ANIMAL HOSPITAL "Nostalgia"
Like the feeling it's named after, "Nostalgia" is intense, incandescent, and fleeting. Keyboards vibe-vamp by like foot traffic viewed from a basement window; samples vehicular and oceanic breeze in and out of the peripheral ambiance. Soft-focus daydreams seize the mind's eye, then they're vapor.
THE-DREAM "Sweat It Out"
Paul Rudd's I Love You, Man character might be the epitome of the ideal boyfriend, but summer-jam singer/producer extraordinaire Dream? Like a consummate gentleman, he warns you—pre-intercourse, yet—that the love you're about to make will be so seismically insane that it'll tear your mane up. "Girl, call Atisha, your beautician/Cause your hair is gon' need fixin', yeahh," he coos, later offering to cover the beauty shop damage. Damn! Somewhere, Smoove B is mean-muggin' it.
MODERN MUSIC "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"
The joke is that this song isn't about car insurance, like, at all; it's about how men are pigs.
OPEN STAR CLUSTERS "I Came on Too Strong for That Animal"
Root around on their last.fm page and you'll find a cache of what sound like deranged Flying Saucer Attack vocal demos. "Animal," though, is waaay more hardcore punk primitive. What's that Rick James used to say? "Cocaine is a helluva drug."