Julian Casablancas: “11th Dimension”
As frontman for The Strokes, Julian Casablancas rocked. Left to his own devices, however, he prefers to shake his coconuts. Garnished with blaring synths and thudding electronic drums, “11th Dimension”—from the singer’s upcoming solo LP, Phrazes For The Young—is clubbier than a box of Larry Levan‘s underpants. But Casablancas sounds perfectly at home underneath the mirror ball. “I’ve got music coming out of my hands and feet and kisses,” he sings.
Shafiq Husayn, of hip-hop production team Sa-Ra Creative Partners, intones deep P-Funk thought-streams over a burbling stew of samples. Needless to say, it’s trippy. “You want to know what deep is?” asks Husayn. “Well, let’s see how far the rabbit hole goes.”
White Rainbow: “Tuesday Rollers and Strollers”
That’s one upside to the internet: If Portland-based drone-rocker Adam Forkner, aka White Rainbow, had to rely on the radio to hype the 18-minute “Tuesday Rollers and Strollers,” he’d probably be S.O.L. Even this considerably stripped down five-minute edit of the track might have intimidated DJs. But in the blogosphere, the choice is up to you. It only takes one click of the mouse to unleash Forkner’s skull-unfolding sound collage.
Thom Yorke: “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses“
Wild Horses couldn’t drag the Rolling Stones away. Bono just wanted to know who was going to ride them. Thom Yorke, appropriately enough, tilts the classic equestrian rock-cliché toward paranoia and dread. “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses,” from Yorke’s just-released solo 12″, finds him wholly disinterested in arena rock uplift. Instead, he summons his inner Damo Suzuki, moaning abstract lyrics over a hypnotic patchwork of diced-up drum samples.