On paper, James Mercer and Danger Mouse are an unusual partnership.
One cut their teeth with The Shins, arguably one of the most prominent groups to emerge from the decade-long Stateside indie boom. The other, though, is a hip hop guru who has grown to work with everyone from Black Keys to U2.
Between them, the pair form Broken Bells. Recently returning with second album 'After The Disco' the duo are using what little common ground they have to break new ground, defining and refining their gifts in the process.
Out on February 3rd, the album advances the songcraft of their debut by allowing the electronic influences of Danger Mouse a little more prominence (check the full Clash verdict HERE).
Recruiting a handful of guest producers to work on remixes, Broken Bells were keen to find something new, to allows new influences to creep into their work.
Surkin certainly supplies this. The French guru cut his teeth as part of the electro-house movement, before turning towards something rather more subtle, soulful.
Adding some club-ready electronics to 'Holding On For Life', Surkin loops James Mercer's vocal whilst throwing some house percussion underneath Danger Mouse' production.
Premiering on Clash, listen to 'Holding On For Life (Surkin Canblaster Remix)' below.