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Essentials: “Bon Bon (Mike Lindsay Remix)” – Songhoy Blues

“Bon Bon (Mike Lindsay Remix)” is fun and danceable take on one of the standout tracks from Songhoy Blues‘ 2020 album Optimisme. The remix sees the UK based Malian rock band put their song in the hands of Mercury prize-winning musician Mike Lindsay of electronic folk band Tunng amongst others.

Released on Transgressive Records, Lindsay morphs the song from a piece of dry desert blues into an almost vaporwave-esque piece of synth-pop, replete with bright glitzy synths and danceable electronic drums.

The lyrics, a meditation on the value or lack thereof of emigrating from Africa to Europe in search of riches, remain, as does the infectious guitar riff in the chorus. It makes sure that the remix maintains the message that made the original so effective. Pairing that with an instrumental as addictive as it is groovy means not only does this remix provides a refreshing take on the original, but is a great song in its own right.

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