He revamped a classic so classic, it’s essentially a piece of history. The original Robert Johnson blues song “Cross Road Blues” has been evolving ever since its release in 1936, having been covered by Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Cream, Bob Dylan and The Doors. The natural progression of music would inevitably lead to an electronic adaptation – one that we owe Tiger Stripes a round of applause for bringing us.
Tiger Stripes’ forthcoming Crossroads EP on My Favorite Robot Records, set to release March 5, is consistent with the MFR sound – indie dance vibes and vocals with a purpose. The Swedish producer actually debuts his own vocals on “Crossroads” and “Dancer From The Dance”, and from the way it sounds, I’d say these are the first tracks of many.
Preview the four-track EP below, and also hear what Tiger Stripes himself had to say about the production experience.
EP Name: Tiger Stripes – Crossroads EP
Record Label: My Favorite Robot Records
Release date: March 5
Genre(s): House / Indie Dance
Concept or theme behind EP: Making a cover of the track “Crossroad Blues” by Robert Johnson
EP production experience: I wanted to make a cover of the 1936 blues classic “Crossroad Blues”. I thought the lyrics would fit perfect with a spooky electronic vibe in the music. He was a fascinating guy and is now surrounded by lots of myths and legends. It’s said that this song is about selling his soul to the devil to become a successful musician at the crossroads of Highway 61 and 49. My instrument of choice is actually the guitar and I love his style of playing.
The night my cover was recorded, the blues kind of fit my mood. With my family out of town, I was by myself in the studio feeling pretty low and lonely. So I guess you could say I had the blues when I sang the lyrics of Crossroads. It only took me a few hours to make this track, so when I went home that night, the track was finished. I was very happy when My Favorite Robot Records signed it. It’s a great label and I’m also a fan of MFR’s own music.
My tracks are often instrumental, but “Crossroads” together with the B-side, “Dancer From The Dance”, will be the first of a few new tracks where I do the singing. Next one will be on released on Get Physical a few weeks after this release.
Supported by: James What, Jori Hulkkonen, Sasse, Dubfire, Lee Curtiss, Maceo Plex, M.A.N.D.Y., Jazzanova, Chloe, and many more!