There’s no denying it any longer, it’s cold… well, at least it is where we’re based. Mood Swings has decided that, rather than trying to fight it, we should embrace the chill and make music of it.
Autumn was quite late in Milan this year, but since a few days back it seems to be dark around the clock. It seems fitting with the craving for "cold" songs I've been having lately (the main reason for which I have dedicated my latest mixtape to Winter; should you be interested:Ubris Vol. 9: Winter
It takes more than a minor key to make a song feel cold, but whatever the elements used, the effect is quite clear.
This week's first example of this is Cyril Hahn's remix of the Destiny's Child hit 'Say my name'. The Swiss-born producer turned a pop hit into a brooding, melancholy affair. When listening to this I can't help but think of the rain.
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name Cyril Hahn’s remix
SomethingALaMode are a French duo made up by a violinist and a cellist. Their second album is set to be released soon (the first single, 'Architecture', has already been released), after a great debut back in 2009. Their work is peculiar thanks to the combination of classical and electro music, to great effect.
Their coldest track is the result of a sampling of Schubert; quite a big name to meddle with, but as is with the rest of their work, the result is really, really good.
SomethingALaMode - SchbertALaMode
Yet another Frenchman, Arnaud Rebotini, is back this fall with a new EP on The Hacker and Gesaffelstein's label, ZONE Records (NB: don't miss The Hacker this Friday in Milan at Tunnel club!). Rebotini has been active in the techno scene for a long time, coming from a musical background in black metal (the influence is quite evident), both under his own name or as Black Strobe. His new work, 'Pagan Dance Move', really gives you the chills.
Arnaud Rebotini – Pagan Dance Move