SONG OF THE DAY: Milan & Phoenix – “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”


As an EDM journalist, half of the time my job is to play trainspotter and spot the sample. So when I got the new track by MIlan & Phoenix “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” I thought- what an odd choice it was to cover They Might Be Giants. Doing a little bit of research I discover the song was originally recorded by The Four Lads in 1953 as a swing record and has been covered many times over the years by everyone from Bette Midler to PJ Harvery to, of course, the beloved They Might Be Giants. The new take by Milan & Phoenix updates the track in the EDM style of swing, similar to the Yolanda Be Cool & DCup “We No Speak Americano” (which was also based on a 50s record). The track is energetic, fun, and feels perfect for summertime poolside parties. While distinctively novel in flavor, I could easily seeing this being picked up by a lot of people for their iTunes/Spotify playlists and maybe even making it onto the radio as a fun summer record.

Image Courtesy of Armada Music/Zouk Records.