The first, probably my favorite single of the year
The second, from 2004
I can't hear nine years of advance between these songs, formally, or even technically / production-wise
If anything, the earlier song sounds more advanced in some respects (those stereo-snaking hi-hat sounds).
"Gas Pedal", when I hear it, does give me that "nowtro", "it's 2013" feeling
Yet it achieves that effect without making "Drop It Like It's Hot" sounding particularly dated
Because there really should be an audible time gulf, comparable to the sonic distance between "Dance To the Music" /"Mother Popcorn"/"Sophisticated Sissy" (1969) and "Knee Deep"/ "In the Stone"/"More Bounce To the Ounce" (1979)
(I wrote about this temporal trompe effect before in respect of Ludacris, "What's Your Fantasy", which I heard for the first time in ages on the radio and for about 30 seconds was, 'what the fuck???" as in this sounds way ahead of everything else on the radio -- before realising that it was in fact a golden oldie, the equivalent of some Radio One DJ in the New Wave late 70s playing a track off Rubber Soul or Aftermath).
The sonic inventiveness of "Gas Pedal" is undeniable but equally undeniable to me is the sense that the record could just as easily have been invented in 2004 - it's techno-like hallucinatory feel not far from "Get Off Me" by Ludacris or Ying Yang Twins's "Pull My Hair"