Bastille - Bad Blood (Lido Remix)
The title track from Bastille’s debut album is no exception in the band’s uniformly high-drama catalog, plodding darkly forward in underwater synths, with basso backing vocals maximizing the sinister atmosphere. But when Lido — Norwegian wünderkind recently of several stellar remixes and his own enormous “Money” — steps in to remix “Bad Blood,” you can’t imagine that the stakes will be lower, can you?
Kicking things off with swirls of synths underneath Dan Smith’s slightly pitched-up vocals, Lido places us in the last third of the original track’s structure, forcing our hand. Things are going to move a little faster, a little more urgently. Then everything drops out, and a whispering voice is all you hear. ”I don’t want to talk about it,” it says, and when the beat returns, grinding upwards, talking about it is the last thing on your mind. The drop sends Smith’s voice into the stratosphere, cut to ribbons, flowing behind whatever’s spoiled the souls his lyrics take to task. From there Lido’s melodic and rhythmic imagination is off to the races, running the gamut from half-time organ respites, a huge showstopping single-synth paean to being “young and drinking in the park,” to a pumped-up jungle finale that’ll have you sprinting in the street.
Lido’s take on “Bad Blood” cements his provenance in the field of reinterpretation. I Love You, his debut EP on Pelican Fly, arrives June 9th to prove his unassisted mettle.