Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.

Deerhoof: "Lose My Breath"

These avant-rockers adapt an old My Bloody Valentine song to their quirky, childlike approach with such ease, it's tough not to wonder what magic they could work on Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath."

Shakira, featuring Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie (DJ Kazzanova Remix)"

"Hips Don't Lie" was already a contender for "summer jam 2006" before receiving this punchy reggaeton makeover. Will the galloping snare drums help Shakira trump Rihanna's "S.O.S." and Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous"? Roll down your car windows at any stoplight and start tallying votes.

Rick Ross, featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy: "Hustlin Remix"

Was it the eerie organ track? His hypnotic baritone? That expertly manicured beard? Whatever it was, Rick Ross put us in a trance this spring with "Hustlin." On the remix, a feisty Young Jeezy jolts us from our stupor while Jay-Z outlines his summer vacation plans: "We don't resort to violence/We on resorts and islands."

Prototypes: "Medicalement"

They're cute. They're French. They're Jazzercizing their way into our hearts with a bubbly electro-pop tune that wouldn't sound out of place on the Cartoon Network.

Pink Spiders: "Razor Blade"

If you're tired of waiting for a certain aging power-pop band (rhymes with geezer) to return to greatness, give these Nashville upstarts a try. Their jangly "Razor Blade" is as catchy as it is sharp.

-- Chris Richards

© 2006 The Washington Post Company