The word “swanky” just isn’t used enough in pop culture. It’s a perfect word for luxury and opulence, criminally underutilised by a society that undervalues diverse turns of phrase. And it sounds funny.
If someone was going to put “swanky” into their song, a strong guess would have been Jarvis Cocker. The noted social critic, intellectual, and occasional pop musician, Cocker has now shared two new remixes to his band JARV IS… and their new song ‘Swanky Modes’.
The first mix, done by Jamaican reggae guitarist Dennis Bovell, takes the original song and filters it through a spaced-out dub kaleidoscope. Plenty of reverb, plenty of echo, and plenty of space between to groove. Lee “Scratch” Perry would be proud.
The second remix is the same track but only the instrumental, just in case you had always hoped JARV IS… could contain a little less Jarvis. It really gives you an appreciation for Cocker’s singular drawl, as the tune gets significantly more generic once his voice disappears from the proceedings.
That’s not to say the song, or the remix, aren’t ornate pretty things, but taking away Jarvis is like taking away the brain and the heart. You’ve still got some appendages, but you’re not going to get very far.
Cocker and company have announced a return to the live stage as well, with a couple of tour dates popping up towards the end of the year. If you were looking to get your bookworm butt back out into a club to see England’s most erudite pop star, this will be your finest opportunity.
Check out the remixes for ‘Swanky Modes’, as well as the upcoming tour dates for JARV IS…, down below.
JARV IS… tour dates:
2 Nov – Albert Hall, Manchester
3 Nov – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
5 Nov – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
6 Nov – Marble Factory, Bristol
8 Nov – O2 Institute, Birmingham
9 Nov – The Roundhouse, London
11 Nov – Barrowlands, Glasgow
12 Nov – Octagon, Sheffield