The Wonderful World of Electro
I know none of this will come as a revelation, but there is electronic music out there in the world.
In fact, it is fast becoming one of the more dominant genres or styles. In Australia this week, the new album by The Presets is the highest selling album in the country while Cut Copy squeaks into the Top Ten at number 9.
What is even more interesting is the gradual encroachment of electro into the world of pop – Rihanna’s Umbrella was just about the highest selling single in the universe last year, pushed along by one of the phattest synth-lines ever heard on commercial radio.
Sadly, the inevitable problem arises – when genres become more and more popular, then less and less talented musicians jump on the bandwagon in order to make a cheap buck. As a result it is getting harder and harder to find really intelligent, interesting and creative electro music. It most certainly still exists – The Presets’ My People comes to mind as the most outstanding recent release – but you do have to sift through a lot of shit to find what sparkles.
So what I thought I would do is help you in the sifting of the shit.
Obviously, Diplo and MSTRKRFT are two of the biggest names going around at the moment, not only in electro but in popular music. But these two tracks show them both at the top of their game.
Betty is Diplo’s take on the classic Betty Davis Eyes, originally by Kim Carnes but famously covered by Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Duets (2000) (which isn’t nearly as bad as you might think, and is a secret favourite of mine. Paul Giamatti is excellent).
Leavin’ is MSTRKRFT’s remix of Jesse McCartney’s latest song.
I don’t want to editorialise much, but the original has to be one of the most hopeless, saccharine pieces of shit I have ever heard in my life. Despite the mountains of money it makes him, and the millions of 14 year-old girls who have his picture on their wall, I hope McCartney is embarrassed to put his name to this piece of tepid, boring crap.
Despite the unmitigated shite-ness of the original, the MSTKRFT remix is exceptional, even by their standards. If you have ever wondered what people mean when they say they can hear the sex in a song, THIS is what they mean.
My third offering for you is by a British band from Brisol, called Fuck Buttons. (Great name, isn’t it?) They are starting to generate some serious press from all angles, and are certainly worth your time.
Exciting electro news in the last couple of days, with word that MSTRKRFT will be coming back out to Australia for Splendour in the Grass in August. Now, there are a lot of people who have differing opinions, but I think these guys are the best going around. I saw them at Parklife in 2007, and I have rarely enjoyed myself as much as I did during their set. If you get a chance, put your dancing shoes on and get along to one of their shows.
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