Part 2 of the glorious gem that is the Fear of Tigers remix back catalogue is here, and sooo worth the wait! I’ve rediscovered how intensely I love his bittersweetly beautiful version of Ellie Goulding ‘Lights’ and rejoiced in replaying his recent remix of Bright Light Bright Light’s ‘Disco Moment’, as well as falling in love with a few lovelies that I HADN’T heard before, including the remixes of Vanbot and Studio Killer.
There are also great reworks of Sound of Arrows and Queen of Hearts, who Fear of Tigers will be performing with at 93 Feet East in London this Friday. I haven’t actually seen him perform live yet and the combination of all the acts on the lineup is IMMENSE, so I can’t wait for this one! Any London followers who like nu disco, house or electro – this is an absolute must-see!
Download the whole set here, and roll on Friday!!!
I’m going to start by putting it out there: this is one of my favourite remixes of the whole wide year. A brief background: Bright Light Bright Light aka Rod Thomas is a retro-inspired synthpop artist who’s on the verge of hitting the big time. Fear of Tigers aka Benjamin Berry produces what in my opinion is the best podcast around at the moment – The Guestlist – and also from time to time some music of his own, which is really rather awesome.
Speaking of the music, let’s get back to the remix. Laying its 80s roots bare at the very beginning, the stage is set for what is an all-consumingly, resplendently retro take. Where the original is pure bittersweet beauty, Fear of Tigers overlays Rod’s heartbreakingly vulnerable vocals with layers of 80s synths and stabs, vocoders, a glorious guitar breakdown, several large nods to Queen and sound effects that a Lady Gaga and Beyonce duet would be proud of. And the whole thing works – brilliantly. The result is big, shiny, unashamedly happy and, ironically, it’s ended up as a perfect Disco Moment in itself. Well, how about that?
The ‘Disco Moment’ EP is out today on iTunes, including the FoT remix, and you should go and get a copy here. I would like to point out at this stage that I already have, but being short on time it was easier to embed a simple Soundcloud clip than faff around with converting mp4 to mp3 blah blah yawn…
Also, Bright Light Bright Light was on The Guestlist a couple of weeks ago – you can listen again here.