New Waves: ANR cover Kelis’s ‘Millionaire’

By | December 17th, 2011 | No Comments

On Friday, NYC-based 7” slingers Neon Gold Records released two videos featuring Miami synth-pop duo ANR — Brian Robertson and Michael-John Hancock — on NGTV. First up is a video for ANR’s cover of “Millionaire”, a single from Harlem rapper Kelis’s 2003 album, Tasty, which was produced by and features Andre 3000. Robertson and Hancock, whose chemistry is palpable during this shoot, slow the original down to a meditative stroll, a fitting interpretation of Kelis’s ruminations on the premise that money can’t buy happiness: “Mama, I’m a millionaire/but I feel like a bum.”

The second video in the episode is for “It’s Around You”, an original track off of ANR’s superb 2011 LP, Stay Kids. Another, decidedly different video for the song, made by Borscht Film Festival director Lucas Leyva and artist Jillian Mayer, premiered on in mid-September.

The NGTV video for “It’s Around You”, which Neon Gold released earlier this year as a 7” with the song “Blood on Blood”, finds Robertson (keyboard, leg cast) and Hancock (drums) in what looks like the inside of a wooden crate. Fittingly, then, the duo plays a stripped-down version of “It’s Around You”, eschewing the funkdafied horn section on the original recording in favor of a rendition that showcases the band’s prodigious musical and emotional intensity.

Both NGTV videos were directed by Jackpot of the West.

William Alton is a regular contributor to the Beached Miami music section and the curator of the Miami Music Guide. Follow him on Twitter @beachedwilly.

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