While we’re busying dreaming up musician pairings in the Fantasy Band Draft, Converse has gone into the world and made it happen. With their “Three Artists, One Song” music series, the shoe company recruits three musicians with drastically different styles and brought them to the new Rubber Track Studios to collaborate.
The first release came in July, featuring rapper Kid Cudi, Best Coast star Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalists Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend. The resulting song, named “All Summer” is a surprisingly successful track, meshing all three’s musical styles together while allowing each to show their signature sounds. Cudi’s flow is fantastic overtop Batmnglij’s music, and the way the tunes pick up for Cosentino’s fun chorus makes you want to kick out your chair and start dancing. Besides posting the song as a free download, Converse contributed again to the creation of an awesome, big-headed music video, seen below.
I’m not nearly as crazy about the August offering. Posted yesterday, “I’m A Goner” is a collab between Soulja Boy, Matt & Kim, and Andrew W.K. Though this track actually has more star power than the last, it’s not nearly as genre-busting as its predecessor. I don’t care for the marching band-esque beat or the synths used that back nearly the entire track. Andrew’s parts are easily the best on the track, though Matt & Kim do an acceptable job holding down the chorus hook. There’s no video for this one, but grab the track for free via the Converse website.
Even though Converse is currently batting .500 with this new series, the promise it shows is obvious. Most would laugh at the collaborations suggested above, but they’re pulling this whole thing off in great fashion.