It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. In this week’s big records, Jack White reigns with The Dead Weather’s debut record, we make a Discovery with Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot’s side project, Twista rips through more hits, and Sean Kingston has a shorty Fire Burning on the dance floor.
The Dead Weather, Horehound
The White Stripes’ Jack White has got another new band, The Dead Weather. But unlike the good ol’ boys in the Raconteurs, his new musical orgy brings back that dark, dirty, sexy rock that you’d let slide a hand up your thigh. It’s a seductive super group with front woman Alison Moshart from The Kills, bassist Jack Lawrence from the Greenhornes, Queens of the Stone Age axeman Dean Fertita and Jack White in the back on drums. However, he’s hardly taken a backseat—this record has got all the White goodness of heavy drone drums, with splurges on rough riffing rock n’ roll.
The Discovery LP has crashing cymbals, a dancy synth beat, and R&B pop vocals layered on top. It’s the kind of concoction that feels like it’s combining all the trends of what the kids want to hear. Not to mention who they want to hear—it’s the side project of Vampire Weekend keyboardist/producer Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riots’ singer Wes Miles. Somehow, the pair pulls their hit-making noises off together and their sound is a fresh Discovery, even their cover of “I Want You Back.” But their track “Orange Shirt” is just tasty enough to become your juicy summer song.
Twista, Category 5
Dubbed Catergory 5, Twista promises that these are the fiercest raps that he spins. While the new record might not knock you out, it’s more of the force of nature Twista has become. Especially with Busta Rhymes, Kanye, Akon, R. Kelly and a host of other cameos, he’s taking everyone up with him. This record’s got more of the ground shakin’ hits we can count on from Twista.
Sean Kingston, Fire Burning
The title track has already made me do some pretty freaky mcnasty moves. It’s the kind of record that makes you totally down with the nickname “shorty,” especially when used in the sentence, “That little shorty is fire burning on the dance floor.” Hot. In his debut record, Sean Kingston keeps the beat booty bumpin’!