The Suicide Machines, "Punck"
UGK, "The Game Belongs To Me"
Underground Kingz is one of those rarities, a rap double album that doesn't end up feeling totally shaggy and unnecessary. While, yes, it does have some filler here and there, it's mostly a very likeable listen, and Bun B in particular is always a pleasure to listen to.
The Skoidats, "Rootsawalkin'"
It's a bit of a ripoff using the horn intro from "Guns of Navaronne" and then not have it be the song. I paused this and went and listened to that song instead and then came back. That said, this isn't a bad tune, thick with horns and with a nice, frantic groove to it. It's not the Skatalites, but nobody is. Except the Skatalites, I suppose.
Vertigo, "Coming Down"
One of the lesser known Amphetamine Reptile Records bands, Vertigo put out three albums in the early 90s before disappearing. The last two of those were pretty good, applying a psychedelic slant to their version of noise rock, resulting in a pretty tuneful listen. This comes from the last of those records, Nail Hole, although I think Ventriloquist is a little better.
Janelle Monáe, "Dance Apocalyptic"
Every one of Janelle Monáe's albums are a delight, so I'm not sure I'm really adding much here. This song is a real bop? I can say that, right?