I have a weird confession. I had not heard the “LA Girl” part of “Robocop” until I saw clips of Kanye’s recent live performance of 808s & Heartbreak on YouTube. I don’t know how this happened. I must have downloaded an unfinished version of “Robocop” from LimeWire when it leaked and never replaced it with the finished version! For years I have been unaware of one of the most beautiful album interludes of all time by my favorite artist of all time.
To make up for it and way overcompensate for that prior gap in knowledge, I made a mixtape inspired by “LA Girl.” It continues to highlight the recent upward trend of California-inspired art à la Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, The Weeknd’s “The Hills,” and this past July’s Tape Tuesday The Hills Have Eyes.
Goin’ up in L.A., girl I know what you’re used to / Don’t worry ’bout a thing, we can just keep it simple
NOTE: The SoundCloud mix is missing track 13 (“Daddy Issues” by The Neighbourhood).
ESTA has never found a song too well-known or pristine to remake. Most notably, he created a version of Ginuwine’s “Pony” that’s almost as strong as the original and absolutely murdered Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
His latest, a quick but impressive flip of Fetty Wap‘s ubiquitous “Trap Queen” is another solid entry in his canon.
ESTA drops all the bass from Fetty’s vocals and turns the original’s hooks and verses into the 2015 equivalent of chipmunk soul.
Like much of ESTA’s discography “1738” chugs along at a sanguine, unhurried pace. The massive synths are allowed to unfurl slowly, and each booming bass drum hit ripples out like a stone thrown into water.
It might not supplant Fetty’s original in your pregame playlist, but for almost any other situation it’d be wise to have “1738” locked and loaded like a glock in your ‘rari.
We are the loneliest generation. And I’m starting to accept that. Because it’s a beautiful loneliness. It’s a loneliness where we are both interconnected and isolated by our own devices. The chasm between reality and fantasy is shrinking. The internet allows us to develop personas, and man, these personas are perfect people. We have perfect opinions on every controversial event. And we are artists. And we have ideas for Kanye. It’s dumb but feels better than reality. We are alone together as an escape from just being alone. What we don’t realize is that being alone together is a lot sadder than just being alone.
So I made a really sad mixtape.
Note: SoundCloud does not have the first track of the mix (“Wound” by Arca), and the transition between that track and Tunji Ige’s “Song of the Night” is the best thing ever. So I’d recommend you download the mix (below) for that.
Chillin’ playing Lupe, feeling all alone, ain’t seen you in two Tuesdays