Musical collaborations either come off as very good, very very bad or very, very, very bizarre. Here are 5 Artists I strongly implore to work together.
BANKS & TA-KU
The Los Angeles born Singer is known for her dark, futuristic R&B vocals, smoothed over equally futuristic, minimal beats. A perfect style for the genre smashing/bending/blending beats of Perth’s Ta-ku, who has remixed Banks’ dark and euphoric ‘Brain’ (the opening track of Goldburgs Mix), leaving his signature chopped up vocal and smattering drums all over it. There’s obviously a stylistic connection between the two. Make it happen guys!
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Rolling Stones & Outkast
Social Media went into meltdown the other week as a picture of Mick Jagger, arm in arms with Andre 3000 and Big Boi at a Music Festival was doing the rounds. Just imagine Mick and Andre strutting around stage, backed by a rockin Keith Richards riff with a rap verse reminiscent of Big Boi’s ‘Shutterbug’. Or Andre 3000 could channel the rest of his inner Hendrix while Mick & Keith Duet. The Possibilities are endless. All we know is that any collab between these acts would probably blow up the Internet for good.
ALBERT HAMMOND JR & ALBERT HAMMOND SR
Strokes rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr has proven to be a more than capable songwriter via his solo output. Hammond Sr was a star singer and songwriter in the 60’s and 70’s who has worked with and written songs for an eclectic mix of artists that include Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson. Jr’s catchy chord progressions matched with Sr’s golden pop sensibilities would make this pair the coolest Father/Son duo ever and probably make 2 generations of women swoon uncontrollably. White Stratocasters in hand, of course.
JOHN MAYER & GARY CLARK JR
This is an easy one and has happened before live. Two modern blues superstars. One with the ability to write killer pop hooks and the other with the ability to find beauty through fuzz, distortion and a set of amps cranked to 11. Mayer, smooth licks and a calming voice. GCJ blistering riffs matched with a smooth vocal style. Recording together seems natural. Jamming together, they always deliver.
KING KRULE & KEVIN PARKER
Imagine Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and his psychedelic/pop ideals going head to head with King Krule’s raw, gritty, dubby, trip hop, jazz/everything else soundscapes? Both in control of their own music, with little input from others, which could mean difficulties as they fight for control of the studio space. However, Parker has collaborated with others in the past such as the Flaming Lips and a plethora of wicked Perth bands such as Pond and Mink Mussel Creek.