For his 2011 album Covers 80s, whose grammatical construct I’m having a little difficulty unpacking at the moment, Duncan Sheik, aka that one guy who did that one song a long time ago who’s name is escaping me at the moment, dug through his favorites from that infinitely repeatable musical decade for a collection of surprisingly engaging takes on the likes of The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Tears for Fears and more. Deciding that that wasn’t a strange enough high-concept gambit, he’s upped the ante on the newly released Covers 80s Remixed by enlisting the aid of a diverse lineup of remixers, answering the question we’ve all long wondered: What would it sound like if Samantha Ronson and Duncan Sheik worked together on a The Cure track?
Elsewhere on the album he’s tapped the likes of El-P, Chico Mann, and 16 Bit Lolita to turn his wispy, sensitively strummed nostalgia-mining into more beat-heavy mixes, like the glitchy, driving “Shout” featuring Rachel Yamagata remixed by Chi Duly, which you can hear below.
“Barely Breathing”! That was the song. Just occurred to me here so I thought you should know. Anyway, that was a pretty good song. Speaking of pretty good songs, everyone of these selections below are awesome. Hear more of Sheik’s interpretations of the 30-40 something demo cannon here.
Track Listing for Covers 80s Remixed
“Shout”—Original Recording by Tears for Fears; Remixed by Chi Duly ft. RachaelYamagata
“What Is Love”—Original Recording Howard Jones; Remixed by Gabriel & Dresden
“William It Was Really Nothing”—Original Recording by The Smiths; Remixed by Max Tannone
“Gentleman Take Polaroids”—Original Recording by Japan; Remixed by Ben Casey
“Kyoto Song”—Original Recording by The Cure; Remixed by Samantha Ronson
“Stay”—Original Recording by The Blue Nile; Remixed by Duncan Sheik
“Love Vigilantes”—Original Recording by New Order; Remixed by EL-P
“Life’s What You Make It”—Original Recording by Talk Talk; Remixed by Bookworm
“Stripped”—Original Recording by Dépêche Mode; Remixed by Terry Urban
“So Alive”—Original Recording by Love & Rockets; Remixed by Duncan Sheik
“The Ghost in You”—Original Recording by Psychedelic Furs; Remixed by Chico Mann ft. Holly Brook
“Hold Me Now”—Original Recording by Thompson Twins; Remixed by 16 Bit Lolita