To make it clear. I’m not an expert when it comes to Radiohead. I know most of their song through jazz interpretations by Bred Mehldau. But Thom Yorke bumped up in my personal musical universe a few times in the last year. First through his collaboration with FlyLo, which was one of my songs of the year 2010, and then again at the worldwide awards 2010 also together with Flying Lotus. Besides the footage of their live performance, there’s also a small clip in which the two together with Gilles Peterson are joking around backstage. They’re mostly talking about the wheater and it’s influence to local music makers, especially Burial x London and FlyLo x Los Angeles. This interview made me think Thom Yorke must really digg the electronic sound going on in london, los angeles and around the world.
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Now one of my Indie friends sends me over this new Radiohead song and it immediately strikes back. It really seems like Burial and FlyLo have had some major impact on this one. Check the use of this small & late drums reverb, the repetitative bassline, the kind of OFF drum adds in the middle, a kind of dryness combined with deep endless reverbs. Also the ending with it’s “postdubstep” drumloop exposes this connection. Hear yourself:
Impressed – it’s so nice when it comes together!