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“Jump in the Pool”

Friendly Fires | 2008

Off the U.K. group's debut record, the dance-rock song with heavy drums was influenced by rhythmic South Americans. "When we wrote "Jump in The Pool," we were watching footage of all these Peruvian dancers shaking their feathers with all these drums," Edd Gibson, the band's lead guitarist, said. "We found it very inspiring and decided to capture a bit of that." It was one of the last songs they wrote for the record and it's where lead singer Ed Macfarlane said that "the Friendly Fires sound started to bubble up."

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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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