29 July 2019

Summer Jam 2019 Week 12: Into the Depths of Hell!

Did we really just go four weeks with no posts other than Summer Jams? The Lion King (2019) and Spider-Man: From from Gnomes (2019) came out, you know! Well, whatever. The real summer dish is the Top Eight songs of the Week - oh yeah! We're at a bit of a loss this week. Not too much action. So we threw in a bunch of weird shit.

Hot Jam of the Week: "Tempo" by Lizzo ft. Missy Elliot

There was definitely no other contender this week. "Truth Hurts" is still doing solid and Cuz I Love You is proving to be one banger of an album. It's a stealth mellow track and bringing Missy on to give her blessing is an inspired move. I'm not sure this is as catchy as "Truth Hurts" but it feels like a tight jam.

"The Archer" by Taylor Swift

Alright, I totally dismissed this track, but then in a YouTube binge of watching the final battle in Avengers: Endgame (2019) for like the 14 millionth time this summer, actually put this on in the background and it fit so damn well. There's a nice slow steady rise here that sounds like a Robyn song or something. It's kind of awesome. I don't think it's summer jam spunk, but I dig it.

"Wow." by Post Malone

Still good. I just caught this this week again and was like, damn this beat is fly as hell. I really like how it progresses and when it gets into that bit about Dak Prescott I'm gone. It's fun as hell, danceable, clubable, barbequeable. It's everything a summer jam should be. It hasn't quite ever reached ubiquity, but should get points for longevity. I might even call it Post Malone's best track, by far his best beat at least.

"Sweet but Psycho" by Ava Max

 I meant to throw this on earlier because it's still kind of a thing. Maybe not the biggest this week, but it needs to earn a few more Summer Points. I like it, it's engrossing and totally innocuous at the same time. I find myself still bopping a little bit when it's on, and that's good enough to make a good stake at Summer Jam-ness.

"I Don't Care" by Biebs and Sheers

This is back and actually producing a damned good run for what is now going to be second place this summer. I really don't care for it that much. I'm in a weird zone where I enjoy Bieber more than Ed Sheeran, which is weird. It's not really that good of a track, but is clocking the hours for sure this summer.

"Old Town Road" by BTS

Okay, okay, okay - I've been waiting all week for this. Sylvester Stallone. Rambo: Last Blood (2019). I guess this trailer came out a while ago, but no one cared because it's Rambo like ten years after it was already far too late for Rambo to be back. But "Old Town Road"? Really? REALLY? Like, the most memed song ever? In what has turned into the most self-serious movie franchise ever? I don't understand the reasoning here, but damn kudos for whatever marketing exec thought this was a good idea. The movie itself hasn't been memed enough because it's basically the end of the Internet.

"Truth Hurts" by Lizzo

It's amazing that we reached an all-Lizzo countdown in just a few years. But "Truth Hurts" is still fire and a damned fun jam to rock out to this summer. It's made a good name for itself and has five weeks to keep surging in a vain attempt to threaten "Old Town Road." It won't happen, but this is still fun.

"Senorita" by Camila and Shawn

I heard this a ton this week and it's sultry, sexy, smokey, summer salsa fun! Yeah! It's not actually all that high on the charts or dominating, and I apparently like Camila Cabello on a much higher average than the rest of America, but whatever. It's still a wonderful Summer Jam and has remained fresh to mine ears. We'll see if it can repeat this for a minute.

Next week...

There were a lot of new NF songs dropped this week...and I was disappointed to find out that they all sound exactly the fucking same. Oh well. I'm curious about "The London" or "Bad Guy" or "Talk" or any of these jams floating around the periphery, but none seem to be able to crack "Old Town Road." I didn't even mention its hot new BTS remix. It's so good. It's an endlessly remixable and remashable jam. It will never die!

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