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Hear Blood Diamonds’ Slinky Remix of Charli XCX’s ‘What I Like’

Kendrick Lamar remixer, Grimes collaborator takes on 'True Romance' stunner

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // May 28, 2013

Charli XCX has been trying her hand at other artists’ songs since packing last month’s True Romance with her own potential hits. You know, covering a boy-band classic by the Backstreet Boys, reworking a 2012 space-disco nugget by Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm — the usual. Now she has yielded True Romance’s honeymooning “What I Like” over to the Grimes- and Das Racist-collaborating producer known as Blood Diamonds. Los Angeles-based Mike Tucker warps some vocals and soaks the original in candy-colored murk that’s probably perfect for “sitting on your bedroom floor still smoking.” He’s fresh off a like-minded remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Charli, when not letting Danny Brown add a verse to this song, has also been acting out rave-reviving “Take My Hand” in video form and collaborating with tourmates Marina & the Diamonds. Oh, and yup, there’s plenty here to like.

Charli XCX tour dates:

May 6 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield *
May 7 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory *
May 10 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Center *
May 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ LAVO Nightclub *
May 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound *
May 14 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *
May 16 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *
May 17 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
May 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater *
May 20 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater *
May 22 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall *
May 23 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy *
May 24 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
May 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
May 29 – New York, NY Central Park SummerStage @ Rumsey Playfield *
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
June 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
June 3 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
June 4 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
June 6 – Orlando, FL @The Social
June 8 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central Miami
June 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
June 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
June 13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

* w/ Marina & the Diamonds