Tuesday, March 01, 2011

"Man, If Life Was a Bicycle I'd Say That I'm Tryin' To Get My Pedal On"

This whole meshing of Indie and Hip Hop is a great thing. To me, Indie music is basically like saying an artist's style is original and different than all the other music that gets keyholed into genres. To be Indie, you almost have to have at least a mix of two different types of music or be nothing like anything you'd hear on the radio. Confusing enough of an explanation? Hopefully you get where I'm going with this as I try to set up a track originally done by @coldwarkids of their newest single Mine is Yours (obligatory iTunes link). I'd characterize it as a soft rock track where Cold War Kids lead singer Nathan Willett manages to croon you into a trance vocally over a soft piano laden backdrop. Real easy listening...
Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours (original version)
Seems like a whole lotta people seemed to feel the same way as other notable Indie acts like @PASSIONPIT and @OddBlood both took swings at the mellow out track. Not sure which I like better, but I'm leaning toward Yeasayer's synthesizers over Passion Pit's 80's sounding mix. You be the judge, both are 180s from the original and I don't think either fully did the original justice...
Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours (Passion Pit Remix)
Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours (Yeasayer Remix)
If you were wondering, I am saving the best for last because the Blended Babies mix of the original (without question) pulled off the best mix. Adding in some deep bass, a few well executed verses by @sirmichaelrocks, but still keeping the original hook was a great decision. When it comes to alternative Hip Hop, it's hard to do much better than the final product below, it's fresh on so many levels.

Cold War Kids feat Mikey Rocks - Mine is Yours (Blended Babies Remix)


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