Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Columbia Records & Chandler Bing Present: HAIM & A$AP Ferg - "My Song 5" (Remix)

Los Angeles sister act HAIM have indeed dabbled with Hip-Hop in the past, whether it be nearly getting recruited as A$AP Rocky's backing band or appearing on genre-blending Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino tracks... But now they've enlisted rising A$AP Mob emcee, A$AP Ferg to append a ferocious add-on verse to their Days Are Gone album stand-out, "My Song 5." It's not entirely unlike a visual Where's Waldo? of seemingly everyone Danielle, Este & Alana Haim have encountered or befriended while on the road over the last couple years; featured emcee A$AP Ferg, Ke$ha, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Grimes, Big Sean, SNL comedian Vanessa Bayer, Mama & Papa Haim, producer Ariel Rechtshaid, and even "Artemis" from It's Always Sunny. Leading up to it's Tuesday afternoon release, @HAIMtheband's long-rumored "My Song 5" video was subtly teased with cleverly edited 90's screen-grabs from Sally Jessy Raphael, Jerry Springer, and Ricki Lake; the finished product vaguely resembles a trashy daytime TV talk show wherein host "Dallas Murphy"'s guests profess their secret love for mimes, steamy girl-on-girl romances, deathly fears of cotton balls, and unrequited feline love. It's all sporadically inter-spliced with random quick-strike cameos and some sort of moody, dimly lit backstage HAIM quasi-performance footage. I'm pleasantly surprised that HAIM and the powers that be at Columbia Records actually chose their 1980-90's Dance-Funk-leaning "My Song 5" as the album's sixth single, nearly a full year after Days Are Gone's initial release. Rolling Stone's lengthy November HAIM-centric piece interestingly notes that "at a party earlier this year, Timbaland told HAIM that he loved their track "My Song 5." "Which is basically us ripping him off!" says Danielle [Haim]."

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