Dante (drummer of Swedish indie pop band, The Concretes) took his drums and Clarence Carter’s 1973 hit “Next to You,” and turned mellow into modern. The cover is still a story of love, heartbreak, and yearning. And who couldn’t relate? The transformation is a beautiful testament to the power of synth pads, the string-affected keyboard, and to a slapping beat. This guy’s got a lovin’ feeling that only an ice queen couldn’t feel. [Just make me a promise. You’ll be a patient music mongrel and wait through the build up until 00:58.]
I look forward to more from Dante’s solo career and debut EP expected in September. I’m also waiting for the imminent arrival of a remix by some creative DJ/producer who sees the potential to sample the hell out of this one. It’s got a lot of feeling to work with. Happy listening.