Track of the Day 511 : Bjork – Cystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix)

I love pretty much everything Bjork does, but even I have to admit that Biophilia wasn’t her absolute strongest album (musically at least, conceptually it was an interesting and innovative as ever). I’ve only recently discovered its’ remix album Bastards, which is fascinating in a way that few remix albums are.

Remixes range from glitch master Alva Noto to experimental hip-hop band Death Grips, but my particular favourite is the version of Crystalline (already Biophilia’s best song) by the Syrian former wedding singer Omar Souleyman. I wasn’t previously familiar with his music, but both riffs and voice are powerfully addictive and make for a surprisingly superb match with Bjork’s electronic ballad.

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