It was just a little over a month ago that we first heard YACHT‘s electropop version of Brigitte Fontaine’s “Le Goudron.” It was everything we have come to expect from YACHT: dance-worthy, trippy, and surreal. With the duo’s rendition of The Velvet Underground & Nico’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” the band decides to go into an unexpected but welcomed subdued mode.
One can never know what kind of covers to expect from the band YACHT, nor can we predict what direction they’ll go in. That isn’t such a bad thing, though; half of the beauty of writing and reading about music is that, every so often, something will come entirely out of left field in ways that you can’t even understand.
Yesterday we went through a set of covers by Judas Priest and today, coincidentally, we hear a cover of Judas Priest. Guitar fans, beware: this doesn’t sound much like the metal gods ever did. It’s buzz band YACHT, turning Priest’s British Steel smash “Breaking the Law” into a cowbell-infused dance jam.
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Many albums go gold. Many albums make best-ever lists. But how many albums earn the band an “Official Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles”? That’s a unique claim to fame if there ever was one, but X’s Los Angeles did just that. Apparently whoever decides these things didn’t understand that the flaming Klan-style X on the cover and lyrics about sex and blood isn’t exactly “I Love L.A.”
The Doors’ organist Ray Manzarek produced the record, cajoling the band into covering “Soul Kitchen.” Thirty years later, BBC Radio 6 cajoled YACHT into covering the album’s next track, “Nausea.” The punk-rock fury becomes a lowkey dance jam. It sounds like LCD Soundsystem with better singing. A winning combination.