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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Singles file: Rihanna, Tabi Bonney, Kindness


Rihanna dabbles in crossover club pop with the lead single from her new album. (ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris: “We Found Love”

On the leadoff single from her sixth album in six years, Rihanna enlists one of dance music’s top producers for this David Guetta-like exercise in synthy, crossover club pop.

Tabi Bonney featuring Nicole Wray: “Winner’s Parade”

The DMV all-star teams with the Blakroc vocalist for one of the season’s best jams. From his much-anticipated “The Summer Years,” which drops today.

Kindness: “Cyan”

Kindness is the nom de disco of the mysterious Adam Bainbridge, whose latest, addictively good new song hails from Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor’s increasingly formi­dable Terrible label.

College featuring Electric Youth: “A Real Hero”

The French music collective Valerie, from which College hails, specializes in nostalgic ’80s electro tracks like this sublimely sad “Drive” soundtrack standout.

Brantley Gilbert: “More Than Miles”

The closest country music scientists have ever come to a laboratory synthesis of Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg and Jason Aldean, Gilbert makes bonus tracks that are better than other artists’ actual tracks, and certainly more thundery — this cut from a newly reissued “Halfway to Heaven” being a case in point.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Categories:  Singles file | Tags:  Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Tabi Bonney, Brantley Gilbert

 
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