After rewatching the brilliant Drive and hearing Nightcall in the opening credits again, I just thought to myself, "Y'know what? I wanna own this masterpiece." Nightcall is seriously one of the best goddamn synthwave tunes ever made.
Favorite track: Nightcall.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s recent film, “Drive” operates on a level of cool that's hard to articulate with just words; it takes a snippet from the movie, take the opening credits backed by Kavinksy’s ‘Nightcall’, to really grasp it’s effortless debonair. Since the film’s September release, this single’s Youtube video has climbed to over 7 million views, and has been on repeat across an expanse of playlists, always fueling the after-after party with the slow burn of glossed synth echoes. Now Kavinksy emerges from this late-night haze with the helping of friends, bearing a collection of covers, remixes, and second takes for yet another drive through the midnight hours.
Kavinsky died in a car crash in 1986, whilst driving his beloved Testarossa. He re-appeared as a zombie in 2005, with his 12-inch, Teddy Boy. Since then, he has shown up all around the globe, playing his music to fellow humans. Crowds gathered to witness the miracle: despite being dead, Kavinsky was still alive. In 2007, he released his second 12-inch, ‘1986’. This is when his French robot mates in Daft Punk invited him to join their Alive’ Tour, and A-Trak put together an American Tour in his now repaired Testarossa. After discovering the world with his red eyes, Kavinsky retreated to his base camp to work on his debut album.
The single ‘Nightcall’ is composed of 4 tracks that represent the sensual, epic and romantic French sound like never before.
The song was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk and mixed by SebastiAn and finds the spooky, distorted, zombie vocals of Kavinsky perfectly counterbalanced by the sultry purr of CSS’ front kitten Lovefoxxx.
On the other side, Kavinsky has produced the fantastic 'Pacific Coast Highway'. This track really taps into the Kavinsky story as a voiceover narrates a high-speed ghost-car chase on the freeway. Kavinsky’s trademark arpeggiated 80’s sound forms the stylish backdrop to a thrilling pursuit the cops haven’t a chance in hell of winning.
The remix package for this release comes courtesy of secretive and emblematic figures. Nightcall gets a rework by the mysterious Dustin Nguyen. The sensuous vibe of the original gets sped-up for dancefloors around the world by one of the finest French talents to emerge in recent years. ‘Pacific Coast Highway’ gets a treatment by the enigmatic Jackson, the true hero of the French electro sound of the last decade. The avante-garde producer, signed to Warp, transforms the original chase into a sprawling, drawn-out nine-minute epic that is pure high-octane.
The three digital bonus remixes are signed Breakbot, the funky Ed Banger crew member, and the two winners of a successful remix contest (544 final entries!), SAWAGii, with a metal cover of the song, and Robotaki, who offers a fantastic and fresh remix.