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: You may have seen Janelle Monáe’s artist Jidenna wandering about and wondered, “Why...?” Or “What’s his deal?” Because, as my good friend Michael describes him: “Jidenna dresses like he leads the Golden Lords and wants to take down Dick Tracey once and for all.” I’m in the same boat and still figuring him out. For one, that “Fancy” sonic jack distracts from the enjoyment of “Classic Man,” but there’s clearly a commercial appeal here. At the least, this remix video with Kendrick Lamar is a party I’d like to be at. [Fader]
Y: If Jill Scott would just keep dropping fire songs like “Closure” and never tweet again, she’d be cool. This breakup anthem sounds like a funk boss theme for a modern Foxy Brown remake. [That Grape Juice]
N: Covering The Weeknd’s “Earned It” requires a certain delicate touch and several acts have struggled with it, including Jess Glynne. Add Years & Years’ whiny cover to the bunch. [Idolator]
Y: Sevyn Streeter’s collab with her boyfriend B.o.B “Shoulda Been There” gives me just the right amount of shoulder bounce. It comes with a dumb lyric video, but I approve ’cause these two are cute as hell together. [That Grape Juice]
Y: Twenty seconds into this touching video by Kelela and Obey City, I’m ready to get up and do my own interpretative dance that will no doubt be bad. Kelela’s voice is slightly grainy and just gorgeous. [Fader]
Y: “You think I’m attainable” and “You think you know about me” are lyrics on Lion Babe “Impossible.” Yes, I like it. [Miss Info]
N: Ears still bloody from listening to Korn’s dizzying remix of “Bitch Better Have My Money.” [Rap-Up]
Y: Kimbra’s “Goldmine” as a song doesn’t fully move me, but I’ll give an E for effort to the gold props in the video. Billboard says, “a reported 400 square yards of aluminum foil and 700 polystyrene spikes were used.” Cool, cool. [Billboard]
Y: Future’s deliberate quiver-drawl on “Where Ya At” makes it the perfect song for seat dancing and/or lazy bar twerking. [Miss Info]
Y: Felicia Douglass, one half of Ava Luna, is moonlighting as the duo Gemma with producer Erik Gundel and their song “As Ever” is charmingly fluffy. [Stereogum]
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