Rong (Röyksopp/James Brown Mash Up) – Ah Trees [Single Review]

Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung

Wailing in your ears with resounding guitar riffs comes Rong, Ah Tree’s latest imaginings of Röyksopp's track of the same name, the embodiment of a much sassier tone and indeed some harboured resentment. The dark groove, laden with whispery vocals welcomes James Brown’s Get Up Off Of That Thing around the one minute mark.

Interwoven amongst the driving beat comes Ah Tree’s signature funk guitars and unambiguous synths lapping up the determination in front man, Ryan Adair’s vocals.

The interesting combination of Röyksopp and James Brown comes from the thought process of a need to have a positive finish to the track where the original continued its lament up until its end. “We wanted to make it have a more positive conclusion, like looking in the mirror and realising you’re not happy with yourself though having the strength to pull yourself out of the darkness, which is where James Brown comes into it,” said Adair.

You can catch Ah Trees at WAM’s Saturday Spectacular, Nov 7, where they’ll be enveloping Flyrite with their lush sounds nice and early from 12:50pm.