1. Jennifer Hudson feat. Ludacris, "Pocketbook"
Despite the corny image of Hudson swatting away Ludacris for getting too fresh, this new track from her upcoming solo release does a good job of transforming Hudson from a Dreamgirl into a modern R&B star. [Mixtape Maestro]
2. Mercury Rev, "People Are So Unpredictable (There's No Bliss Like Home)"
We were definitely surprised when Mercury Rev dropped a spacey instrumental album for free (Strange Attractor) to accompany their new full-length Snowflake Midnight. What we can predict is that as good as this single is, people probably aren't going to pay for that record, either. [Are You Gene Hackman?]
3. Samba Mapangala, "Obama"
Just in time to comfort swing voters' fears about Obama's perceived exoticism comes this reassuring soukous ditty from famous Zairean singer and bandleader Samba Mapangala. [Ntwiga]
4. Busta Rhymes, "Packin' Them Things"
We don't know why Busta thinks Kev Brown's production sounds like Fat Albert, because it's about the only thing keeping the erstwhile Flipmode leader from sounding like a cartoon on this track. [Jump the Turnstyle]
5. Little Boots, "Bring It On (Leon Jean-Marie cover)"
With nary a cheerleader to be found, Little Boots still manages to get us worked up about newcomer Leon Jean-Marie on this cover of a track off his upcoming release. [Big Stereo]