@@@ Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa/Young Thug: Potion (Sony, 2022) It’s the kickoff to summer and somebody felt the urge to drop a Calvin Harris turd into the public sphere. Dua Lipa and Young Thug do a decent job of bringing some life into these sounds which are late ’70s/early ’80s electro funk. Lyrics are stupid and cliche so what you’re left is Dua Lipa’s sexy chic and Young Thug’s hip hop energy. Maybe a tad too much janky guitar work and a bassline that is half as funky as it ought to be on top of a boring ass four on the floor beat. Just sayin’.
@@@ Chance the Rapper: A Bar about a Bar (Self-released, 2022) I’m always up for a bit of Chance though it feels like he’s fallen off or been quiet for a bit. But this has a super fat chopped/glitched feel that percolates underneath his rhymes. Compared to the Calvin Harris biscuit above this 1 minute jam has funkier energy and more creativity packed into it than 3 minutes of Potion. Excellent sounds here, stacked and chopped and then abruptly done. I don’t know if a 1 minute track can be song of the summer but it’s a good step in the right direction.