Sylvan Esso | Radio (Demo Taped Remix)

Sylvan Esso‘s Radio was one of my favourite songs last year. It was a track filled with attitude and aggression that managed to toe the line of a dream-like sonic soundscape. So with just over a month before their sophomore record drops, imagine my joy at finding this remix of Radio by 19-year-old artist Demo Taped.

I’ve had a troubled history with remixes of beloved tracks. There is a happy median when it is done right but it is so easy to slip into either artistic self-indulgence, where any kind of collaboration is thrown out the window or reverence in which the original track is merely amended. Fortunately, Demo Taped treats Radio with enough respect whilst adding a distinctive creative flair of his own on top to create an addictive soundscape that pays tribute to both artists. With smooth R&B textures and 90s Nintendo vibes combining with the brilliantly candid lyrics such as “Don’t you look good sucking American dick” take me back to a Skinsesque experience of hedonism, honesty and musical innovation.

Demo Taped just got off tour with WET and will be playing a few select showcases with Wafia soon whilst Sylvan Esso just got off a heavy SXSW rotation and will be touring this summer once the album hits April 28th.


Sylvan Esso | Radio

Once again I’m back from an indefinite absence but don’t worry, so are Sylvan Esso. Back with the first track since their debut LP, “Radio” brings back that much-needed fix of female fronted witty electronica which is part of a staple musical diet. The track is not my usual cup of tea. Having said that, the wit present in the lyrical content and delivery has me sold. Particularly the line following the first chorus concerning how good someone looks sucking American dick which is, I regret to add, something I’m unfamiliar with.

The track is available to preorder on 12″ vinyl with “Kick Jump Twist” and is set to be released on the 18th of November by Lomo Vista/ Concord/ Caroline International.

Oh and just for you, the video is below too.