Evidently, working as Diddy's manservant will leave you with one hell of a Rolodex: André 3000 kicks tongue-twisting game on ex-assistant Bentley's latest foray into music, while Kanye West slips into crooner mode for the hook.
''Sooner or Later''
''It's over, leave it!'' cries an anguished Pharrell over swirling guitars but his dreamy falsetto makes us wish this Beatles-esque jam would never end at all. For all the Virginia trio's spastic beats, melodic moments like this might be their finest.
Albert Hammond Jr.
The Strokes guitarist explores all kinds of new musical poses on his second solo outing. This standout cut finds him trying various combinations of lo-fi drum machine, ethereal synth strings, and a jaunty reggae rhythm.
''Gravity Rides Everything''
This spacey ballad was an instant classic when Modest Mouse first recorded it eight years ago. An Australian newcomer with a winsome wisp of a voice makes it even more haunting with her acoustic cover.