Singles file: Nicki Minaj, Crystal Castles, U.S. Royalty
By Allison Stewart
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind...
Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem: "Roman's Revenge"
This riveting, gross and totally insane exercise in self-debasement (her) and reflexively violent misogyny (him) is the most provocative track off Minaj's upcoming "Pink Friday."
Crystal Castles and Robert Smith: "Not in Love" (GVNR mix)
GVNR adds muscle to last week's most-buzzed-about track, the '80s-tastic collabo between the Castles and the year's biggest "get" -- Cure frontman Smith.
U.S. Royalty: "Equestrian"
The District-based four-piece (which Esquire magazine recently dubbed the best-dressed band at CMJ, despite their fondness for ponchos) delivers a superbly folky, harmony-happy pop track, the first single from the full-length debut, "Mirrors."
Esben and the Witch: "Warpath"
Another exercise in sublimely spooky, Gothy electro from the recent Matador signees.
It'sTheReal: "My Girl's a Republican"
The rap-comedy outfit explores the pros and cons of having a right-wing girlfriend. Time elapsed before the inevitable "drill baby drill" reference? Almost three minutes.
| November 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Singles file | Tags: Crystal Castles, Eminem, Esben and the Witch, It's TheReal, Nicki Minaj, Robert Smith, U.S. Royalty
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