Singles File: Tracks From Rye Rye, Born Wit It, Black Eyed Peas and More
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.
Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.: "Bang" (Cobra Krames Big Horns Remix)
Teenage Baltimore-based rapper Rye Rye may not be the most swooningly talented artist ever to emerge from the bosom of mentor M.I.A. But this supremely danceable remix, a riot of bass and horns, is the best thing she's ever done.
Born Wit It: "That Loud"
Apparently, when not sampling the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge," Georgia duo Born Wit It likes to smoke pot. Lots and lots of pot. They just wanted you to know.
The Black Eyed Peas: "Meet Me Halfway"
Come on. Don't be like that. This almost-sincere-sounding disco-ballad hybrid, the new single from the Peas' promisingly titled "The E.N.D.," is their most non-terrible song ever.
Sunn O))): "Alice"
For those who like their doom metal drone-y and goat-obsessed (that would be us), it doesn't get much better than the creeptacular Sunn O))) (pronounced "Sun"). The cloak-clad Portland, Ore., outfit issues painfully mysterious discs with songs that don't sound like actual songs, just long, buzzy, atonal things that begin at some point and end at another. Like this one.
Amynem: "Rehab vs. Relapse" (Cookin' Soul Amy Winehouse/Eminem Mashup)
You know how are there are times when you realize something is just wrong, but you can't look away? Because it's still kind of awesome? Yeah. That's kind of what's happening here.
-- Allison Stewart