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The Friday Five: May 24, 2013

The Friday Five

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Keep on Movin’ (M Beat bonus mix) (feat. Caron Wheeler)” by Soul II Soul (from The Original 80s Remix Box Set: Massive Eighties Hits Extended and Remixed (disc 2), 2007)

I’m 100% sure this remix was commissioned well after its original ’89 run, as it bears all the trademarks of mid-’90s techno.

“No More Pain” by 2Pac (from All Eyez on Me (disc 1: Book 1), 1996)

I could never figure out why the hell ‘Pac would need to lift Method Man’s “Bring the Pain” hook for this otherwise banging track.

“Make Believe” by Pixies (from Complete ‘B’ Sides, 2001)

I swear, this came on and I thought it was The Lemonheads. No, it’s just Pixies drummer, David Lovering, stepping up for a rare appearance at the microphone. In a song that could have been written by Popdose’s own Jason Hare, “Make Believe” details Lovering’s obsession with one Debbie Gibson.

“In Too Deep” by JMJ & Flytronix (from Logical Progression (disc 2), 1996)

1996 is strongly represented in this week’s Friday Five. This bit of drum and bass is featured on LTJ Bukem’s debut release, Logical Progression. Bukem’s take on drum and bass always jived with my acid jazz sensibilities, and was far less aggressive than most of the sub-genre’s stereotypical beats.

“Beautiful Lasers (2Ways) (feat. MDMA)” by Lupe Fiasco (from Lasers, 2011)

As much as I love Lupe’s first two records, I just couldn’t get into Lasers. Based on his public tantrums, neither could Lupe.

What’s on your shuffle today?