Hips Don't Lie (Shakira Cover)
No fightin’! Sublimely freaky Chilean producer Arca is out with a cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.” What was once a number-one hit buoyed up by rinky-dink horns and come-ons from Wyclef Jean is now a militaristic, extraterrestrial romp that’s probably a better fit for Shakira’s freaky robot moves. Arca’s pitch-fucked coos ping back and forth across the uncanny valley from terrorizing and affecting too fast to settle down, admonishing the listener that they “make a woman go mad,” asking that they keep on “reading the signs of my body.”
Though there’s no accompanying visuals as yet, Arca’s artwork and videos (made in collaboration with Jesse Kanda) have given no indication that the playful intent behind these lyrics would carry over. The rapid-fire percussion and shadowy, deep-sea sonar synths indicate a fraught and queasy relationship with the hips in question, one that calls into question their ability to mean what they say. Listen below, and get pumped for Arca’s upcoming album with Bjork — here’s hoping it’s all tweaked-out, turnt-up renditions of the top of the charts circa Volta.