LCD Soundsystem, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" (DFA/Capitol).
Daft Punk, "Robot Rock" (Virgin).
Todd Edwards, "Heaven (OE Version)" (i!).
Justus Köhncke: "Elan" (Kompakt).
Out Hud, "Dear Mr. Bush, There Are Over 100 Words for Shit and Only 1 for Music. Fuck You, Out Hud" (Kranky).
Boom Bip, "Girl Toy" (Lex).
The Rolling Stones, "Child of the Moon" (ABKCO; originally released 1968).
Scritti Politti, "Skank Bloc Bologna" (Rough Trade; originally released 1978).
ET & Randy's All-Stars, "Ordinary Version Chapter 3" (World Music Network; originally released 1972).
Jah Division, "Heart and Soul" (The Social Registry).
Lethal Bizzle ft. All Stars, "Forward 2" (Relentless, U.K.).
Shifty Rydoz, "1999" (Ruff Sqwad, U.K.).
Shonen Knife, "I Wanna Eat Choco Bars" (Oglio; originally released 1986).
A Frames, "Eva Braun" (Sub Pop).
The Wedding Present, "It's for You" (XL).
The Tallywood Strings: "Territorial Pissings" (Vitamin).
Kiki & Herb: "The Revolution Medley" (Evolver).
Math is fun. And since the mix I've made this week, like most of the ones I'll be doing for this column, isn't organized by theme, I've decided to break it down, Harper's Index–style, by the numbers. Get your calculators and headphones out, and let's begin:
Number of late-2004 songs I'm only recently catching up with: Two—Jah Division (see Smallmouth) and New Jersey house-music production genius Todd Edwards, from a new compilation I need to track down pronto.
Number of good songs off otherwise useless albums: Two—the Tallywood Strings (from The String Quartet Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind, of course) and Daft Punk.
Number of songs I could say that about if I'd actually heard the albums they're from: Four—Lethal Bizzle (see below), Shifty Rydoz (from a mixtape I haven't heard), Edwards, and Boom Bip (I took "Girl Toy" from a Wire magazine comp).
Number of songs on this mix that are sequels to songs that start riots in England: One—Lethal Bizzle's ridiculous grime track, "Forward 2." Leaked on the Net early (the 12-inch isn't due for another couple months), "2" is the follow-up to last year's "Pow (Forward Riddim)," which was apparently banned from London nightclubs for causing fights to break out. It's also the only U.K. grime track being played on New York's hip-hop station, Hot 97—which doesn't mean U.S. rap audiences will be fiending for it anytime soon, but you never know. (Thanks to Jess Harvell and Julianne Shepherd.)
Number of "All Stars" who accompany Lethal Bizzle on "Forward 2": Six—Kano, Bruza, Ghetto, Flirta D, Knowledge, and JME, all of whom kick as much ass on the song as Bizzle himself.
Number of cover versions: Depending on how you count this, it's either three (Jah Division, Tallywood, and Kiki & Herb), six ("Revolution Medley" contains four songs—Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Wu-Tang Clan's "Reunited," Eminem's "Lose Yourself," and Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime"—and yes, it's precisely as dizzying and just plain wrong as that sounds), or seven (if you throw in "Robot Rock," which is essentially a re-edited version of Breakwater's 1980 funk obscurity "Release the Beast").
Number of songs here I really, really like: Seventeen. Duh.