Hear Charli XCX Turn Lindstrom’s ‘Faar-i-kaal’ Into Sexily Swaggering Pop
Upbeat space-disco OG is transformed into dark dance
Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm had a strong 2012, sharing two distinct LPs in nine months and hence landing high on SPIN’s 20 Best Dance Albums of the Year ranking. Unsurprisingly, his material has gotten reworked by a handful of diverse admirers since. Tracks from the disco-jazz odyssey Six Cups of Rebel have been remixed by both Ariel Pink and Oneohtrix Point Never, and we’ve heard Unknown Mortal Orchestra record their very own cover version of “Rà-àkõ-st” from the leaner, Kraut-inspired Smallhans. Now, Charli XCX and her production pal TWIN iDoL take on “Fāār-i-kāāl,” transforming the upbeat, astrally powered original into snapping, swaggering pop with a shadowy edge. Her yearning vocals sing of drowning in devotion, giving the song a new darkly romantic tack. The remix wouldn’t sound out of place at all on Charli’s recent debut True Romance.