Stacy Barthe ft. John Legend: “No Strings Attached”
Barthe wrote Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and her first bid for solo artist attention boasts none-other-than John Legend and a beguiling island groove.
Battles: “White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix)”
The Seattle hip-hop collective remixes—and nearly reinvents— the propulsive track from experimental New York rockers Battles. But they do keep the steel drum.
Bei Maejor ft. Waka Flocka: “Lights Down Low”
This Grammy-nominated R&B crooner—who should and probably will be more famous—gets Waka Flocka to add some stomping bravado to this seductive jam.
Big Baby Ghandi: “Hi It’s Me, Baby”
A deliriously funny and biting rap-rant in the style of Biz Markie.
This Brooklyn band features former members of Black Lips and Golden Triangle, and creates a wild rock mess akin to the second half of the Stooges’ Fun House. Awesome.
Dream Continuum: “B Free”
One half of this duo writes some of the interstitial music you hear on Adult Swim. If you like that well enough, check out this glitchy dance track.
Don Trip: “Like Me”
“I don’t give a f—k if you don’t like me" sneers this rapper. Whew! What a relief. Because I don’t.