“Videotape” – Ido Livni and Re’ut Szekely

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Videotape 1I know we’ve been teasing you with this for a year now but we’ve finally got a release date for the first single from the Radio (in my) Head project and the album’s on its way fairly soon as well.  The concept was initiated by the founder of Bandhouse Records, John O’Sullivan, as a college project at the London Centre of Contemporary Music and quickly spiralled out into an album featuring artists from across the globe.  But we’ll tell you more about that when the album’s released.

The lead single is Israeli producer Ido Livni’s collaboration with singer Re’ut Szekely on the 2007 “In Rainbows” track “Videotape”, which is backed on the single by “Untimely Storm”, a collaboration with Maria Gutman, Ori Livni and Tal Alagim.  Incredibly, Ido is only eighteen although most of the work on these tracks was done when he was seventeen.

So how does this version compare with the original?  The Radiohead version is built around traditional instruments (piano and bass mainly), but Ido’s version is a purely electronic and very percussive backing track full of squelchy analogue synth sounds and very heavy bass underpinning Re’ut’s sultry and soaring vocals.  The only rule I enforce with cover versions is that you make the song your own and Ido and Re’ut certainly do that with “Videotape”.  And the “B” side’s pretty good as well.  After a bit of a gimmicky start, “Untimely Storm” settles down into a trip-hoppy groove with a distinctive vocal and that’s good enough for me.

You’ll hear much more about the Radio (in my) Head album over the next few weeks, but this is a pretty good start.  Watch out for more news here.

Out September 24 on iTunes.