With Jet’s brief reformation earlier this year for a handful of gigs and the signing of a new global deal, we speculated that there might just be new Jet music on the way, and it turns out we were right.
What we wouldn’t have guessed in a million years was that they’d make their return like this, in a bizarre team-up with who else but Italian house duo The Bloody Beetroots.
The latter bring the weird electronic twinges and intense urgency that drive the piece along, while Jet are channeling their old muses – AC/DC and The Beatles most of all – as Nic Cester howls the title: “My name is thunder!” before they slip into a woozy, Beatles-esque interlude.
Turns out the track came about when The Bloody Beetroots were after a singer who had something along the lines of Cester’s signature vox, but they ended up going for the real deal, which made sense considering he’d been living in Italy for years.
“I knew this song needed a certain rock tone… a tone like Nic Cester of Jet had,” the Beetroots’ Sir Bob Corenlius Rifo told triple j. “We thought instead of someone ‘like Nic Cester’, how about we get the real Nic Cester?
“He lived just a couple hours away from me in Italy. I found him… We worked together, ate together, drank together and created something very powerful together.
“Around this time the Jet guys stared talking and thinking about getting back together, when Nic shared this with his bandmates, the idea came up to have all of Jet involved. Because of our different influences, we had different ideas on the mixing and from that, we came up with two versions. It’s the best of both our worlds.”
You can make up your own mind about whether it’s a perfect link between two genres or not below, as well as footage of the Bloody beetroots unveiling the track live a few weeks back.