More and more these days I've been hearing about Balam Acab. The 20 year old Alec Koone has been producing hyptnotic spells, which some unfortunately like to call Witch House, since his See Birds EP from August 2010.
Lots of interest has been leveled on Balam Acab's newest release Wander / Wonder that came out in August and whose cover you're seeing to the side. While I have yet to acquire the album in its entirety, everything I've heard has piqued my interest. Really, I've just been waiting for his bleeps to sound louder on my radar.
Until now. Hanging out on Soundcloud I came upon Balam Acab's remix of another up-and-coming artist who is garnering a lot of plays these days in the interworld: Lana Del Rey. This is her song "Video Games" given the Witch House treatment.
Her smokey vocals, sung barely above speaking, permeate Balam Acab's world like cigarettes in a film noir. The opening lines, "Sweating in the backyard/ pull up in your fast car/ whispering my name/ You open up a beer/ say, "get over here"/ play your video games/ In your favorite sundress/ watching me get undressed/ take your body downtown/ honey," which have made "Video Games" the internet sensation it's become, stretch out to their most sensual supported by the track's intimate electronica. Balam Acab frees Lana Del Rey from her own nostalgia and brings this talented songstress fully to the modern era, and the song "Video Games" to one of the best tracks of the year.