Lost but not least! Björk meets Masters At Work – Violently Happy (12″ Mix) (One Little Indian)
‘Violently Happy’… Although first and foremost experimental. With the latter being pretty much the first word comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of Björk Guðmundsdóttir. This most likely explaining her unique musical style. With thanks to an approach which has seen her incorporating elements of almost everything in her impressive repertoire. From Electronic, to Alternative Rock, Classical Music, Jazz and Trip Hop among other things.
Hard to believe the former lead singer of The Sugarcubes started her solo career back in 1993. This with the release of her simply titled ‘Debut’ album. An effort which Björk produced along with former Soul II Soul one half, Nellee Hooper, ‘Debut’ spanned no less than five singles. Including ‘Violently Happy’ which would be given a remix by Masters At Work as a part a 10″ pressing…
‘Violently Happy’ is most definitely what its title says. In other words, an ongoing bittersweet affair with its ups and downs one can feel in both the singer’s interpretation and the arrangements of the song. Speakin’ of it, Björk said it had been inspired by her living in Reykjavík and being far away from her lover.
“‘Violently Happy’ is about when you’re a junkie on exchanging emotion, not at one but at the level 200. That thing. And then the person goes away and you really miss someone”, she said on the issue 154 of i-D Magazine. “When you’re with that person you’re really peaceful, because you get what you need back and you both give everything you need to give. And that person goes away and all that exchange is not there so you get your kicks elsewhere, you end up running on rooftops in blizzards, drinking 97 tequilas just to feel. You know what I mean. So it starts off really happy then the longer the person’s away from you, it starts getting self-destructive…”
Pretty much away from their usual base, Masters At Work would brilliantly enhance the overall feeling. This while comin’ up with atmospheric deep vibes along with a sprakling string hook over a bumpin’ bassline. With the whole somehow reminding of Urbanized feat. Silvano‘s ‘Helpless (I Don’t Know What To Do Without You)’ which they also happened to remix the year before.