Miss your 15-minute window to buy tickets to Kate Bush‘s reunion shows in London? Well, you and most of the world are not alone. There is, however, a fine antidote to the “I’m not willing to sell my soul for some concert tickets” blues, and it comes in the form of an electrifying cover version.
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Though obviously unorthodox as cover albums go, the past three tribute releases by the 8-Bit Operators name—which cover tunes by Kraftwerk, the Beatles, and Devo—have been wildly fun. Using sounds repurposed from old video game consoles and operating systems, including Game Boys, Atari consoles, and Commodore 64s, a whole gamut of artists under the 8-Bit Operators umbrella have crafted some eccentric and unforgettable tracks. If you think the digital bleeps of video game consoles would be unable to turn the Beatles’ “Because” into a haunting reverie, you’d be forgiven—but also wrong. 8-Bit music is a niche a genre as there is, but there is plenty exciting happening in the field.
“Everybody’s got a secret preference,” Wet Leather vocalist Matthew Bernstein repeats on the Brooklyn five-piece’s new single. His penchant for the wide open hallmarks of mid-‘80s synth-pop and disco are hardly so well concealed. “Secret Preference” is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass—clinically tested summer music, in other words, with a chorus that’s only obvious enough to work. Long live 1985.
Well, they’ve done it again. Australia’s All India Radio has released another free album of remixes and unreleased tracks from their Bandcamp account. It’s called Ghost Songs: Remixed & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3. and it’s packed with 16 songs spanning 69 minutes. Where are the first two volumes, you ask? Well, here’s the first one and here’s the second one. They are yours for the taking but Martin Kennedy and company will gladly take a donation.