Kelly Rowland – Dirty Laundry

Household chores your editor needs to do this weekend… [Video][Website] [6.90] Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: To certain pockets of the internet, “Dirty Laundry” is a Beyoncé diss, the song where Kelly finally addresses what we all knew: that her ex-groupmate’s success ate at her. We don’t need that song, and Rowland doesn’t need to make that song. […]

Birdman ft. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine & Future – Tapout

I just won Find DJ Khaled! [Video] [5.00] Katherine St Asaph: Tap out, phone in. [4] Brad Shoup: I saw the title and thought Birdman was finally wishing us adieu. Maybe you’re sick of us breaking these posse cuts down, so we’ll take it by gender. (Maybe you’re tired of people saying “pussy”; feel free […]

Gold Panda – Brazil

Named after either the Terry Gilliam movie or the Men At Work live album… [Video][Website] [5.75] Alex Ostroff: A cavalcade of endlessly blooming, wondrous sounds, undercut so perversely and deliberately by the vocal sample that I’m almost tempted to award points for chutzpah.[6] Alfred Soto: Repeating the title as if it functioned like an incantation […]

Kenny Chesney ft. The Wailers & Elan – Spread the Love

“Love really really really is the answer.” – Bob Marley… [Video] [2.29] Cédric Le Merrer: Accidental Rasta.[2] Brad Shoup: Ruthlessly pursuing that vibe, Kenny reunites with the Wailers. Instead of the gawdawful country/calypso marriage of “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” he gives his full half-ass to a straight-up reggae track. (The Barrett brothers are […]

Gerardo Ortiz – Dámaso

“Gerardo Ortiz escaped unhurt but unfortunately Ramiro Caro wasn’t so lucky.[8]”… [Video] [7.57] Josh Langhoff: LIFE: In January 2013, the U.S. Treasury Dept. sanctioned and froze the assets of Dámaso López Núñez, “El Licenciado,” a top lieutenant in the Sinaloa Cartel. ART: Even before that, “El Licenciado” was a trope in Sinaloan corrido music, along with […]

Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La

Guess how much we like Disclosure?… [Video][Website] [5.86] Iain Mew: In retrospect, “Latch” feels like the breakthrough point leading to what has been a phenomenal year so far for great commercially successful UK dance singles. It’s more a quirk of release dates than anything that, of the two “Latch” collaborators, Sam Smith has managed to score a […]

Nine Muses – Wild

NEW HAT ALERT! [Video][Website] [6.56] Iain Mew: Slice any three seconds out of “Wild” at random and, unless you hit the piano outro booby prize, you’re guaranteed to hit vocals. They frantically fill any space left from the main melody with raps, “oh oh oh”s and even more of the melody stuffed wherever it will […]

B*Witched – Love and Money

Wake me when 5ive release their single, k? [Video][Website] [4.70] Katherine St Asaph: Not the Katy Perry we deserve, but the one we need right now.[7] Brad Shoup: So yes, it seems we did ask for this. Going the Kelly Clarkson/P!nk route made the most sense, I’m sure; this is not the pop moment to […]

Bruno Mars – Treasure

It’s pastiche-o’clock! [Video][Website] [6.17] Will Adams: The conceit of “What Makes You Beautiful” set to “Rock With You?” Sure.[7] Edward Okulicz: Mars is at his best when he is at his most ridiculous (see “Grenade”). And after Sting and Bill Joel facsimiles, moving to a homage that could be to Michael or Prince is an […]

Dizzee Rascal ft. Robbie Williams – Goin’ Crazy

Big dirty stinking hook singer. [Video][Website] [3.89] Scott Mildenhall: For the comeback single proper of a rapper who, as he acknowledges in the lyrics, has made lack of subtlety his stock in trade, featuring a singer whose last hit made his insatiable desperation for adoration clearer than ever, this is unusually unobvious; “Bonkers” it isn’t. […]