The British/Canadian duo Koishii & Hush are having fun jumping around the decades. Their last single “C’est Tout Est Noir” was a modern take on synth-pop on which they enlisted the vocal talents of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor. For “I’ll Be There,” they jump to the ’90s with a modern take on big beat circa The Crystal Method/Chemical Brothers and bring baby-voiced enchantress Donna Lewis back to the microphone. Yes, the “I Love You Always Forever” singer is channeling her inner Saffron (Republica) with a vampy yet playful vocal performance. The remixes stay true to the original, just adding a bit of a different flavor – electro with a taste of atmosphere (Jayeson Andel), hands in the air (Musearctic), and progressive (Jeff Barringer). I wonder if Koishii & Hush will be tackling the ’00s with their next track… I can’t wait to hear their take on that random decade.
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Modern retro. The ’80s synthpop movement cycles through dance music
regularly, most recently with the NuDisco trend from a few years ago (think
Empire of the Sun). With a fresh take blending the classic sound with
modern electro, Canadian/British duo unleash “C’est Tout Est Noir,” a dark,
moody track that fits just as well on a club dancefloor as it does a
hipster hangout. Enlisting Duran Duran bassist John Taylor was a genius
move as he is a solid link to the ’80s, and his vocal alludes to indie noir
cinema/French films with spoken and sung parts (remember he also sang the
love song ‘I Do What I Do’ for 9 1/2 Weeks). The original version veers a
bit towards a mellow lounge vibe with mixes taking the track electro
(Vettenetter), stadium (Noel Sanger), and big room (Nat Monday). As a
preview to their forthcoming Odyssey album, it looks like Koishii & Hush
have some creative tricks up their dark sleeves.
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