In 2014, electronic collaborations have leveled up. In one song, fans are given the opportunity to listen to a musician/producer they know and love AND be introduced to another musician/producer whom they might love. Here are the best electronic collaborations of the year.
5. “FKA x inc.” – FKA twigs and inc. — This single puts distinctly sexy R&B echo and response harmonies by FKA twigs and inc. front and center. The song is dripping with deep unexpressed yearning, making this slow jam collaboration, oh-so sublime.
4. “Go” – Grimes, ft. Blood Diamonds — Grimes’ ability to inject an extreme earnestness in her vocals transforms “Go” from a saucy song asking permission to an anthemic power statement. Blood Diamonds throws his production chops behind the vocals making the song sound cinematically gorgeous.
3. “Come Alive” – Chromeo, ft. Toro y Moi — The first single off White Women, makes perfect sense. “Come Alive” immediately feels like Chromeo is doing just that, tapping Chaz Bundick (a.k.a. Toro y Moi) to harmonize and lend freshness to a tried and true disco formula. Chromeo are up for movement and change, won’t you come along?
2. DARKSIDE Performance at FYF Fest – Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington –This collaboration humanized Nicolas Jaar’s music and showcased Dave Harrington’s multi-instrumentation. Bowing out after 3 years, one album and one EP of gorgeous music, Darkside played the festival circuit in 2014. Their FYF Fest set had the two facing each other, with manmade fog swirling around them. Not speaking, the two played song after song with a studied, hazy languor. It was an audio treat, sweeter for its finality.
1. “Long Way Home” – Diplo, Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear) and Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) — Before even listening to it, I knew that a song built around Diplo and Dahi’s beat from Ty Dolla $ign’s “Stand For” with songwriting and vocals care of Edward Droste and Rostam Batmanglij would rock my world. And boy does it, “Long Way Home” showcases the magical talent of all the collaborators. See if you can stop from yourself from humming the refrain.
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