Bjork, Mike Patton, Rahzel, and Tanya Tagaq blending their voices together into a song that is insanely beautiful. In the middle part of the song, that’s Mike doing the higher, feminine-sounding parts an octave over Bjork. Rahzel and Tanya provide rhythmic structure. Medulla is such an amanzing album and I wish they’d all collaborate again.
I’m a big dork for Björk. So much so that I know that “dork” and “Björk” don’t actually rhyme. It’s pronounced like “Byerk.”
(…although I still say “Byork” when I’m talking about her because I don’t want to sound any more like a pretentious asshole than I already do.)
ANYWAY, the point is I like Björk a lot and one of my favorite tracks by her is “Who Is It” the show-stopping first single from her vocals-only (well, vocals-mostly) album Medulla. The original version is a dazzling kaleidoscope of magical details, from Rahzel’s beatboxed breakbeats, to the Matmos-assisted fruit machine noises, to that weird, scraping inhale sound. But my favorite part are Björk’s wordless vocalizations.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that I also love the alternate mix above. It comes from the European DVD Single for the track (oh Björk…) and it essentially stretches out the intro and outro of the song, thus making room for even more wordless vocal riffs from our girl. The result is a song that’s even more elemental, primal, and sensuous than the original. It’s strange and bewitching in the way that only Björk can be.