SuggestiON-AIR: Best Collaborations
On tonight's ATL, Rigsy has a wee chin-wag with Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) about his new side project, Tired Pony. Lightbody's new band is a collaboration between himself, Peter Buck (REM), Iain Archer, Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastian), Jacknife Lee and more. So in honour of our guest, we've been thinking about our favourite collaborations through the years.
Rigsy - ATL Presenter
Jay Z ft. Pharell Williams - I Just Wanna Love You
For me, the best collaborations always happen in dance music or hip hop. The Chemical Brothers have had some gems, with the likes of Q-Tip, Noel Gallagher and Wayne Coyne. Actually, Q-Tip has contributed to some absolute crackers over the year - tracks by DeeLite, De La Soul and (more recently) Mark Ronson. But I'm going to go for a collaboration that somehow lives up to all expectations, despite being between THE TWO COOLEST MEN IN THE WORLD.
Jimmy Devlin - ATL Producer
What's better than an American left field indie band? Answer - two of them, or at least two of their members, working together. When Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel hooked up with Ben Gibard of Death Cab for Cutie they made one of them most stunning eletro / indie records ever. Give Up is solid from start to finish with some amazing high-points. What's taking the 2nd record so long!?
Amy McGarrigle - ATL Content Assistant
PJ Harvey ft. Thom Yorke - This Mess We're In
One of the highlights on a simply great album, 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea". It's understated, lamenting and with a under current that makes the hairs stand on the back of my neck. These two vocalist could bring down a brick wall, but it never explodes, instead giving this frustrating and enclosed atmosphere. Beautiful yet somber.
Steven Rainey - ATL Buddy and Contributor
REM ft. Patti Smith - 'E-bow the Letter'
New Adventures in Hi-Fi might just be REM's darkest, most mysterious album. Framed in Autumnal hues, it's a record haunted by loss, nowhere more apparent than on lead single 'E-bow the Letter'. Against a backdrop of acoustic guitar and droning electric guitar, Michael Stipe delivers a spellbinding musical love-letter to the late River Phoenix. For the choruses, NYC punk poet Patti Smith steps in to take the song to hitherto unknown emotional depths. A brave move, and one of REM's best ever singles.