Electronic does rock
Here are a couple of tunes where established electronic artists take a swerve from the norm. Black Strobe’s Arnaud Rebotini forsakes dark electro for Johnny Cash and Tulioxi abandons nu disco for blues guitar.
Black Strobe first. Rebotini takes on Johnny Cash’s classic Folsom Prison Blues. This is from his Godforsaken Roads album, out in October. The track goes for a downtempo electronic backdrop overlaid by a basso profundo vocal from Rebotini in the style of Nick Cave. Very strange and initially such a leap from anything Black Strobe’s done before, so as to be more than a little disconcerting. Is it good? I’m really not sure. What I do know is that the live version (also below) has more get up and go and twanginess and so is the better version.
And so to Tulioxi. I really liked last year’s The Last Man In Florence, with its nu disco and ambient approaches, and washes of sound. For I Hope You Like To Walk he breaks out the blues guitar, gargles some gravel and goes for it. There’s a bit of electronics discernable in the background but otherwise the track is done straight. Not my thing but done convincingly.