Photography by Ms Ysa Perez
'Night By Night'
As one half of the Montreal funk sensation, Chromeo, Mr David Macklovitch (aka DAVE 1) is openly fond of a smooth lick or two. Their new Eighties-inspired synthpop album, Business Casual, features the likes of Ms Solange Knowles (Beyonce's lil' sis) and La Roux. Here the PhD student (in French Literature, no less) tells us about the tracks he's currently got on "repeat"
"Certainly a contender for 2011's finest album (amazingly it was self-released and given away online). With its ingenious combination of spaghetti western guitars and high-pitched, sexed up vocals over a slow, sinuous tempo, there's no way not to keep this song on repeat."
'Big Bad Wolf'
"Obviously, I'm privy to the funky concoctions my little brother [A-Trak] and Armand Van Helden are cooking up. A likely follow-up to last year's smash, 'Barbra Streisand', and a polar opposite: a stark, minimalist banger with an eerie vocal sample. Yet, just as playful and addictive."
'Tupac Back (featuring Rick Ross)'
"Ever since 'BMF', Ross has been sticking to his patented formula of sparse flows and absurd hooks. For some reason, it never gets old. Here's my favourite in the latest installment of 'Maybach Music' rowdiness. Rhyming 'Tupac back', 'two glocks strapped' and 'the new Iraq'? I'm sold."
"Probably the band that I've spent the most hours listening to. The standout track from an otherwise mediocre album, 'Hold Me' features the group's signature snare-driven groove and harmonised leads, to which Lindsey Buckingham adds such an interesting array of guitar textures."
'Jam For Jerry'
"And finally, some funk. I have to big up these buddies of ours who recently put out an excellent album on DFA. Its centerpiece, 'Jam for Jerry', sports delicate melodies over a solid disco backbone and enough analog synths to keep my cohort P-Thugg happy."