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“Grip Like a Vice”

The Go! Team | 2007

Lead "cheerleader" Ian Parton created this pastiche using vocal samples from a 1985 documentary, found sounds and live drums. "Most Go! Team songs are about four or five different ideas stapled together, normally from widely divergent sources," Parton explained. "On this song, I was really interested in how super-cheeky kind of electro early-Eighties kind of rock-party song could be welded onto something with a more kind of dark, garage-y, Sonic Youth-y kind of feel, as well." He also experimented with "sassy Eighties lady rapping rubbing shoulders with discordant warped guitars," which was "uncharted territory" for him.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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