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!!!
Aid and Visitor and remix, oh my!!! Praise be to the musical powers that be, because one of my fave indie electronica bands, Visitor, is back with a bang! If you don’t know who they are, all you need to know is this: they’ve released on Alan Braxe’s Vulture label, they make quality 80s/disco-inspired indie synth pop and they are here to rock your ears!
Especially with a remix of a producer as talented as Monsieur Adi – Adi & Visitor is a GENIUS combination. Taking the high drama of his debut single ‘Fire Fire Fire’, Visitor somehow manage to mellow it out a little and yet add extra synth-rock glitter and glamour all at the same time.
Prepare to feel GOOD, because Fear of Tigers is giving away two free compilations of his best remixes to date, and the first one is here! Covering 2006-2009, these remixes for the likes of Pnau, La Roux, Mille, Visitor and Sound of Arrows demonstrate Mr Tigers’ talent for adding his burning bright, 80s-hued golden touch to tracks from a hugely diverse range of artists.
My personal favourite from Part 1 is his remix of Visitor ‘Los Feeling’, but his rework of The Sound of Arrows comes a close second. Which is handy really because it turns out that FoT, The Sound of Arrows and Visitor will all be performing in London at 93 Feet East on 11th November. Sooo, that’s 3 of my favourite nu-disco acts together in one venue in my hometown – doesn’t. Get. Better!!!
To listen to/download Fear of Tigers’ The Remixes Part 1, click here.
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.