Thursday, May 14, 2009

I never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you

155. Chris Isaak - "Wicked Game"(London Records, 1990)
156. Business Man - "Dubby Games" (Balearic Biscuits, 2005)

Straight up, "Wicked Game" is a masterpiece. Even without the iconic video, Chris Isaak's biggest hit combines its retro Roy Orbison elements with beautiful modern production to make something that sounds familiar and otherworldly at the same time; dreamlike in a very real sense. Seriously, the way both the slide guitar and Isaak's voice melt into the song are completely brilliant. The real transcendence comes at 3:35, as Isaak's last falsetto "I" is stretched into infinity, a final, slowly decaying piece of melancholy.

In 2005, electro king Trentemøller, under his Business Man guise, used the obvious dubby qualities of "Wicked Game" and released the edit "Dubby Games" on Balearic Biscuits. This mix adds a dub bassline, some echo on the vocals, some skankin' horns on the chorus, and a bit of four on the floor kick for functionality. It's actually not that radical of a transformation, but it's 100% on target for some late nite action.

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