Caribou, “Can’t Do Without You (Manila Killa & Kidswaste Cover)”

Can’t Do Without You” is a slow burner of a track that mounts into a euphoric exploration of emotion, youth, and beauty. It’s a palatial soundscape which folds and flows endlessly to the very nerve endings in our toes, fingertips, and the hairs on the nape of our necks. Caribou, upon its release, redefined his career as an IDM staple with the track becoming one of the dark horses of the 2015 Ibiza and festival season (especially after the release of the Mano le Tough and Tale of Us remix). These are mighty large shoes to fill. Ones that require craftiness, an urge to experiment, and an apparent love of the source material.

With Manila Killa, the track becomes a spectral, plush, ghostly floatation device: constantly lifting, warming, and pushing beyond the stars into the night sky. If there was a genre called “stargaze house,” this would be it. Borrowing elements of future bass, specifically the combination of kicks and snares, it would be unfair to call this version of Caribou’s classic a straightforward remix; it’s a cover that features new vocals from French musician Kidswaste as well as an entirely new musical structure aside from the main chord progression. The real star of the show is the use of ambience built from the use of pads, warm piano, and a symphony of strings so ornate they border on sinful. The ethereal, enveloping textures tie the song together like a pair of loved, worn in sneakers. There’s something about the track that just feels like home.

This is what it’s like to kiss in the rain. This is what it’s like to fall in love. This is what it’s like to look back at fond memories. Manila Killa knows feels – and we expect you to have them when you listen to this rework.

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