1. N.E.R.D., "Spazz"
True to their acronym (Nobody Ever Really Dies), N.E.R.D. are back to let us know "We ain't going nowhere," with this slippery fun house of tight beats and fuzzy low-end. "Spazz if you want to," they say. We bet you'll want to. [HotBiscuits]
2. Sad Kermit, "Needle in the Hay" (Elliott Smith cover)
ScarJo isn't the only movie star angling for a side career covering depressing rock songs. You may remember Kermit's version of NIN's "Hurt," which showed him battling an addiction to heroin. Now, he's contemplating suicide while shaving, Richie Tenenbaum style. It's increasingly less easy being green, apparently. [Fabulist]
3. Tokyo Police Club, "Tessellate (Tom Campesinos! Remix)"
Tom, of the supercute Welsh band Los Campesinos!, tries to prove he has a tough side by adding lots of crashes to this newish TPC track. It almost works. [Ryan's Smashing Life]
4. Digitalism, "Idealistic (Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix)"
A remix that will make you immediately start walking to the nearest dance club. [Trash Menagerie]
5. The Fratellis, "Mercy" (Duffy cover)
With a new album and tour to promote, the iPod-commercial stars go to Radio 1's Live Lounge and perform a bluesy version of Duffy's minor hit and manage to slip in part of the theme song to British gangster show Minder. This would be sort of like the White Stripes doing a cover of a Norah Jones song and including a verse of the Sopranos theme. Wait, that sounds totally awesome. [Mixtape Maestro]