The artist formerly known as Emil & Friends has leveled up to now just Emil and returns with a remix of the #relevant single from everyone’s favorite French band, Phoenix and their single “Trying To Be Cool”. Emil’s take really highlights the crisp sunny vibes and finds a nice middle ground between smooth and bloghaus banger. Not only did Emil remix but he decided to team up with his longtime illustrator friend Chris DeLorenzo to create a very Pee Wee’s Adventure style animated video. Watch the video above, stream and download the remix below.
If you are in NYC, come check out Emil & Friends at The Studio at Webster Hall on August 15.
Download: Phoenix – Be Cool (EMiL Remix)
“A lot of my friends are on the road, playing late night TV shows, or they’re on set with a busy crew filming till they can’t stay awake, or they’re in the office or classroom working hard with a lot to show for it everyday. They wonder what I’ve been up to in the studio, and surely a lot of them are quite nervous for me. It is exciting to know the opportunity is coming to share everything I’ve been assembling in the bat cave. But not yet…still loads to be done… plus I want 2 hit the beach.” – Emil
Todd Edwards graces Phoenix once again this time with a remix of “Entertainment”, a moody groove take on Phoenix’s epic indie pop. Todd holds back on his signature cut up style until the chorus adding to the restraint and vibes of this remix. It is quite a #relevant time for Mr. Todd Edwards as he teams up with such big players in the French music scene.
Blood Orange transforms Phoenix’s “Entertainment” into a 90s RnB track that sounds like it was supposed to be on the Romeo+Juliet Soundtrack. A lovely re-visioning of Phoenix’s cryptic and profound lyrics and melodies.
Phoenix unleashes the electrifying first single “Entertainment” off of their new album “Bankrupt!” out in April. It is a full-on Pop tune that sounds like every tune of theirs played at once, in the best way possible. There are swarming guitars, pounding floor toms, a very “eastern” sounding lead line that channels the energy and vibe of the Buggles and their haunted Thriller mixing board. It is a track that will satisfy everyone.
Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix wins Best Alternative Album of the Year and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” wins Best Record of Year beating out Lady Gaga and Beyonce. I am kind of impressed with the Grammy’s this year. Beyonce deserved what she won especially after that great cover of Alanis Morissettes’ “You Oughta Know”. I especially enjoy the fact that the Music Industry community has paid their respects to Phoenix and Kings of Leon, bands that have paid their dues in the rock sense – that have toured for over 10 years and have made more than 2 records. But it is definitely the last time we see acts like them. We are moving into a new era where every band has to reinvent themselves every release. They have to treat themselves as a start-up company that has to develop a cutting edge and revolutionary business plan with every single/album/EP that they create and put out.
When Taylor Swift accepted her first award and said “I want to thank my record label for letting me write all my songs.” I finally decide that this industry is done. We are in a time where everything is fair game. Yet another paradigm shift in the musical business world I guess we just need another Radiohead album to show everyone what we should do. Bands, artists, DJs, Producers, labels, promo companies, everyone that is still clinging onto this shell of an industry, it is time to do things differently. Let’s not just send out the same promo emails with the same old free mp3s, press releases and press photos and post it on our blog, let’s all take the time and show that we are trying to do something new and different with our art and crafts. Let’s show that we care about the quality and work that an artists puts into their work. Whether it is a band like Phoenix who spends 2 years crafting an epic song such as “Love Like a Sunset” and never settling even when it was just an infant tune called “Twenty One One Zero” or a band like Kings of Leon who have toured endlessly. Let’s just not settle for mediocrity. Not too sure what I am trying to get at with this rant or what I want to see happen to the industry. No doubt this is an argument/conflict that has been going on for decades in the industry. But I just know it is an exciting time for music.
Also I have so much love for Diplo, who I feel is a walking middle finger to the music industry. He is like thanks for giving me this Grammy for “Paper Planes” – let me shit talk everyone here at this event via twitter. Here is Diplo & Co’s lovely take on multiple Grammy winner, Beyonce’s “Halo”.
I am a huge fan of La Blogoteque: Take-Away Shows such a genius way of showcasing and shedding a new light on an artist’s music. What better way to showcase Phoenix than under the Eiffel Tower in front of tourists. They are France’s musical and cultural ambassadors to the world these days. Check out “1901″ and “Long Distance Call” here.