For Kid A, her reclusive lifestyle in small-town Virginia is more of a necessity than a disadvantage. Growing up on her grandad’s old jazz records was the fodder for her imagination and musical genius. In her teens, she turned to subculture and electro music before dabbling in technology to create beats and loops. With its sparse, icy drums and warmer, textural melodies, “BB Bleu” provides the perfect backdrop for Kid A’s yearning, personal musings on desire. It’s like a rainy-day French blues played through modular synths and transposed into US soul.
The single comes complete with a brilliant package of remixes. Man of the moment Eliphino brings his bracing take on house music to the table, providing a moodily irresistible dancefloor workout. Technicolour label mate Dolor takes things a touch more ambient, fracturing melodies and vocals and adding tentative synths and bass textures. Finally, Kid A’s second musical mentor, Daedelus, reworks her debut single with his trademark, masterful skill. His remix is idiosyncratic and atmospheric, and a perfect, dark-mirror inversion of the original.
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