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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Singles file: Da Phuture, the Weeknd, the Five One


Virginia group the Five One turns back to the 1990s and puts a hip-pop spin on “Closing Time.” (Andrew Markowitz)
Da Phuture:
“Stupid Dope Moves”

After percolating for months, this DMV banger has officially achieved mainstream earworm status.

The Weeknd: “What You Need”

The mysterious Canadian duo (at least, we think they’re a duo) are proteges of Drake and, if this killer track is any indication, pioneers of a new subgenre: smooth electro.

The Five One: “Closing Time”

The Reston outfit proves that ’90s nostalgia isn’t just for aging Pavement fans with this affectionate hip-pop take on Semisonic’s “Closing Time.”

Mindless Behavior featuring Ciara, Tyga and Lil Twist: “My Girl (Remix)”

The pint-size boy band reworks its first-class jam with help from Ciara, who does an age-appropriate version of her usual World’s Sweetest Gangsta Moll routine. Resistance is futile.

Fever Ray: “The Wolf”

Knife frontwoman Karin Dreijer Andersson’s contribution to the new “Red Riding Hood” soundtrack is a dark, bass-rattling, organ liquefier of a track that’s nevertheless her most accessible song in ages.

By Allison Stewart  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Categories:  Singles file | Tags:  Da Phuture, The Weeknd, The Five One, Mindless Behavior, Ciara, Fever Ray

 
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