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by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2017


Morgan Y. Evans: I dig how catchy this is as a woman supportive anthem from a bunch of skinny British dudes. It makes you want to dance hard and high five all the cool, strong women you know. A lot of times depth has a hard time co-existing with groove and hooks unless you find a sweet spot. I mean, that is why some songs can be pure shit lyrically, but you still feel compelled to move your ass. “Alpha Female” reminds me of Radiohead and White Lies a little bit paired with the sort of relevant current events video aesthetic and sense of watching lives revealed through a camera lens that you get from M.I.A., for example.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2017


Andrew Paschal: This gorgeous standout from last year’s Potential finally gets a video treatment. Every piece falls perfectly into place: the summery, yearning vocal sample, the dense bass, and the sparkling, Caribbean inflections strewn throughout all cohere into a startling euphoria. Artists of all stripes have spent decades telling and retelling the myth of the “youthful summer night”, and James Hinton’s work here is a reminder of why we continue to do so, even after the idea has been trodden out so many times before. A delicate constellation of physicality and memory, aching and joyfulness, “Florida” retells the story perfectly with barely a word. [10/10]

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2017


Andrew Paschal: Big Sean’s latest is an anxious stream-of-consciousness narrative, his verse flowing over discordant and menacing piano with a horror movie vibe. He certainly achieves the mood he sets out for and pulls the listener into his own discomfort. Lines like, “I realized when it comes to girls / That chemistry means way more than anatomy” do not exactly make for the most profound revelations, however, making the track feel somewhat juvenile despite itself. Still, Big Sean’s emphasis on mood and atmosphere here make for an interesting and unusual listen. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2017


Steve Horowitz: “Going to the car wash….” whatever happened to Rose Royce? No matter, this video brilliantly exposes the show on the windshield thanks to the space age music of Teengirl Fantasy. It beats going to a Pink Floyd laser show or whatever else is happening at one’s local Planetarium. The cosmic sounds take one on a journey to the outer space that lies within. The mixture of the mundane and the magic reveals there is no difference between the two as we are only stardust. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

8 Feb 2017


Andrew Paschal: Following the exuberance and bombast of “WTF” and “Pep Rally”, “I’m Better” takes a dark and skeletal turn, making for the most classic Missy offering yet of her comeback. Supported by a menacing, minimal three-note motif, the track expertly applies and then withdraws the bass and electronics to create a sense of dynamism. Lamb’s laid-back delivery and carefree lyrics feel oddly ambiguous or even deceptive in the context of the song as a whole; he comes across like a mysterious character yet to reveal all of his cards. What’s more, the music video just further confirms how adept Missy Elliott is at synthesizing fashion, song, and dance to make potent artistic statements. [9/10]

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