Aubergine MACHINE - “Call It Fate, Call It Karma ” (The Strokes cover)
When you hear someone is covering The Strokes, you expect it to be a pretty safe copy of “Last Nite” or “Hard to Explain.” Deep house duo Aubergine MACHINE instead deliver something out of the blue and cover the obscure “Call It Fate, Call It Karma” (from Comedown Machine, making the choice even that much more daring). This duo turns The Strokes’ synthy jazz lounge singer shtick into an electronic anthem, taking a page out of Purity Ring’s playbook in the process.
I’ve never entirely bought into the labels of “trip-hop,” “post-dubstep,” “deep house,” or anything like those, but groups like Purity Ring, Aubergine MACHINE, and Chvrches manage to craft these pulsing rhythms that I can definitely dig. Especially resonant and vibe-worthy on this tired, humid weeknight.