A few weeks ago, Fool’s Gold anchored IAMSOUND’s excellent CMJ showcase at Bowery Poetry Club, alongside Golden Silvers, Suckers, NewVillager, etc. A highlight of their set was the infectious, afro-pop amalgamating summertime jam “Surprise Hotel,” an endlessly sunny track that’s already received remix attention from the likes of Micachu & The Shapes and one of the year’s better videos. Its singular status gets another bump today with a pair of reworkings from other corners: there’s the Mad Decent Toadz mix, which shifts the locus from Africa to a nightclub by the beach, and a mashup by Wallpaper which seamlessly substitutes Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” melisma for Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov’s Hebrew-and-horns incantations. Two very different looks for one very good song. The Wallpaper mash is the first in a series he’s called SiSTRS From Different MiSTRS. An explanation of the inspiration:
When I first heard “Surprise Hotel,” I felt all these little thought bubbles effervescing in my brain. There is a lot to take in, on a musical level. The original vocal coats this exuberant track with a calm, peaceful beauty. So I started combing the universe for a vocal that seemed as wilin’ out as those guitar parts and roughly the same tempo and / or key. Turns out Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” is already in the exact same key (the relative minor) and dances atop the rhythm section like it was born to. This is the first segment of SiSTRS from different MiSTRS.
The Mad Decent take:
Fool’s Gold is out via IAMSOUND.