Tronicbox takes us back to the 1980s

Recently I stumbled across a YouTube channel that has taken remixing to a whole new level.

TRONICBOX picks all your favourite tunes from the present day, or very recent past, and reworks them into nostalgic Eighties hits, and quite frankly, they’re superb.

My first encounter with TRONICBOX, who hails from Canada and describes himself — or herself, who knows? — as “a musician, gamer, and software developer from Saskatchewan Canada”, was when a version of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know popped up on one of my many online feeds. Take a listen.

Instantly it threw me back to my youth. Everything about it made me smile, from the hilarious cover shot to the production itself, replete with punchy disco drum sounds, the most kitsch electric piano you can imagine and the type of pulsing electro bassline every Eighties kid bounced to back in the day. Add to that wailing guitar solos you might hear in a Rocky training montage, and what you’ve got is a pretty perfect work of art.

The original — a duet with Kimbra — was, of course, a massive hit in its own right, and the genius of this remix wasn’t lost on Kimbra herself when she posted this to her Facebook page.

 

When I heard TRONICBOX’s equally magnificent rejig of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, I had to share this stuff with the world. This time, it’s not just the tune that will give you happy little goosebumps, but the video as well. Having been a fitness instructor in my deep, dark past, I could relate even more. It’s also a lot rockier, which I like. This is Europe meets early Bon Jovi with a bit of Journey tossed in for good measure. Impossibly good.

The remixes keep coming, which is good news. Katy Perry has been morphed into a Jane Fonda for her remix, while her hit Firework is transformed into a disco funk number Chaka Khan would have been proud to perform in her heyday.

Whoever TRONICBOX is, I hope he/she sees this. Please say hi, and keep us posted on what’s coming next because so far, I’m blown away by your skills. Thank you, from the bottom of my nostalgic heart. This stuff is just too good to be true.

Here’s a cheesy version of Justin Bieber’s Baby to sign off. The sax solo is magnificent! And that pic!! 🤣

Looky who’s back … it’s Lykke Li

Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Lykke Li … a break-up has inspired her new songs.

Lykke Li has been quiet for the past three years, but this week emerged from the silence with a haunting tease for her new album I Never Learn.

The record is slated for a 5 May release worldwide, and from what little she gives away here, it has all the hallmarks of previous albums Wounded Rhymes and the outstanding debut Youth Novels. In fact, she told NME, it’s the final chapter in a trilogy of records that have explored being a woman in her 20s.

A break-up has inspired the third record, so who knows how deeply she has explored her emotional turmoil. We’ll just have to wait and see. But ultimately, Lykke wants us to think of her not as a pretty pop songstress in the mould of Kylie Minogue or Katy Perry, but rather a serious singer-songwriter. Why that wouldn’t be the case for some is beyond me, but I guess that’s the superficial nature of the world we live in.

“I always feel like I’ve been slightly misunderstood. As a woman you get judged for appearances or things like that I don’t really care about,” she said in the NME chit-chat. If anything I want to be seen as a singer-songwriter rather than a pop artist. I really feel like I’ve found my voice.”