You remember, once upon an autumn eve when these playlists first began, I mentioned that there would occasionally be themed mixes. Well today, it’s finally happening. This is Danger Days, a celebration of Brian Burton, more commonly known as Danger Mouse.
Danger Mouse is a superstar, and for good reason. He’s a producer with a tremendous signature style, traversing and melding both hip hop and indie rock. There’s a reason reason people keep going back to him: he’s done production work on the last three Black Keys record (and look how that has worked out) and Damon Albarn worked with him on The Gorillaz’ Demon Days and later on The Good, The Bad and The Queen. MF DOOM made made an album and an EP with him, along with showing up on a Demon Days track. U2 went to him to try to make themselves relevant again. I’m going to listen to the new U2 album! And the only reason is the production of Danger Mouse!
Besides the opinions of other massively talented people, the quality of his work is magnificent without fail; some even argue that his older work is some of his best. His breakout Beatles/Jay-Z mashup The Grey Album was one of the best such albums of the decade, as we all know. Even before that, though, Danger Mouse was making albums far better with his magic touch. His production on Ghetto Pop Life, his collaboration with Jemini, is terrific.
Now, Danger Mouse seems to be churning out a hit every few months. Just in the last two years, we’ve gotten his collaborations and production work with Linkous and Lynch (late, but still); The Black Keys (on two albums); Danielle Luppi, Norah Jones, and Jack White; and James Mercer. It’s getting obscene. He doesn’t play an instrument. He doesn’t sing. That doesn’t matter; Brian Burton is still one of the greatest musicians of this era.
This playlist takes a song from ten of my favorite Danger Mouse releases, each one that I think shows off some of the signature Danger Mouse tricks. If I may say, this is one of my favorite playlists that I’ve created, though that might be the Danger Mouse Effect. [link]
- Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
- Gorillaz - Kids With Guns
- Broken Bells - Your Head Is On Fire
- Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It) ft. David Lynch
- DANGERDOOM - The Mask
- The Black Keys - Too Afraid To Love
- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Problem Queen ft. Norah Jones
- Danger Mouse & Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life
- The Good, The Bad and The Queen - History Song
- Beck - Modern Guilt
- Tyler Hanan