Swindail channels jittery funk in a flip of Flight Facilities ‘Arty Boy’
After dropping their first new track in the last 3 years, FLIGHT FACILITIES have also released a remix EP of the new single. ‘Arty Boy’, featuring vocalist EMMA LOUISE, is already a warm, groovy tune but all the artists including Australia’s own SWINDAIL bring their own sound to the track. In his remix he aligns his unique brand of future trap funk to the sounds of Flight Facilities, flipping ‘Arty Boy’ on its head.
Taking Emma Louise‘s vocals from the original, Swindail completely switches up the instrumental. Building from a base of snappy chords, he layers a warbled bass, computerised arpeggios and found samples to create a pastiche of sounds. He really highlights the steady cadence of Emma Louise throughout as she delivers her lyrics in short sharp syllables.
The choruses are a jumble of sounds and synths, with so many rhythms intertwining and playing off each other. In theory having this much going on rhythmically shouldn’t work, but it really does. Swindail offsets this in the bridge, dropping it back to the vocal, warbled synth chords and a recording of a party. Louise‘s vocal is filtered and echoed like she’s singing in the bathroom stall at the party, intimidated by the mysterious ‘Arty Boy’.
Swindail‘s remix highlights his own abilities in balancing and layering beats as well as showing off the talents of Flight Facilities and Emma Louise‘s songwriting. If you’re interested to hear more interpretations of Flight Facilities ‘Arty Boy’ ft Emma Louise, the three track EP also features reworks from Jarreu Vandal and Joe Goddard. They’re all available on your streaming service of choice now!
WORDS BY HOLLY O’NEILL