Mr. Robot and Fight Club: semi-spoiler alert.
People lose their minds. It happens every day.
But when TV or movie characters go off the deep end, Hollywood often embellishes this common occurrence of life. Hollywood enhances mental illness by curating a soundtrack that represents instability. One song that has appeared multiple times on these “insanity soundtracks” is “Where is My Mind” by the band Pixies. After the unnamed protagonist of Fight Club kills his dissociated personality by shooting himself through the cheek, “Where is My Mind” plays as the protagonist and Marla watch the buildings containing credit card companies’ records explode. Here’s that ending scene from Fight Club:
USA Network’s Mr. Robot has striking similarities to Fight Club. Elliot, the hacker protagonist of Mr. Robot, is also delusional, and at the end of episode 9, Parisian pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin‘s cover of “Where is My Mind” is playing in the background. Both Maxence Cyrin’s cover and the original Pixies song are not only timeless tracks, but they are also appropriate in both Mr. Robot and Fight Club. Well done, Hollywood – your track selection is impeccable. Listen to Cyrin’s lovely Pixies cover here:
“Can’t Do Without You” is a slow burner of a track that mounts into a euphoric exploration of emotion, youth, and beauty. It’s a palatial soundscape which folds and flows endlessly to the very nerve endings in our toes, fingertips, and the hairs on the nape of our necks. Caribou, upon its release, redefined his career as an IDM staple with the track becoming one of the dark horses of the 2015 Ibiza and festival season (especially after the release of the Mano le Tough and Tale of Us remix). These are mighty large shoes to fill. Ones that require craftiness, an urge to experiment, and an apparent love of the source material.
With Manila Killa, the track becomes a spectral, plush, ghostly floatation device: constantly lifting, warming, and pushing beyond the stars into the night sky. If there was a genre called “stargaze house,” this would be it. Borrowing elements of future bass, specifically the combination of kicks and snares, it would be unfair to call this version of Caribou’s classic a straightforward remix; it’s a cover that features new vocals from French musician Kidswaste as well as an entirely new musical structure aside from the main chord progression. The real star of the show is the use of ambience built from the use of pads, warm piano, and a symphony of strings so ornate they border on sinful. The ethereal, enveloping textures tie the song together like a pair of loved, worn in sneakers. There’s something about the track that just feels like home.
This is what it’s like to kiss in the rain. This is what it’s like to fall in love. This is what it’s like to look back at fond memories. Manila Killa knows feels – and we expect you to have them when you listen to this rework.
You may have seen our post about MONAKR last week. Well, I’m sorry, but I have to bring this stellar Chicago-based collaboration to your attention once more. You see, they were whetting our palate with their previous releases – today MONAKR uploaded a spectacular rendition of Massive Attack’s classic “Teardrop.” So sit back, relax, but brace yourself – MONAKR’s gonna rock you to wonderland! Listen to and download for free here:
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Brooklyn duo Brasstracks has been s l a y i n g, creating their own genre of extravagant future brass. Their live action horns and percussion are out of this world. They’ve worked with everyone from Moving Castle to Film Noir to every other über cool producer and collective taking over Soundcloud.
i.e. They dropped this phenomenal trapsterpiece with KRNE and Alexander Lewis yesterday. The dynamic between these producers is insane and calls for more collaboration because this track is ridiculously good.
Today, they dropped the most brilliant cover of Drake’s “Trophies”. This track is 3+ minutes of full-bodied, brasstastic awesomeness, unique and completely unlike anything I could’ve expected. The track lacks vocals, which is the greatest blessing because it allows you to hear all of the crazy intricacies of this cover. It is so dramatic and obviously well thought out. Brasstracks sincerely thinks about every detail of their tracks and perfects it. This track is a flawless string of fire emojis. You will have this one spinning on repeat.
Brasstracks definitely deserves a trophy for this flaming hot cover.
Update: You can now DL this hot track fo free via the amazingness that is ToneDen. Thank you Brasstracks.
Being a longtime Nirvana fan, I have a hard time listening to covers of their songs. Like many Beatles fans, I believe you should leave perfection be. Pigeons and Planes had other plans. In celebrating Kurt Cobain’s birthday (February 20), Pigeons and Planes will be releasing a free covers compilation titled Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well. The first of many covers was released last week but the entire album will be available to download on February 20th.
Electronic soul singer-songwriter JMSN flawlessly covered “Rape Me”. As opposed to Cobain’s very angry, tortured vocals, JMSN provides more devastating, distressed lyrics. The cover is beautifully produced and really allows JMSN’s yearning lyrics to be the main focus. JMSN adds his stylistic qualities while maintaining the integrity and overall vibe of the original. His down-tempo cover is very mindful and genuine, two qualities you don’t always find in an artist, let alone a cover. Suffice to say, this cover is breathtaking.