IDLES have teamed up with Slowthai for a new version of their Ultra Mono track, “Model Village.”
The artists performed the track live during a new hour-long special, Defense Of The Arts. The special is part of a collaboration between frontman Joe Talbot’s online talk show Balley TV and Vans. You can also pre-order a 7-inch vinyl of the studio version of the Slowthai collaboration here.
The intense new version of “Model Village” amplifies the driven, raucous sound of the original. Slowthai’s wailing, gritty vocals add a new rougher edge to the tune. It also really allows the lyrics to shine with lines like, “Model car, model wife model village/ Model far, model right, model village.”
Watch the special in full or listen to the Slowthai collaboration below.
The new special features interviews and performances with artists like Deep Tan, Nuha Ruby Ra, and Katy J Pearson.
IDLES have been quite busy lately. They recently released a new single called “Sodium” for the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack.
“Sodium” is a dark, brooding track that is less rowdy than most of IDLES’ other releases. With a downtempo, dissonant instrumental line, frontman Joe Talbot practices some powerful restraint with his vocals, making for an eerie sense of withholding before he explodes with some serious wails on the chorus.
They also recently shared a raucous cover of Gang Of Four’s “Damaged Goods.” The rowdy reworking of the anti-capitalist anthem was recorded for The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four. It serves as a tribute cover album for guitarist Andy Gill, who passed away last year. Staying pretty true to the original tune, frontman Joe Talbot’s raspy, aggressive vocals make it even more anthemic.
“IDLES does not exist without Gang Of Four,” the band explain of the cover. “‘Damaged Goods’ still sounds new and exciting after the millionth listen. We jumped at the chance to just play it, let alone record it. It was an honour, a joy and a privilege.”