Single Reviews: Rita Ora, The Antlers, Love and Theft, Girl Talk & Freeway ft. Waka Flocka Flame

RITA ORA

"I Will Never Let You Down"

Roc Nation/Columbia

Rita Ora and "I Will Never Let You Down" producer Calvin Harris are doing more than just recording together, and their new romance informs the song's bubbly feel and effervescent singalong hook. Ora has already flashed many looks in her still-early career, but romantic, EDM-tinged pop appears to be one of her best-fitting outfits. -Andrew Unterberger

 

LOVE AND THEFT

"Night That You'll Never Forget"

RCA Records

The lyrical tropes in Love and Theft's new single are far from complicated, but the images of good company and a few too many drinks glow with a warm familiarity. The expert harmonies of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson ensure that the duo's latest is entertaining, if not ­unforgettable.-Jill Menze

 

GIRL TALK & FREEWAY FEAT. WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

"Tolerated"

Girl Talk Music

Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame both thrive when a beat matches their wild-eyed aggression. Fortunately, on "Tolerated," mash-up maestro Girl Talk's sounds are like a pissed-off marching band. The urgency recalls the highlights of "The Stimulus Package," Freeway's slept-on 2010 LP with producer Jake One. -Jason Lipshutz

 

THE ANTLERS

"Palace"

Anti- Records

"Palace" is a potpourri of elegant psychedelica: flanged hi-hats, milky piano chords, layers of muted trumpets. Frontman Peter Silberman's blissfully pained falsetto twists starry-eyed couplets like "He left the tallest peak of your paradise/Buried in the bottom of a canyon in hell" into stoned profundities. -Ryan Reed


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