If we had a nickel for every time we've been listening to something from Cults and thought to ourselves, "Man, this song is swell, but it would be a hell of a lot better with some rap verses over it...", we would be bajillionaires.
But no longer must we lament over the conspicuous absence of hip-hop/twee-pop fusion tracks in today's music!
We first heard about a perplexing prospective Cults project from guitarist Brian Oblivion back in July: "We're working on a hip hop mixtape of the album. Like, changing all the songs up and getting up and coming rappers, guys like Freddie Gibbs and Lil B and stuff. That's gonna be really exciting. We've been dealing with a lot of really bizarre managers ... interesting personalities."
Today, Hypetrak is treating us to a listen of the first cut from the yet-to-be-named release: a punched-up re-work of sparkling throwback jam "Bad Things", featuring a verse by Freddie Gibbs (who Oblivion says the indie pop duo tapped because "he’s like really, really gangster and we’re not gangster at all").
Stream the Gibbs' bumping rendition of "Bad Things" below, and pray to Based God that we'll hear more of these collabs soon.
Extra credit: Cults is gearing up for (yet another) tour in the new year (now, with more street cred!). Check out dates and details below:
11/18 - The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
11/19 - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
11/20 - The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
11/29 - The Met, Pawtucket, RI
11/30 - House of Blues, Boston, MA
1/28 - Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
1/30 - Silo Park, Auckland, Australia
2/4 - Footscray Community Arts Cntr, Melbourne, Australia
2/5 - Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
2/10 - Fowler's Live & UNISA West Courtyards, Adelaide, Australia