Music for 1/1/20!!! Royksopp, Ariana Grande, JACKBOYS and Travis Scott, Great Good Fine OK, Brett Kissell

Artist: Royksopp
Title: Were You Ever Wanted (feat. Lykke Li
Label/Year of release: (Dog Triump, 2019)
Link: Apple Music hot tracks section

Music: Four on the floor kick, tons of vocal tracks, plenty of synths
Vocals/Lyrics: Going for angelic choir thing
Arrangement: Not particularly notable
Production: Standard dancefloor

Comments: A mash of New Age and dancefloor.  If you don’t like the angel vocals you’re gonna not like it and I don’t like the vocals.

Artist: JACKBOYS and Travis Scott
Title: Highest in the Room
Label/Year of release: Epic, 2019
Link: Apple Music hot tracks section

Music: Half sung, half rapped
Lyrics: He describes a groupy experience while he’s extremely high
Arrangement: Solid beat, too many one syllable vocal bombs
Production: Transparent and fine
Originality: He reflects his highness with trippy sounds in the arrangement. I like that.

Comments: It’s all right.

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: nasa
Label/Year of release: Republic, 2019
Link: Apple Music hot tracks section

Music: Sounds like a band, I assume she performs with a band.
Lyrics: I like the vocal hook Imma need space (song called nasa, puns and shit)
Arrangement: Live record
Production: Live sound
Originality: Outside of the vocal hook, not so much

Comments: Live mainstream electro pop, pretty unusual from my listening.

Artist: Great Good Fine OK
Title: 2020
Label/Year of release: Great Good Fine Ok
Link: Apple Music hot tracks section

Music: Full loverboy silky electro
Lyrics: Stupid and cliche
Arrangement: Layered and percolating
Production: Rich and manicured sounds, the best part of the tune by far.
Originality: Not a goal

Comments: Trying to grab some streaming penny fractions via drunken New Year’s Eve index fingers

Artist: Brett Kissell
Title: Drink About Me
Label/Year of release: Go Long, 2019
Link: Apple Music hot tracks

Music: New country/arena rock U2 blend
Lyrics: Is there gonna be a line about blue jeans?? Yes!!! Right on time.
Arrangement: New Country cheese with a trap beat tucked back in the mix.
Production: Arena cheddar.
Originality: Not a goal

Comments:  What’s wrong with white people?

YTD recordings listened to: 5
Good music, not list worthy: 1
Not good music: 4

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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