17 June 2019

Summer Jam 2019 Week 6: Chat

We're in the heart of it now, folks! As we approach the thirdway-mark the race is heating up. "Old Town Road" is still a powerhouse, but a wee bit neutered at this point. It's the old guard, old news - the OLD town road. We need a new town road. Let's start with this fat British guy:

Hot Jam of the Week: "BiGGY" by BiG HEATH

Dude can drop some bars. I'd love to see this gain some traction somehow. It's actually a bit old by now but I'm down for how simultaneously furious and doofy it is. The beat could be fleshed out a little more but I think they wanted some room for how mad this cat's vocals are. You likely won't hear much more from this, but let this be NMW's reco of the week.

"Sweet but Psycho" by Ava Max

Maybe getting towards the point of irrelevance, but this track still propped its head this week and was still super addictive for me to listen to. It sounds like it should have been around forever and I really can't actually pinpoint when I first started jamming to it. It's around, not dominating - that sounds about right for right now.

"Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish

Still here, still a fantastic track, but "Bad Guy" was definitely starting to settle as a default #2. That seems to be where she's found herself on the Hot 100, but this just didn't do as much for my life this week as it has in the past. This jam has already made a great case for itself this summer and could jump back up at any point. We'll keep listening.

"Cool" by Jonas Brothers

Was peak Jonas really like ten years ago? I really don't know anything about the Jonas Bros outside of South Park and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2018). Is this good throwback Jonas? Well, who cares. This is a great pop song with weird Jane Fonda lines that I found myself humming quite a bit this week. The Game of Thrones reference is pandering as hell, but this list isn't made to judge these tracks. Well, okay it definitely is, but it's still rising across the charts.

"Cross Me" by Ed Sheeran ft. Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock

It's a bad sign that I totally thought this was Bieber. Maybe he picked up too much from "I Don't Care." Or we've unleashed a terrifying new wave of Sheeran vocals applied to more EDM music. Despite all this, this jam is catchy as hell even if the lyrics kind of mystify me. Who is crossing Ed Sheeran's girl? It's got lots of fun cross metaphors. I guess. If you can turn your brain off to that, it's a pretty fun track that is pretty fresh for the summer.

"Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray

I still pretty much love this, but like I said, it's getting old hat. There's no way this jam leaves this list for a while and it could climb back on top, especially since there's not really any serious other pressure from classic pop idols. Yet. This is a kind of genre-busting song that feels like listening to the future by way of the past. It's a lot to take in. Wrangler on my booooty.

"Dancing with a Stranger" by Sam Smith ft. Normani

My girlfriend is in this for Sam Smith, I'm in it for Normani, and everyone's happy. I feel like whoever is spinning tracks on my local radio station and I are the only people listening to this - it's not a huge boppy party jam or anything, but wins a place here out of ubiquity. Like any and every good jam does.

"Talk" by Khalid

That's right! Just when you think you've figured this list out. This jam really got at me today - it feels so much like a mid-90s R&B jam. It's so damn listenable, especially in the sense that it sounds like an old classic jam hitting the radio after years on the bench. What a wonderful track. Probably not actually deserving #1 but I dug it enough today for it to earn the spot.

Next week...

Tay Sway just dropped a fantastic gay pride jam that reminds me a little of Conner4Real, but is hip enough to do something. Katy appears in the video in what can only be an attempt at squashing a beef that these two stars must have realized no one cared about against he backdrop of their increasing irrelevancy. Speaking of that, Katy Perry is still around and I need to start paying more attention to Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" which is as awesome as it is old. Maybe that shouldn't matter. Other than that, we have our usual crew of "The London" and Post Malone hanging around. Anyone can poke their head in. Stay tuned, listeners!

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