@@@ Queen Herby: Check (Checkbook, 2020) I got to this Missy Elliott inspired single via a music publicist email. As you can see from the video below this tune is a mad clam bake and the lead MC is all right but the sounds do not have that Missy funk to them. Also we must respect Missy’s sophisticated rhythmic relationship to the sounds that percolate beneath her singing. Energy is high, rhymes pretty standard, sounds need to get to the gym but they can’t cuz ‘rona!
@@@ Dua Lipa: Break My Heart (Warner, 2020) Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section. What tune is she biting with that riff? Damn you slow hard drive!!! Ms. Lipa has a pretty impressive resting bitch face and a huge voice in this track but, fuck it’s a permutation of Another One Rides the Bus. Whoever did these sounds (prolly not Dua Lipa) spent some time filing this big ass disco tune smooth and polished — every hair in this eyebrow is plucked. Great production sounds, arrangement is okay but points off for biting another tune so hard, I like her voice but they make her a tad too diva-ish, and the lyrics well these lyrics wouldn’t hold together as toilet paper unless you wipe super gently.
@@@ Ooh La La: Run the Jewels (BMG, 2020) Comin’ in crooked with a demented piano sample before the beat and the fat bass enters. I like that. Tradin’ verses sittin post-retro they get into some high quality microphone work. Lyrics are raw but not super pornographic, a few political references tucked in. I like the space they made for the turntable but the hook is meh. I’m a fan, not a hater, callin ’em as I see em.
YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not list worthy: 124
Not good music: 95
Honorable Mentions: 0
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