Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There’s really no debating this, come on stop.
Y: The bright cinematography in Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” video evokes summer icy flavors and somehow makes me hungry. Here, Demi’s wearing a leather bodysuit and hanging with her girls, exuding an aura of no fucks while singing about a meaningless summer fling, possibly with a chick. [Complex]
Y: Jenny Hval’s video for her spooky song “Sabbath” was shot on a cell phone and her collaborator Zia Anger says it’s “best viewed on a cracked screen.” It’s fine for what it is, which is just ridiculous, dramatic, slow-motion silliness. [Pitchfork]
N: We can’t deny that The Black Eyed Peas are re-entering our lives. In this “Yesterday” video, three of them minus Fergie hang out in record stores with a retro filter. Honestly, it would be cool if it wasn’t the Black Eyed Peas. [Rolling Stone]
Y: Frank Ocean’s “Lost” is one of my favorite tracks on his debut. Major Lazer’s remix gives it a cool enough slow-wind island vibe. [Idolator]
Y: YG’s “Twist My Fingaz” fits perfectly in the evolution of G-funk and will be listened to while doing lots of uncoordinated Cripwalking. [Billboard]
Y: Chvrches “Leave a Trace” is some pretty soul searching: “I’ll admit that I got it wrong/ And there is gray between the lines.” [Stereogum]
Y: Normally I’d skip a record titled “YAS,” but this song by R&B newcomer Carmen is something decent I can jam to, slow and pulsing. It sounds like early Cassie. [This Is RnB]
N: Trina’s song and video for “Real One” is bad, but I do want the throne Trina’s sitting on and I appreciate when she raps, “Shouldn’t have never let you out the friend zone.” [Miss Info]
Y: T-Pain’s car-centric remix—his T-mix—of Jidenna’s “Classic Man” is how the original should sound and instantly makes you happy. We can all just pretend the original doesn’t exist and just listen to this. [Miss Info]
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