo Santos – Come back Aventura all is forgiven, this has a great hook and a smart bridge but it is soft and fluffy when it should be pulling you in, even for bachata – C+

Ghost – Secret Weapons – The horns are terrific but they are saddled with a lame disco beat – C+

How Did I Find Myself Here – The Dream Syndicate – If this whirligig of psychedelia vibes, Doors dreams and nightmares,and very winning weirdness that goes on and on and on and you never want to stop, even seven minutes in, even ten, has an answer to how these giants of the early 80s found themselves anywhere, it would appear to be alchemy. It takes eight minutes for the vocals to show but worth the wait as Wynn loops into your subconscious and puts in the seeds of doubt and mortality… this is something of a masterpiece – Single Of The week – A

Summer Body – The-Dream, Fabolous – Neither of these guys have lived up to expectations, this is MOR r&B – C+

Naïve – The xx – A beauty of a track, with a superb Drake sample. Better than just about everything on the album – B+

Free – twoloud, Murakian – House jam, sounds like the other Prodigy – C+

Hard To Say Goodbye – Washed Out – This is like  Burt Bacharach dropping mandrex into the bass of your skull, force yourself to stay awake and you might get high – B


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