Reviews of New Singles from the Clipse, Beck, Joker, Polvo, Jay-Z

Keri Hilson gives the Clipse a hand.
Keri Hilson gives the Clipse a hand. (By Jeff Christensen -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009


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

The Clipse featuring Keri Hilson: "Eyes on Me"

This Neptunes-produced track from the Clipse's "Till the Casket Drops," which seems like it's been out forever despite having not actually been released yet, showcases Hilson, who is fast becoming everyone's favorite gangsta moll.

Beck: "Sunday Morning" (Velvet Underground cover)

Beck's new record club will feature his made-in-one-day remakes of classic albums. This sweet, slightly befuddled Mamas & the Papas-style cover, from his version of "The Velvet Underground & Nico," is nice and all. But for anyone hoping Beck will bust out something truly righteous, like "Born in the U.S.A." or Queen Latifah's "Nature of a Sista," there's always next time.

Joker: "Purple Wow Sound Mix"

U.K.-based producer Joker is an early adopter of "purple," a hybrid offshoot of dub-step and grime, which, as this amazing extended mix demonstrates, emphasizes melody, funk, video game soundtrack nostalgia and bionic bass riffage.

Polvo: "Beggar's Bowl"

Back in the early '90s, Chapel Hill, N.C., was an indie-rock center of gravity, and Polvo was Superchunk's nerdier cousin. With Polvo soon to release its first disc in 12 years (from which this punchy, faintly exotic track hails), can an Archers of Loaf reunion be far behind?

Jay-Z: "D.O.A. + 99 Problems" (Wallpaper. remix)

Jiggaman's recent "D.O.A." may be Auto-Tune's final coffin nail (we're guessing it isn't), but not if remixer Wallpaper. has anything to say about it. In retaliation, he Auto-Tunes the figurative pants off Jay-Z in this over-the-top robotic mash-up.

-- Allison Stewart

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