SONG OF THE DAY: Neneh Cherry ft Robyn – Out of the Black

Robyn is a huge fan of fellow Swedish singer Neneh Cherry and has mentioned her as an inspiration in interviews (and if you look closely in her video for “U Should Know Better”) you will see an NC poster in the bedroom scene.? That the two would end up collaborating is inevitable.? “Out of the Black” is a downtempo, funky track with a bit of glitch and improv-styled electro serving as the backdrop for the ladies exchanging verses and harmonizing in the chorus.? It’s a bit of a personal story and sounds like it would have fit on Robyn’s ‘Body Talk Part 2 EP.’? The remixes feel a bit random, which fits the song kinda perfectly. Joe Godard of Hot Chip transforms the track into what you would expect a Hot Chip song to sound like – downtempo DFA with a dark-yet-pop vibe.? Bouvet’s pretty retro synth-pop mix feels like what “Dancing On My Own” would have sounded like had it been on the ‘Pretty in Pink’ soundtrack.? “Out of the the Black” is from Neneh’s forthcoming ‘Blank Project,’ which achieves a unique experimental vibe by mixing genres like a multimedia tapestry.?? “Weightless” and “Dossier” are two other standouts from the album.

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Neneh Cherry ft Robyn – Out of the Black

SONG OF THE DAY: The Presets – “Fall”

The Presets have always had a dark tone to their music – with their first two albums blending ’80s new wave and rock with industrial and the piercing voice of singer Julian Hamilton.? The new single keeps that dark tone but contrasts it with a pretty, almost perky, ’90s synth groove feeling like 808 State as interpreted by Hot Chip or Empire of the Sun with a touch of atypical stadium. As a love song, it borders on emo (if not hipster) with the lines about finding heaven while falling into hell.? Dramatic, cinematic, and yes, again reminiscent of fellow Aussies Empire of the Sun.? Or maybe I just have Empire of the Sun on my brain because of the incessant YouTube ads.? Of the various remixes by Alan Braxe, Erick Rincon, SymbolOne, and Tomas Barfod, the energetic progressive electro mix by Hook N Sling stands out as being the perfect blend of aggressive and pretty. The video is spooky and angelic at the same time with guys sky jumping from a plane while either wearing masks or keeping their faces completely motionless through the whole experience.

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