At the end of an interview I did with DC Setlist, Jennifer Vinson asked me what five songs were looping constantly on my iPod…
1. Escort – Cocaine Blues [Escort Records]
Slinky but chugging disco rework of Dillinger’s dancehall classic ‘Cocaine In My Brain.’ One of my favorite singles of 2010.
2. Mooqee & Pimpsoul – Keep Poundin’ [Bombstrikes]
Largely based on a sample of Buddy Rich’s cover of ‘The Beat Goes On,’ this is a swinging mid-tempo breaks monster.
3. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – Dog With a Rope [Tru Thoughts]
Will Holland further explores his fusion of cumbia and dub. Simultaneously ground-breaking and authentic. Cold weather blues antidote #1.
4. Incarnations – Make You Mine [Lovemonk]
Members of Brooklyn-based Phenomenal Handclap Band head to the south of Spain to create a breezy slice of Latin-grooved pop. Cold weather blues antidote #2.
5. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle) [XL Recordings]
The warm, thumping acoustic soul groove of Adele’s pre-album single gets an electronic reworking by Jamie from The XX, adding martial snare drums, handclaps and synths, but keeping the soul largely intact.