The Hood Internet prefers knitted bling.
Much like chocolate and peanut butter, indie rock and hip-hop are two great tastes that taste great together, as the Hood Internet has discovered. Since 2007, the Chicago-based production team of STV SLV and ABX (Steve Reidell and Aaron Brink) has been releasing free mixtapes of its clever mashups via Thehood
internet.com. Next month, the Hood Internet releases its first proper album, “FEAT” (Decon Records), featuring cameos by rapper Cadence Weapon, the Rosebuds and A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers. Ahead of Thursday’s D.C. show, here are four of the duo’s tastiest hybrids.
“Girls Just Wanna Fix Up”: In this bold combination, U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal delivers herky-jerky verses over Cyndi Lauper’s signature ’80s hit. Fun.
“If I Could Rock (It Would Feel Like This)”: Who knew that sensitive Swede Jens Lekman’s florid avant-AOR string arrangements could soundtrack R. Kelly’s randy club come-ons?
“Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker”: The Beastie Boys deliver their rubber-band verses over the jaunty piano theme from Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim’s DIY pop hit “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare.” This might actually rival the Boys’ original.
“Shut Up, American Boy”: Estelle’s 2008 trans-Atlantic hit becomes a dirty club banger thanks to the lo-fi jam of “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by the Ting Tings.
U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW; Thu., 10 p.m., $12; 202-588-1880. (U Street)