Pharrell and Justin Timberlake kick off a Kings Of Leon remix album
Thu 27th Aug, 2009 Newsin
Remix albums. They’re a double edged sword if there ever was one. On the one hand they can offer a fresh way of listening to an already stellar album – Elements Of Life Remixed springs to mind – or they can just be a resoundingly cruddy cash grab from desperate labels and complacent artists – Daft Punk’s Daft Club anyone? Yet regardless of their wavering quality, remix albums are becoming more and more apparent, now spilling off outside the dance scene. Recently we’ve seen the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Good Charlotte and Maroon 5 (shudder) get in on the act, but now the word is out that commercial-conquering US rockers Kings Of Leon are prepping their own remixed LP.
In the dubious move announced today by Billboard, the Kings of Leon brood are set to follow the massive success of Only By Night with a remix version of the record complete with reworks from a diverse cast of guests including Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Lykke Li, Mark Ronson and even nu-metal holdouts Linkin Park.
Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill gushed about the prospect of working with such a list of talent saying, “It’s neat to have these people who we would’ve jumped at the chance to work with ourselves… coming to us before we even get a chance to ask them. It’s amazing to hear your song played by these people who are so creative. Most of the time it takes me two or three listens to even wrap my head around, ‘Oh man, that’s our song…’”
That star-heavy list is just the initial lineup of guest remixers with plenty more big names sure to follow. Indeed, it’s got us wondering who will step up to the remix plate for the album. Will they go for some club smashers? Surely the new found rock leanings of Tiesto could work for a stadium sized mix? Or maybe they’ll pull a Jay-Z and call up Luke Steele for some Empire Of The Sun freakiness? Time will tell!