New Audio: ThisisDA’s Swaggering, Gorillaz and Hip-Hop Inspired Rework of Bad Sounds’ “Avalanche”


If you’ve been frequenting this site over the past couple of months, you might recall that a couple of months ago, I wrote about the Bath, UK-based indie pop quintet Bad Sounds. With the December 2015 release of their debut single “I Feel,” the British quintet quickly emerged into the British scene as the single received praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit and Vice Noisey, and received airplay from BBC Radio personalities Zane LowePhil TaggertAnnie Mac and Huw Stephens. The Bath, UK-based quintet’s second single “Avalanche,” which I wrote about a couple of months ago, had the band pairing fuzzy guitar chords, angular bass chords, electronic bleeps and bloops, a motorik-like groove, and a rousingly infectious hook in a song that sounds as though it was indebted to Damon Albarn‘s work with Blur and Gorillaz, complete with a similar wry, self-effacing irony.

Recently, British electronic music artist and producer ThisisDA recently released a wildly inventive rework of Bad Sounds’ “Avalanche” that retains only a small but recognizable portion the song’s hook through the use of a subtly chopped up vocal sample paired with enormous, tweeter and woofer rattling boom bap beats, swirling electronics, shimmering synth cascades, a sinuous bass line and a couple of emcees spitting fire over a swaggering, funky and trippy production that manages to sound equally inspired by the aforementioned Gorillaz and others.