This is not the first time we’ve used a Lorde ‘Tennis Court’ rework as an excuse to flag someone we’ve had our eye on. It’s the first time I have personally, but two is absolutely our quota, so everyone stop with all Lorde stuff now. We’re all used up thanks to Bad Cop.
Mario the Adelaidian is behind it, and while most of his scant press refers to his noisy production, the special sauce I’m hearing are the hooks. The kind of lean, punchy pop hooks and elegant structures that good radio loves to eat up. Case in point is the recent ‘Brontosaurus‘ blowup, though it would appear that Tkay is getting most of that heat and Bad Cop is keeping his head down.
The justification for posting this one is that I like him and this is his latest. But conveniently it also highlights my point. I find it more infectious than the original, and more mature than just showoff laptop trickery. The drop moves with restraint, and the little mutes, stutters and twisted samples fit together carefully in catchy phrases. I was caught by the catchiness. Take that, english teachers of my past.
Even if you’re well past Lorde saturation point, this one may get under your skin. Consider how that’s no mean feat.
With this cover of Lorde‘s pretty massive track ‘Tennis Court’ added to his already rather impressive arsenal, Brisbane’s The Kite String Tangle is set to become pretty darn large. As front man of live electro outfit Pigeon, he’s showcased his pipes and, as a band, they made tidy work of some really nicely produced live dance music.
Solo though, TKST, or Danny to his mates, really manages to harness an incredible intricacy in his songwriting. And it’s not all so intricate that it sounds fragile or even weak. Pulling him through, I think, are the pop sensibilities that Danny brings to the table.
There’s a few comments floating online that this cover is better than the original, and, although I must say I haven’t familiarised myself that much with the original, this cover is pop, like big pop, but with the subtlety and consideration that helps him to still cut through and not lose any artistry.