I don’t settle for mediocrity in any aspect of my life (except perhaps late-night drunk food, but hey—didn’t happen if you don’t remember it), particularly not in the music I listen to. That said, I can honestly say that The Royal Concept is going to be huge (heard it here first), and not for any reason other than their music is great.
Let me give you a vision of what I’m talking about so you know I’m not just dicking around, spouting superfluous musical poop in the form of over-praise. This band is good, and they have the facts to back them up. They’re Swedish, and as I’ve said time and time again, the Swedes can do no musical wrong right now. They helped form a the live band for the ever talented Robyn. Add a recent signing with Universal Republic/ Sony Sweden and a summer tour with Alex Clare and Fun. and you have the making of a new “it band.”
That all said, I’m not giving you one of their original tracks, and I’m sure you’re wondering why. The Royal Concept makes amazing guitar driven, indie rock gems that harken to the beautiful nonchalance of Phoenix or The Strokes. Yet I give you a remix.
I have a thought behind remixes. Get a little abstract with me on this one. A house is not a house without it’s foundation, and such is the same in a remix. Excellent remixes are born from equally amazing songs. Furthermore, it is equally important to consider a remix as a new entity in itself, an interpretation rather than a quest for improvement
SpiritHood’s version of “Gimme Twice” capitalizes on a strong and well-written track with young, exciting vocals and hooks that lend themselves perfectly to the toned-down, atmospheric electronic instrumental additions. It’s hard not to move with the song when you hear it. Thumping electronic drums, claps, and shakes paired with echoed choruses float about rather than coming on head first as in the original track. The slows and swells mimic The Royal Concepts idea but SpiritHood reinvents these moments in beautiful weightless manner.
I want to tell you more about SpiritHood in order to try an understand where this sound comes from, but I could only locate their Soundcloud page. This is their only remix but I advise you to also check out their original tracks, they’re equally fantastic.
Be ahead of the curve, tell your friends you discovered them and you’re really cool. I don’t even need the credit.
In payment or even pity, if anyone wants to take me out this fall (you do, I’m a cheap date) and get tickets for their October 25th show in Boston (it’s my birthday and I’m getting too old for theme parties).