“I’m not a woman, I’m not a man, I am something that you’ll never understand”. The opening line of Prince’s 1984 stone cold classic “I Would Die 4 U” somehow manages to be both a grand yet frustrated declaration from a higher power and a definitive mission statement from the purple one explaining what he himself is and isn’t. It remains gloriously ambiguous, full of desperation, glitter, euphoria and pure melodic love, an otherworldly pop song.
In the hands of London electropop duo IDER, “I Would Die 4 U” is no longer a soundtrack song for a sweaty throng dancing in a club in the ’80s, but a somber, intimate, heartbreaking headphone jam of exceptional beauty. Prince would have absolutely adored this.