Meeting of minds: Dream collaborations that have to happen

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.

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