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Pretty much as soon as it posted, I fell in love with the Pale Young Gentlemen cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” from Cokemachineglow‘s annual Fantasy Covers Podcast. Only imagining the effort that it takes CMG to organize these collections, I was hesitant to appropriate the song for a mix until chromewaves pointed out that the band had sent it out themselves as well. I’m not all that familiar with the work of the Gentlemen, but I was shocked to find out that, despite every lyrical hint they could give me short of big-upping their high school in an ad-libbed verse, they weren’t a Scottish band, but rather one from Wisconsin with an accent that I still refuse to accept as American. The instrumentation of the Clash sample, gun and cash register sound effects, as well as the toned down mood of the track make it irresistible.