Janelle Monae: “Tightrope” (Remix Organized Noize Ft. Big Boi)
Future funk fembot and ambassador to the androids Janelle Monae is giving her universally acclaimed LP The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) the old once-over, cherry-picking tracks to re-mix, re-imagine and re-cast in her image. Up first, the sonic architects of too many Outkast hits to tally, Organized Noize, give Janelle’s home-grown dance craze “Tightrope” the Dungeon Family twist.
Motion City Sound: “Cut Your Hair‘
Considering the pants-wetting hullabaloo surrounding their current reunion tour, Pavement’s cultural relevance (and recognition, for that matter) is at an all time high. Even still, their fans aren’t exactly young. Which is why this cover of their biggest hit by younger-fan-having synth-pop juggernaut Motion City Soundtrack is awesome–maybe some of these kids will go out and buy Slanted Enchanted or Crooked Rain. Isn’t that what these things are for? To turn people onto stuff you’ve always loved? At least, we hope it is.
Crocodiles: “Sleep Forever”
Crocodiles’ swimming-in-space garage-pop met an interesting foil in the making of their new album, Sleep Forever: James Ford, one-half of Simian Mobile Disco and producer to such artists as Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons. The title track is our first listen, a predictably swirling, oftentimes beautiful psych odyssey that proves the infamous Joshua Tree (and, obviously, the band) hasn’t lost its supernatural influence.
N.E.R.D.: “Hot-N-Fun” (Yeasayer Remix)
Of all those who’ve contributed to N.E.R.D.’s “Hot-N-Fun” remix EP–Hot Chip, Boys Noise, Nero and Crookers among them–there can’t be many more oddball than Yeasayer. True to form, the Brooklyn troupe turn in a madcap, club-ready banger built on slowed, shuffling funky house drums and curious synth whirls.