16 June 2020

2020 Summer Jam Week 6: Mid-June Blues

We've gotten to a point where we're existing in an unending continuum, people! This was a fun week, though. Some parts of the country are starting to re-open. And we solved racism, so that's good! The virus really isn't slowing down, though, and we're all going to pay for our hubris one way or another. In the meantime, let's kick back with some sultry slavic summer jams!

Hot Jam of the Week: "Forgive Me" by Chloe X Halle

This was a big track that dropped this week and has such a punishing, throbbing beat. It's sick as hell. The vocals are kind of typical Pop / R&B but they fit well. It doesn't seem like it has a ton of traction right now but it's set up to do well if it catches on. I want to see more 90s style girl groups getting hits this summer.

"Sadder badder cooler" by Tove Lo

This dropped a few weeks ago and I meant to ramble about it. It's a female revenge fantasy by way of Tiny Toons and it doesn't quite work, but I actually dig the song. There is a lot of wacky brutal Disney evisceration going on and I'm not entirely sure if it's condoning or satirizing the violence. Again, the synths and lonely Tove Lo vocals elevate the jam.

"Rockstar" by DaBaby ft. Roddy Rich

I really didn't hear this track that much this week, but that might be more a product of me riding around and listening to radio in the middle of the country. #1 on Billboard and Spotify this week, though. It's an enchanting track and clearly doing pretty well. It's already a contender, but doesn't feel as significant as a runaway hit yet. We'll see what happens with it.

"Intentions" by Justin Bieber ft. Quavo

This has been around for a while but I just heard it quite a bit this week. It's been in the background and I generally like it, even if the wordplay is crazy basic and borderline awkward. It slides into that EDM beat that Bieber has found as a comforting home and while nothing stands out as a monumental pop achievement, it's good enough for us. Our lives. Oh what an existence!

"Say So" by Doja Cat

She's hanging around! I thought this might be fading, but she was still pretty strong this week. It's a sexy track and I've found that I'm far from sick of it. It's racking up some consistent points at this point and may be forming a nice early lead, especially with The Weeknd falling off this week. We'll see, it doesn't quite feel like a song that can dominate the season, but it's still a fun jam.

"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles

Harry Styles gets back on the countdown! I didn't really like this song, but it came on this weekend and I found myself jamming out. Has it just broken down my defenses? It's actually a fantastic summer themed jam, and those usually work. Everything about it is pretty bonkers and it doesn't come across as a bop at first, but it does get under your skin. We'll see how it progresses.

"Sunday Best" by Surfaces

Okay, I didn't put this on a few weeks ago because it's so old, but it's crawling up the charts and getting a lot of airplay. Time to throw down! But it's so fun and positive. I had never seen the video before, these guys are douchebags, right? They seem like douchebags. But the song is good. That's what matters in this world. It's an earworm and doesn't really have a shot at the Crown, but it's good this week.

"Break My Heart" by Dua Lipa

Out of no where! This was the biggest song in my life this week, it totally found its way in my brain and I kept singing it to myself every day. It's doing okay chart-wise, but no one seems to like Dua Lipa. That might be because she's not all that great as a personality-fueled pop diva. The flow is so fun here, though. It's obviously a stab in the dark at Summer Queen relevance at this point, but who knows this summer.

Next week...

We've ignored "Toosie Slide" for a while now. I almost feel like this will continue and what once felt like a contender will count up to have nothing. "Stuck with You" by Ariana / Bieber was rattling around my brain and for the first time of course, we have no Weeknd this week. That's why it's the Week, baby! All these stars could shine again. Summer is just getting started!

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