Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Listen to Miguel's 'Rogue Waves' EP

I usually think that EPs or singles featuring multiple versions of the same song can come across as a little self-indulgent and unnecessary. Then there are other times, when it's done so right; the song isn't just electronically kneaded into an unrecognizable entity, but altered creatively, with the original makeup in tact.

Enter certified R&B god Miguel and his new EP Rogue Waves, which features five star-studded new takes on his song "waves" off last summer's outstanding release, wildheart. Ranging from the typical dance tinkerings of remix masterminds RAC to a trap-infused Travis Scott feature, each version of "waves" is diverse and ear-catching enough to make you want to listen to the song five times, and maybe even reevaluate how much you liked the original. While it's a great song, "waves" wasn't a major favourite of mine off wildheart  - but now I can't get enough.

The two standout remixes on the EP, however, come from beloved Aussie rockers Tame Impala and breakout country princess Kacey Musgraves. Tame Impala's Kevin Parker imparts his disco-ey, psychedelic touch on the track, making it a colourful beach anthem, while Musgraves and Miguel trade lines over sweet spaghetti western guitar strums. Hearing Miguel's (always) sexualized metaphors delivered via Musgraves' soft coos is kind of funny at first, but not enough to distract from the song's beautiful transformation.

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