Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads
Hail to the Thieves!
People get confused about cover versions. They are a labour of love, not some sort of disrespectful treatment of the classics. Everyone involved in the “Exit Music” project love the music of Radiohead – “Songs with Radio Heads” doesn’t attempt to replace the originals as “definitive versions”. Instead, like the Futureheads cover of Kate Bush or the Slits cover of Marvin Gaye, this is an exercise in translating well-loved tracks into a different genre.
“Exit Music” also taps into the dancefloor potential of Radiohead, long recognized by DJs ranging from Paul Oakenfold to the Scratch Perverts. The band themselves are devotees of both hiphop and dance music – commissioning remixes from respected figures such as Madlib, DJ Shadow and Four Tet. With an increasing number of under the counter remixes beginning to surface, BBE thought it was time to collect together the finest hiphop and dance cover versions of Radiohead songs. Ranging from gentle acoustic treatments to raw funky versions, BBE have taken the songs of Thom Yorke into realms even he couldn’t imagine. And with a new album from Radiohead expected in 2006, “Exit Music” may only be the beginning…
A1 - OSUNLADE FT. ERRO – EVERYTHING IN IT’S RIGHT PLACE
A2 - THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA – EXIT MUSIC (FOR A FILM)
B1 - TELEFON TEL AVIV FT: LINDSAY ANDERSON – STREET SPIRIT (FADE OUT)
A1 Everything in its right place by Osunlade feat. Erro
Original Album: “Kid A” (2000), “I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings” (2001), “Vanilla Sky” soundtrack (2001)
Original Length: 4.11min
The original combines Yorke’s voice (with variations in speed, pitch and texture), over a musical backdrop draped in a strange serenity. In contrast, Osunlade opens more forcibly with a colossal scuffed drum break, before Erro’s more measured vocal appears over the top. Osunlade then takes “Everything” to the Brazillian dancefloor with congos, unsteady trumpet and deep slabs of synth. A more global-orientated mix, with a clear hiphop edge, the producer has retained the nagging insistency of the vocal with the heavenly piano line. As the head of Yoruba Records, Osunlade is one of the most highly respected producers working today and is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album for BBE records entitled “Aquarian Moon”.
A2 Exit Music (for a film) by Cinematic Orchestra
Original Album: “OK Computer” (1997)
Original Length: 4.24 min
Cover Length: 7.20 min
Written for the final scene of Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet. Given the tracks visual impetus, it’s entirely appropriate that the Cinematic Orchestra should tackle it. Having soundtracked early Soviet cinema (Dziga Vertov’s “Man With a Movie Camera”), they aren’t daunted by the prospect of complexity. Their Radiohead cover is entirely instrumental, relying on the grandiose stateliness of their arrangement to convey the tragic message. Band leader Jason Swinscoe has been worked with the Ninja Tune label since 1997, whether dissecting 60s and 70s jazz, collaborating with the likes of Roots Manuva or performing with the Orchestra. A perpetual favourite with forward-thinkers everywhere, the world eagerly awaits the new Cinematic Orchestra album in 2006
B1 Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Telefon Tel Aviv feat Lindsay Anderson
Originally appeared on: ‘The Bends’ (1995)
Original Length: 4,12 min
Cover Length: 7,42 min
Originally from The Bends, this is a deeply melancholic poem, Telefon Tel Aviv have removed the defining guitar riff, to place their unique personality on this cover. The detached chanteuse musings of L'Altra vocalist Lindsay Anderson coupled with their elegantly complex brash electronics, guitar and piano ambience, comes at a time when down tempo is becoming predictable.