The Singles File

The Singles File

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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

Lil Mama featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain: "Shawty Get Loose" (Remix)

Seriously, what does a girl have to do to get her debut disc to drop? The new single from the "Lip Gloss" diva won't do much to extend her brand -- it sounds like a Chris Brown song, except for the part where it sounds like a T-Pain song -- but it's one of many hook-happy, glossy delights on her still-delayed first album.

Gutter Twins: "The Stations"

When not competing for the "Most Grimly Dysfunctional Former Frontman of a Great Band Most People Have Already Forgotten About" award, Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (ex-Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) teamed for this predictably great, predictably menacing exercise in Gothic blues.

Justin Townes Earle: "Who Am I to Say"

This spare, wintry ballad is every inch as great as it needs to be, considering that JTE is the son of ornery alt-country superstar Steve Earle and the namesake of the legendary Townes Van Zandt. No pressure!

B.O.B. featuring Amy Winehouse: "Grip Your Body"

Young Atlanta rapper Bobby Ray Simmons wraps some, um, juicy rhymes around a formerly innocuous, now pleasantly skeevy Amy Winehouse sample (from her "Frank" album track "Stronger Than Me").

Yael Naim: "Toxic"

This French-Israeli singer won the new artist lottery when her kind-of-creepy-but-mostly-charming song "New Soul" landed in the new MacBook Air commercial. This slow, grave, narcotic cover takes Britney Spears as seriously as anyone has in years.

-- Allison Stewart


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