To me, to you: Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

Danny Wright brings together artists who should snap at the opportunity to collaborate.

Collaborations. For every Arcade Fire, Bowie and James Murphy there’s Nelly and Tim McGraw. For every Death in Vegas and Iggy Pop, you’ll get a Weezer and Lil Wayne. And then there are those which came about through baffling, unknown circumstance (looking at you, Keane and Pete Doherty) There’s even a song on Pitbull’s new album called ‘Fun’, featuring Chris Brown, which might well be the exact definition of an oxymoron.

But when it’s good, oh boy, it’s good, a musical kismet that’s hard to pinpoint. Artists become more than the sum of their parts, bouncing ideas off each other and realising a chemistry so undeniable, innate and instinctive it feels like they should have been together all the time.

This year we’ve seen so many strange and beautiful ones it seems like any collaboration is possible. And with With A Little Help From My Fwends, The Flaming Lips managed to get Miley Cyrus, J Mascis and Tegan and Sara all on one record.

And it gets better. This month has seen us salivate over a picture of Miguel and Jai Paul in the studio together, while Daughter and Warpaint are remixing each other’s tracks, Kanye West might feature on the next James Blake record and Sky Ferreira is working with Bobby Gillespie.

With that, DIY decided to think up some dream collaborations we’d like to see happen in 2015. And, if 2014 taught us anything, it’s to dream big.

Royal Blood Orange

Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

You might well be thinking “But you’ve just come up with this one because they both have the word Blood in their name”. And, of course, you’d be right. But the more you think about it the better it sounds. Just imagine it: the crunching, visceral garage rawk of Royal Blood mixed with the ’80s tinged, super slick pop odes of Dev Hynes’ latest project. And just picture them all wearing matching leather jackets.

Goril-lads

After the events of the mid-’90s, a collaboration between Britpop foes Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher seemed less likely than finding Bono’s humility. Who can forget in 1996 when Oasis wittily changed the lyrics from Parklife to Shite-life at the Brits? (Not to mention Gallagher grotesquely wishing Albarn died of AIDS.)

But there has been a blossoming mutual appreciation between the two over the years to the point where a collaboration is now a “distinct possibility”. They’ve already performed ‘Tender’ on stage together and Alex James recently claimed the pair are “like best mates now” and even went as far as to say the pair are “working together on a lot of stuff”. Could 2015 be the year we see a mono-browed cartoon version of Noel appear?

Me first, U2

Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

How about Kanye West and Bono? Because sometimes having one massive ego in a room just isn’t enough. Give them a day in the studio and we’re sure poverty could be ended, injustice wiped out and all the world’s wrongs put right. They might even have time to make a song.

In fact, producer Swiss Beatz claimed three years ago the holy two had worked on a track called ‘Skyscrapers’ with him. The song still hasn’t seen the light of day though so we’re not sure we believe him. After all, the world hasn’t imploded

#Breaktheinternet with Taylor Swift

When you’re as colossal a star as Taylor Swift it makes sense that you can probably be a little picky about who you collaborate with. “The things that I try to really focus on when bringing out people as surprise guests is: what do my fans really want to see, what would they lose their minds over?

So it made sense that when she was asked about who she’d most like to collaborate with live she declared: “I love Iggy Azalea, I love HAIM.” Talk about #breakingtheinternet, could you fit more of the last year’s biggest hitters on one stage? We can already see Hyde Park next summer: a ‘Shake It Off’/’The Wire’/’Fancy’ medley, a dance routine, pyrotechnics and a million think pieces. And if they make a track together? Goodbye internet.

Charli xxCX

Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

You might well be thinking “But you’ve just come up with this one because they both have two Xs in their name”. And, of course, you’d be right. But the more you think about it the better it sounds. Just imagine it: the big, brash, bratty, new-wave doo-wop pop of Charli mixed with the sultry, demure tones of The xx. And just picture them all wearing matching cheerleader outfits.

Animal Collective

Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

You might well be thinking “But you’ve just come up with this one because they both have animals in their name”. And, of course, you’d be right. OK, I’ll stop … but, you have to admit, putting Deers and Wolf Alice - two of the most exciting new bands around - together in the studio and watching the sparks fly would be a pretty thrilling spectacle. There’s a wide-eyed beauty and an intimacy to both that would make it the best-ever-indie-disco-last song-let’s-get-in-a-circle-and-jump-around-anthem that we all need. Can you imagine combining the ramshackle fun of ‘Trippy Gum’ and the arms aloft euphoria of ‘Bros’? Can you?

Gloomrock royalty

What do you get when you put the King of macabre gloom and the heirs to his dark throne together? You get the most majestic, poetic beautiful gloom in all of the world, that’s what. With the Bad Seeds and The National’s Desser brothers trading sonic blows, it would be left to Nick Cave and Matt Berninger’s baritones to soundtrack the apocalypse.

It’s been hinted at already with Matt having added his rich vocals to a remix of Grinderman’s ‘Evil’ in 2012. But we want a whole record dammit. I can already see Warren Ellis thrashing away at a violin, Matt and Nick striding menacingly through the crowds, hearts melting in front of them.

Ripping off the band aid - Bob Geldof and Jaden Smith

Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

We feel Band Aid 30 may have been missing a trick. Yeah, they may have got One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora all in one studio to end suffering. But if Bob really wanted to make a difference he needed to turn to the greatest philosopher of our time, Jaden Smith. Just look at his ideas. ‘If You Turned The State Of Alabama Into One Giant Farm, The Land Area Could Grow Enough Food To Support 10 billion People.’ Yes it would. And if this tweet isn’t a line begging to be in the next version of Band Aid we don’t know what is: ‘ If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth’. By harnessing this level of insight Sir Bob could heal the world.


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