Reviews of the latest from Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5, Nas, and more

By EW Staff
June 24, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Christina Aguilera and Adam Levin, ”Moves Like Jagger”
They hate-flirt on The Voice, but on this playful Mick tribute, Aguilera and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine have the chemistry of a real-life couple — one that loves to argue about who’s got more swagger. Aided by a whistling hook and a driving disco melody, Levine knows just how to woo his duet partner with pickup lines like ”Kiss me till you’re drunk.” B+Melissa Maerz

Nas, ”Nasty”
In a neck-snapping spiritual sequel to ”Too Many Rappers,” his 2009 tag team with the Beastie Boys, the still-nasty Brooklyn-bred MC unloads hat tips to his old New York stomping grounds, Jackie Onassis, and Funk-master Flex over a grimy, claustrophobic Casio loop. B+Kyle Anderson

Alex Gaudino Feat. Kelly Rowland, ”What a Feeling”
Not in fact a Flashdance reference — though the latest from the Italian house DJ does lend itself to strobe-lit aerobics (and if you’re handy with ropes, a well-placed water bucket). Gaudino pumps beats like oxygen into a Vegas casino, while Rowland’s rocketship vocals aim straight for the Red Bull-palpitated heart of the Ibiza/Fire Island/Jersey Shore party axis. B+Leah Greenblatt

J. Cole, ”Work Out”
Jay-Z’s promising Roc Nation rhymer finally reveals his highly anticipated, albeit much-delayed, first single from his forthcoming debut. Apparently, clearing a Kanye sample and usage of a Paula Abdul ”Straight Up” line takes time — but this lighthearted thumper is well worth the wait. A-Brad Wete

Michelle Branch, ”Loud Music”
After her country-road detour with duo the Wreckers, Branch returns to radio pop for the first time in six years. Alas, the song’s sonically crisp opening riff soon devolves into an innocuous sing-along — Hendrix and Zeppelin shout-outs notwithstanding. If this qualifies as ”loud,” then elevator Muzak inspires mosh pits. B-Joe Lynch

Wild Flag, ”Romance”
The recently minted supergroup summit of ’90s grrrl supreme — including Helium’s Mary Timony and two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney — fires its first salvo, all pounding percussion, surf-rock guitars, and do-the-Frug directives. If there’s a riot here, it’s on the dance floor; the song demands basement-party square footage for full-on group choreography. A-LG