One third of legendary New York hip hop ensemble Beastie Boys, Mike D, breaks out his trusty 808 for two reworkings of recent indie favorites. His take on Matt & Kim’s latest single “Cameras” (one of our favorite songs of the year) divides Matt Johnson’s vocals out of the original’s singsongy, cartoonish synthesized-horn backbeat and adds them into throbbing synth and skittering drum machine – it’s a vaguely sinister, appealingly different re-imagining. Check it out.
Matt & Kim - "Cameras" (Mike D Remix)
His remix of Lykke Li’s awesome “Get Some” continues to showcase his fondness for that pulsing, heartbeat-like synth line. It keeps that somewhat sinister element showcased in the “Cameras” remix: the song opens with Li’s vocals switched up, cut up, backwards, incomprehensible. It’s the last minute or so that is the most irresistible – that syncopated drum machine, pulsing synth, vocals like an echo from the bottom of the well. Awesome.
Lykke Li - "Get Some" (Mike D Remix)