Tune Tuesday: Will Joseph Cook, The Velveteins, Towa Tei
Will Joseph Cook — “Beach” (HONNE Remix)
Though we’re weeks away from summer dawning, it’s always nice to prepare that playlist. In fact, I have several dozen songs to ensure my vacation in June contains that certain vibe. Y’know, that particular feeling where time seems to have stilled and you can dance in the sun’s rays. Will Joseph Cook’s “Beach” track certainly invokes that summer bop, and when remixed by UK electronic duo HONNE, I can already picture myself on that white sandy beach. The pair turn the tune into a titillating experience, full of euphoric electronica.
The Velveteins — “Midnight Surf”
I have a certain affinity for indie songs, both pop and rock; in liking so, I often feel these tracks capture that magic in a movie — The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s “Heroes” moment in the tunnel, The Fault in Our Stars‘ Parisian “Boom Clap” scene. The Velveteins emulate the likes in the music video for “Midnight Surf.” A brooding story is told where the band drives around the city in the middle of the night, similarly likening it to a dream. The band has this to say “the theme of the video plays off of the deepest form of sleep, which is called Slow Wave sleep.”
The Velveteins release Slow Wave this Friday, 12 May!
Towa Tei & Kylie Minogue — “GBI” (Takkyu Ishino Remix)
Always a fan of the peculiar and experimental, Kylie Minogue’s friendship with former Deee-Lite member, Towa Tei, struck me as interesting. As Minogue was in decline during the 90’s, her sudden release with the Japanese artist met with confusion. Written and featured as its own fond (German Bold Italic), the song occasionally received recognition from Minogue’s fanbase alongside the 2004 “Sometime Samurai.” Minogue even went on to include the original “GBI” as an interlude on her KylieFever2002 tour. Now, decades after its initial release, the song is rejuvenated with a quirk some are bound to love once more.
Towa Tei’s EMO is out now!