TRICK DADDY Thug Holiday (Slip N Slide/Atlantic) On the follow-up to last year’s Thugs Are Us, the gold-toothed, Miami-based rapper has lots of company, including Cee-Lo, Big Boy, Scarface–and a children’s choir.
VICTORIA WILLIAMS Sings Some Ol’ Songs (Dualtone) The title doesn’t lie: Williams covers 11 ol’ standards, including “As Time Goes By,” “Moon River,” and “My Funny Valentine.”
JARVIS CHURCH Shake It Off (RCA) Nelly Furtado’s Grammy-nominated producer puts himself behind the mic for his reggae-inflected soul-pop debut.
VARIOUS ARTISTS XXX soundtrack (Universal) Vin Diesel’s action flick features plenty of hip-hop (Nelly, N.E.R.D.), some raucous rock (Rammstein), and a smattering of atmospheric DJing (Moby, Orbital).
ON THE SPOT Cool Songs From Commercials
The dreamy pop ballad heard in a recent Heineken ad is “Never My Love,” by ’60s California dreamers THE ASSOCIATION, whose best work was recently compiled on Rhino’s Just the Right Sound.
That head-pounding electronic track in an Intel commercial is BASEMENT JAXX’s “Where’s Your Head At,” found on their excellent 2001 CD, Rooty.
Baseball might be America’s pastime, but the music in a Nike ad starring Derek Jeter couldn’t be more English: “Roads,” by mopey Bristol band PORTISHEAD.
The music in a recent Wrigley’s ad is HARRY NILSSON’s cover of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’,” best known as the theme to Midnight Cowboy.