Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner Mini Mansions collaboration compared to ‘Sinatra mixed with LL Cool J’

Frontman has laid down vocals for new song 'Vertigo' with US trio

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s contribution to the new album from Mini Mansions has been compared to “Sinatra mixed with LL Cool J” by Michael Shuman of the band.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, which is on newsstands and available digitally now, Shuman explains how Turner came to record new song ‘Vertigo’ with his band.

Shuman, who is also bass player in Queens Of The Stone Age, recalls being in the studio with Turner as they recorded the song which will feature on Mini Mansions’ new album ‘The Great Pretenders’. “He wrote the lyrics pretty quickly and knocked the whole thing out in one take.” Shuman adds that the song is, “Like Sinatra mixed with LL Cool J. It’s influenced by West Coast ’90s rap and R&B.”

“We’ve become close with Alex and the rest of the Arctic Monkeys,” he adds. “He lives down the street in LA from the studio we were recording in, so he’d just drop by. We had this idea that the second verse of ‘Vertigo’ would be sung with a British-type Mark E Smith vocal. It seemed the obvious choice to have a real Brit on it.”

Earlier this month Turner appeared on stage with Mini Mansions to perform ‘Vertigo’. Asked if there is any chance of the on-stage collaboration happening again, Shuman was certain that it will. “There’s an open door policy with Alex. He was an early supporter. If he’s around and we’re playing there’ll always be a mic for him.”

Mini Mansions release ‘The Great Pretender’ in 2015 on T Bone Burnett’s Electromagnetic Recordings label.
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