Singles 1/29

Don’t let a couple of those 7s fool you. The best week of the new year occasioned skeptical relistening, and it turns out Laura Mvula’s Nile Rodgers’ collaboration is too vaporous for my taste and Esperanza Spalding’s too scattered. But put them beside Grimes’ demented cheerleading anthem and Morning Msume’s good cheer and there’s a compelling anti-canon, destined never to trouble the Billboard Hot 100 top ten.

Click on links for full reviews.

Grimes – Kill V. Maim (7)
Seventeen ft. Ailee – Q&A (7)
Morning Musume ’15 – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (7)
Esperanza Spalding – Good Lava (7)
Laura Mvula ft. Nile Rodgers – Overcome (7)
Dal Shabet – Someone Like U (6)
Turbo ft. Yoo Jae-suk – Again (5)
Puff Daddy & the Family ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Gizzle – You Could Be My Lover (5)
Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here (5)
Granger Smith – Backroad Song (5)
Bonnie McKee – Wasted Youth (4)
Maren Morris – My Church (4)
Hailee Steinfeld – You’re Such A (3)
X Ambassadors – Unsteady (3)
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads (2)

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