Electric Guest- This Head I Hold (Rudi Zygadlo Remix)

Wow it feels good to write these things again. After weeks of mind-numbing work sometimes all you want is a couple of tracks that can get you to let loose. That’s why I’ve decided, for this, the second in a long string of Spring Break posts, to go with Electric Guest and the fantastic remix of their hit song, “This Head I Hold” by Rudi Zygadlo. Electric Guest have a fun story. The lead singer. Asa Taccone, is the little brother of a third of the Lonely Island, Jorma Taccone. Don’t think that this means that Electric Guest is some sort of joke (even though their music videos rock), it most certainly isn’t. The tune is something that a lot of you will recognize, but not be able to put your finger on. Asa has a simultaneously smooth and exciting voice that seems to be whispering the entire time. This track feels like the back room at a cigar joint or a speak-easy. That feel is driven home by the funky bass, bright piano, and muffled vocal. Don’t let that fool you though, there are a ton of electro elements in this track (I mean, c’mon, their name is Electric Guest), When the song really hits it’s peak, all of these electro elements that sat in the background suddenly come to the front, like a quickly played high synth line that dances around the vocal all the way through to the end. It’s a remarkably complex song and that is exactly what Rudi Zygadlo manages to focus on in his remix. They hardly sound like the same song, but if you listen carefully, almost instantly you hear the piano elements in the Rudi’s remix. Oddly enough, he makes the piano the true center of the piece and pushing the vocal back to merely a sample element. It really is a puzzle board of a remix and that’s what makes it so much fun to listen to. You can hear the basic elements of the original (like the piano and the vocal) but they’re changed ever so slightly so as to fit within an entirely different musical context, in this case indietronica/chillwave. It’s hard really to put your finger on what exactly the remix is in terms of “genre-specification” but sometimes those labels don’t really do the artist justice. I love remixes, like this one, that are willing to push the boundaries with a song that so many people will recognize. I think that, in this case, those risks really paid off. So please listen to both tracks below and tell us what you think!

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