Paul McCartney has shared another preview of the McCartney III Imagined album of new interpretations of his current album, in the form of a remix of “Slidin’” by Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien.
The EOB remix, as it’s called, will be featured on the new set, which is released digitally on April 16. McCartney III Imagined will also include new mixes and readings of last December’s hugely acclaimed McCartney III album by such artists as Beck, St. Vincent, Damon Albarn, Phoebe Bridgers, and Josh Homme.
O’Brien was an interview guest on presenter Nemone’s show on BBC Radio 6 music this morning, on which he described McCartney as “an extraordinary musician.” During his appearance, the Radiohead guitarist talked about working on the “Slidin’” remix with producer Paul Epworth.
“I really liked [Slidin’], and so I said to Paul Epworth, would you fancy getting stuck in? He was really up for it. It was great,” said O’Brien. “A moment of light in the darkness of the winter that’s just been. We had a lot of fun. Got into [McCartney’s] vocals and added some chaos, some guitar – my reference point was [McCartney’s ‘White Album’ rocker] ‘Helter Skelter,’ ramp up the intensity!”
Guitar World has described the new version of “Slidin’” as “a high-octane rock number, equipped with trash-y guitars, wailing vocals and a huge wall of synths.” It goes on: “O’Brien doesn’t pull his punches, and further shifts things up a gear by the time the guitar-lead middle eight comes around, transforming the once-easy-going melodic phrasing into a hectic, head-banging-inducing breakdown.”
The release of McCartney III Imagined was previewed recently by the release of Beck’s reading of “Find My Way” and, before that, US singer, rapper and songwriter Dominic Fike’s take on “The Kiss of Venus.”
McCartney III Imagined is released digitally on April 16. Pre-order it here.