Arts Desk

Leak Proof: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chrisette Michele, Bjork

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Zero (Animal Collective Remix)"
Animal Collective takes a whack at Yeah Yeah Yeah’s latest single and, surprise, it’s out with the synthesizer and in with the rainstick. Strangely enough, it works: The remix strays so far from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s original vision that it takes on a new, Discovery Store-approved, life of its own.

Jane's Addiction: "Ocean Size (Demo)"
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell never had to resign himself to just one image—he was pasty-faced goth, stoner beach hippie, and Robert Plant all wrapped up in one emaciated package. On this demo for the song “Ocean Size,” taken from the forthcoming rarities set A Cabinet of Curiosities, he gets a chance to try on just about every one of those masks. Farrell sings, he hollers, and he yodels, and, even though it’s a pretty sloppy demo, if you close your eyes you’ll feel like you’re standing in a weird, boundless, Anton Corbijn landscape.

Chrisette Michele: "What You Do (ft. Ne-Yo)"
Judging by the sound of Chrisette Michele’s latest single, “What You Do”, the Def Jam-signed R&B singer might be the only person to ever actually buy and listen to a Macy Gray album. But it’s a good thing she did—the song’s smooth, neo-soul vibe makes for pretty good springtime listening.

Bjork: "Nattura (Switch Remix)"
Switch, producer of MIA masterpiece Kala, flips the knobs around on Bjork’s benefit single “Nattura,” wiping out Brian Chippendale’s gonzo drumming and Thom Yorke’s creepy moans in favor of grimy synths. But this is a Bjork song, so there’s a good chance that the tapes were brought to his door by an Icelandic pixie riding on the back of a whale-human hybrid. Try as he might, he just can’t get the weird out of it.

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