Over the past month, two less typical collaborations surfaced on iTunes and Beatport: “Out of Sight,” between the Bloody Beetroots and Paul McCartney, and “Wake Me Up,” an effort with Avicii and singer Aloe Blacc. While the former has received generally positive reviews and saw its video come out this past week, “Wake Me Up” incited controversy as far back as March, when Avicii debuted it during his second set at Ultra 2013.
Of course, with the for-better-or-for-worse growing popularity of electronic music, similar collaborations have popped up over the past three years – some memorable efforts and others that best be forgotten.
Bloody Beetroots vs. Paul McCartney – “Out of Sight”
Announced in mid-June, the Bloody Beetroots’ collaboration with Paul McCartney turned out to be an excellent surprise. What would seem to be an awkward melding of two distinct genres turns into a seamless blend: stadium rock meets big-room electronic music, retaining classic elements of both without siding entirely with one genre or the other.
“Out of Sight” opens with guitar strains soon leading into a drop, with a handful of dubstep elements thrown in. Rather than go in and out, the guitar tones pervade, while the former Beatle’s voice, strained and harsh at times, veers close to unrecognizable.
McCartney long departed from his Fab Four heyday, with latest release Kisses on the Bottom an album of romantic ballads, but through McCartney II, his solo career briefly dabbled with some synths in the early ‘80s. That appreciation is felt on “Out of Sight” and is perhaps one of the reasons this seemingly-odd combination actually works.