New tracks by Lloyd Banks and Jamie Lidell
LLOYD BANKS, ''MY HOUSE''
Even though G-Unit lieutenant Lloyd Banks regurgitates the same 50 Cent-style rhymes his crew has been spitting for years, this track still thumps real hard thanks to yet another space-invader-explosion beat courtesy of newly lean superproducer Timbaland. Stream the track for free at Lloyd Banks' site, and buy it on iTunes.
JAMIE LIDELL, ''GAME FOR FOOLS (LIVE)''
Recently handpicked by Beck to open a few live dates, this Brit soul man shares much of his big-name admirer's quirky eloquence. Also following in the footsteps of Beck who dropped Guerolito, a remix addendum to last year's Guero, last December Lidell has a new odds 'n' sods release, Multiply Additions, which finds its source material in 2005's superb Multiply. ''Game for Fools'' sounds like it was made decades ago; its lived-in grooves are timeless, and on this live take, its slow gait is delightfully relaxed. Download the track for free here and buy it at Bleep.
DON LENNON, ''LAST COMIC STANDING''
''John Ritter died two days ago/ I saw a montage of his life's work on some entertainment show,'' deadpans this bone-dry singer-songwriter. ''They blew it all out of proportion the way that TV always does/ They said he was one of the greatest physical comedians there ever was.'' However blunt, the quietly effective track isn't mean-spirited as much as it's bittersweet and honest. With a guitar, harmonica and piano, Lennon pays tribute to the very serious art of stand-up comedy elegantly knocking Carrot Top while paying tribute to classic Bill Cosby. Download the track for free here.
LOLA RAY, ''OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN''
For better or worse, Richard Gere is not involved in this track from Brooklyn new-wave revivalists Lola Ray. Backed by the hookiest horns this side of Dexy's Midnight Runners, yelpy lead singer John Balicanta leads his group through a tricky track that hides its yearning core inside a playfully upbeat stomp. Download the track for free here.