Stride monster and improv extraordinaire Scott Bradlee, the man behind Postmodern Jukebox (and one of my favourite “future music” experiences ever), just put out his band’s 2013 Year In Review mashup. It’s amazing. Stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch the video below.
The band — filled out by a few new faces, musicians and dancers from New York City — was invited to shoot in the offices of Cosmopolitan Magazine in New York City.
The medley swings through the 1920s to the 1980s, from a ragtime take on “Blurred Lines” to a soul version of “Royals.”
Bradlee’s blog lists all the covers and styles:
This was a really fun shoot- we decided to take 6 of the year’s big hits and reinterpret each one using the musical stylings of a different decade. The songs (and singers) featured were:
- Robyn singing a 1920′s version of “Blurred Lines”
- Cristina Gatti singing a 1940′s swing version of “Holy Grail”
- Robyn and the Tee Tones singing a doo wop version of “We Can’t Stop”
- Karen Marie singing a Motown version of “Roar” (with Tambourine Guy, of course!)
- Ashley Stroud singing a 70′s soul version of “Royals”
- Andromeda Turre singing “What Does The Fox Say?” mashed up with the previous songs, with beats by DJ Jermaine Harrell and dancing by b-girl Ephrat Asherie.
Once again Postmodern Jukebox proves that jazz makes everything cooler. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us in 2014.
You can check out a quick behind the scenes video shot in the Cosmo offices below.