Tonight I happened to stumble upon DJ Hell’s tracklisting for his new mix cd “Body Language Vol. 9″ on RA, and what caught my eye (other than Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian’s classic: “Forbidden Colours“) was track 8: “The Balanescu Quartet – Robots“. It’s taken from the “Possession” album by TBQ, and wow it’s absolutely amazing. I mean it’s real strings doing Kraftwerk’s melodies originally created by synths. To listen to an already awesome song, presented in a totally different context (and executed really well), is pretty exciting (ie: Carl Craig w/ Les siècles Orchestra). Just hope, commercial hip hop, pop, and smooth jazz artists would stop ruining old classics.
By the way, anybody else going to the Ryuichi Sakamoto show on October 24 in Toronto?