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Listen: Bastille – "Oblivion (Wild Cub Remix)" [Premiere]

15 September 2014, 16:00 | Written by Maya Hambro

Nasville five-piece WIld Cub have lent their remixing skills to London quartet Bastille's single "Oblivion" taken from their riotously successful album Bad Blood.

Stripping back the morose musical accompaniment of the original until all that's left is Dan Smith's typically emotive vocal, Wild Cub have repurposed the track using psuedo-African beats and a heavy dose of marimba, cutting Smith's words into minature samples to punctuate the cut. This serves to alter the mood entirely, into one that's more evocative of a party on a beach than a terrified Sophie Turner singing to an assembled crowd of spectators (as in the original's video.)

Wild Cub have worked their magic rather seamlessly on this remix, and it's likely to convert a lot of people who may not previously have been Bastille fans. They've picked up on Smith's ear for a melody and repurposed it into something modern and enticing, eschewing the mainstream melodrama that has been known to accompany some of the four piece's less subtle efforts. Collaboratively it's a perfect fit: an ode to grief becomes a late-summer anthem, clad in a suitably simple dose of sunshine, to ease us into the colder autumn months.

Bastille's album Bad Blood is out now, you can order it here.

Wild Cub's album Youth is out now, you can order it here.

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