Reviews of Singles From Tor & Sufjan Stevens, the Dead Weather, Buraka Som Sistema, Amanda Diva and Tila Tequila

The Dead Weather, kicking up a storm.
The Dead Weather, kicking up a storm. (By Ed Rode -- Associated Press)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SINGLES FILE

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

Tor & Sufjan Stevens featuring OutKast: "Dumb I Sound/ATLiens" Canadian producer Tor weds Stevens's whimsical folk (most of it taken from his '05 classic, "Illinois") to hits from such rappers as Big Daddy Kane on the free download EP "Illinoize"(available here: http://illinoize.biz/download.html). Stevens's delicate compositions get a little lost in the mix -- this track in particular just sounds like a really cool OutKast song -- but this is still the best indie rock/rap mash-up collection since Jaydiohead.

The Dead Weather: "Are 'Friends' Electric?" This new semi-supergroup features Jack White on drums (yes, drums), plus members of the Raconteurs and Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills' Alison Mosshart on vocals. Its new B-side, a loosely done cover of the Gary Numan classic, is a reverb-drenched exercise in garage-rock revivalism.

Buraka Som Sistema featuring Deize Tigrona: "Aqui Para Voces" The Lisbon-based trio is the leading purveyor of kuduro, an Angolan/Portuguese electro-funk hybrid. This bass-heavy, frenetic new track hails from "Black Diamond," which gets its official North American release next month.

Amanda Diva: "Get Money" (Junior M.A.F.I.A. cover) In its original inception, this Junior M.A.F.I.A. track was a little-loved misogyny fest. On this new version, from a Notorious B.I.G. mix-tape tribute, it's a brassy (if lukewarm) endorsement of girl power.

Tila Tequila: "I Love You" (Don Diablo remix) Can master remixer Don Diablo bring some semblance of non-awfulness to the toxic mass of hair extensions, bikini wax and glitter that is Tila Tequila? No. No, he can't.

-- Allison Stewart


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