We waxed enthusiastic about Sidhu Moose Wala’s fascinating hybrid of bhangra and Stefflon Don, and Lim Kim and King Princee more than did their part. I was less moved by The 1975 — when they turn slow I can’t take no mo.
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“Who’s Stephen Malkmus?” the student who introduced me to Beabadoobee last week asked. “A cool name,” I told her. The Filipino-British singer-songwriter releases a crunchy tune that fans of Dinosaur, Jr. and Juliana Hatfield will appreciate. She and Ashnikko led a pack which included Frank Ocean, Coldplay, and Selena Gomez.
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Nostalgia clouded my thinking. We have a weakness for what I call buttermilk disco: thick and creamy and very white and if consumed regularly unhealthy. But Friendly Fires’s return was welcome enough to soar to the top of my singles list this week. I still play Holy Ghost!’s debut.
As for Soccer Mommy, may Sophie Allison keep writing sketches this anguished.
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Friendly Fires – Silhouettes (7)
Soccer Mommy – Lucy (7)
Summer Walker ft. Bryson Tiller – Playing Games (7)
Gryffin, Gorgon City & AlunaGeorge – Baggage (6)
French Montana ft. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian – Writing on the Wall (6)
Liz Phair – Good Side (5)
Andrea Bocelli ft. Ellie Goulding – Return to Love (5)
Katy Perry – Harleys in Hawaii (4)
Regard – Ride It (4)
Niall Horan – Nice To Meet Ya (4)
Tainy, Anuel AA & Ozuna – Adicto (3)
Blackbear – Hot Girl Bummer (3)
Jennifer Lopez – Baila Conmigo (3)
Juice WRLD ft. NBA YoungBoy – Bandit (1)
This looked like a dismal week until Samthing Soweto’s shimmery thing wouldn’t leave my head. If I lived in cooler climes, I’d say it’s a perfect Song of the Summer; instead, I live four miles south of Doral, saved a G7 conference.
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Samthing Soweto ft. Shasha, DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small – Akulaleki (8)
Caroline Polachek – So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings (7)
Shiina Ringo – Open Secret (7)
Lizzo – Good As Hell (6)
Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving (6)
Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours (5)
Chromatics – You’re No Good (4)
Harry Styles – Lights Up (4)
SuperM – Jopping (4)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen (3)
Sam Hunt – Kinfolks (3)
Foster The People – Pick U Up (1)
A helluva week, DaBaby heading it with a punchy autobiographical number whose rue is earned, and Georgia and Arin Ray-Kehlani not far behind. Continue reading
Critics, male and female, overpraise female artists for singing and writing about sex, a colleague justly wrote about “One Night Standard.” It’s easy to sing or write badly about sex. Ashley McBryde, responsible for a sturdy 2018 debut, doesn’t. The odd stresses make “One Night Standard” fitting company for the best of Girl Going Nowhere. For an example of uneven sex songs, play Tyler’s gauche “A Boy is a Gun.”
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I’ve loved “Wish Wish” since I reviewed the Khaled album last May; we’ve heard so many Cardi and guest-Cardi vocals in the last eighteen months that its savagery and focus are tonics (speaking of savagery: 21 Savage acquits himself solidly). More than a year after its release, Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain keeps releasing singles and wearing down my resistance. Finally, a pity Olly Alexander couldn’t coax anything but the tried-and-true from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Continue reading