Other People's Heartache

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Other People's Heartache is a series of mixtapes by Bastille. The first was released in February 2012, the second in December 2012, the third in December 2014, and the fourth in December 2018.

Part one[edit]

Other People's Heartache
Mixtape by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2012 (2012-02-17)
Bastille chronology
Other People's Heartache
Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2

Other People's Heartache is a cover EP,[1] self-released by the band Bastille in February 2012. Dan Smith described the concept behind the release as being to "create a fictional film score or film soundtrack using cover versions of songs".[2] It was released online, available free.[3] Smith stated that the group were contacted and asked to take down the tracks.[2] The tracks "Of The Night" and "What Would You Do?" were later released on the compilation album All This Bad Blood, with the former released as a single.[4]

Track listing[edit]

The EP was composed of mashups of cover versions and samples of other artists' music, film quotes, and the band's own songs.[5]

Other People's Heartache
No.TitleOriginal artist(s)Length
1."Adagio for Strings (What Is Love?)" (featuring Maiday)Samuel Barber, Haddaway3:59
2."What Would You Do?"City High3:22
3."Requiem for Blue Jeans"Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet, Lana Del Rey3:57
4."Of the Night"Corona, Snap!3:34
5."Titanium" (featuring Barnaby Keen Band)David Guetta, Sia Furler2:54
6."Love Don't Live Here" (featuring Rory Andrew, Jonas Jalhay and F.Stokes)Rose Royce6:02
7."Falling" (featuring Ralph Pelleymounter)Angelo Badalamenti, Julee Cruise3:45

Critical response[edit]

PopMatters gave the EP 8/10, hailing it for "demonstrating the power of a good cover".[6]

Part two[edit]

Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2
Mixtape by
ReleasedDecember 2012 (2012-12)
Bastille chronology
Other People's Heartache
Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2
Bad Blood

Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2 is a cover EP self-released by Bastille in December 2012.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Like the previous installment, Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2 largely comprises mashups of samples, cover songs, film quotes and the band's own music.

Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2
No.TitleOriginal artist(s)Length
1."Tuning In" (featuring HUMS Contemporary Choir) 1:02
2."Killer" (featuring F*U*G*Z)Adamski, Seal3:01
3."No Angels" (featuring Ella Eyre)TLC, The xx[8]4:00
4."Walk to Oblivion" (featuring Ralph Pelleymounter)Gheorghe Zamfir, The ARC Choir2:21
5."Forever Ever" (featuring Jay Brown and Kate Tempest)The Fugees, Enya[9]3:42
6."Dreams" (featuring Gabrielle Aplin)Fleetwood Mac4:19
7."Thinkin' Ahead" (featuring O.N.E. and Ric Elsworth)Frank Ocean, Hans Zimmer4:03
8."Free" (featuring Ella Eyre and Erika)Tina Turner, N-Trance[10]3:18
9."Sweet Pompeii"Calvin Harris, Thomas Newman[10]2:32
10."Basement" (featuring F*U*G*Z and F.Stokes) 3:51
11."Oh Holy Night"Adolphe Adam2:16

Critical reception[edit]

Cherwell gave the EP 4/5, commending its having built upon Part One, saying "Dan Smith getting even more ingenious with his connections between film and music and adventurous with his production".[3] It praised the humour of the sampling: "'Sweet Pompeii', mostly a soulful cover of Calvin Harris' 'Sweet Nothing', almost seems like a practical joke on the listener as we go from the verse to a clip of Bernie Sanders talking about the economy to a hilariously unexpected sample of the exact beat break from Harris’ version."[3]

Part three[edit]

VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)
Mixtape by
ReleasedDecember 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)
LabelVirgin Records
Bastille chronology
VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)
Wild World
Singles from VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)
  1. "bad_news"
    Released: 9 August 2013
  2. "The Driver"
    Released: 6 June 2014
  3. "Bite Down"
    Released: 19 September 2014
  4. "Torn Apart"
    Released: 28 November 2014
  5. "Weapon"
    Released: 23 January 2015

VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) is an EP by Bastille, released in December 2014. Unlike the previous two EPs it does not feature covers, but instead a number of collaborations with other musical artists on original tracks,[11] and was the first to be released commercially.[12] The track "The Driver" was released as a part of a re-scored version of Drive.[13]

Track listing[edit]

VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)
1."Fall Into Your Arms" (featuring The Gemma Sharples Quartet)1:49
2."Bite Down" (featuring HAIM)3:00
3."bad_news" (featuring MNEK)4:48
4."The Driver"4:22
5."Axe to Grind" (featuring Tyde and Rationale)4:48
6."Torn Apart" (featuring GRADES)3:06
7."Torn Apart, Pt. II" (featuring GRADES and Lizzo)1:02
8."Weapon" (featuring Angel Haze, F*U*G*Z and Braque)4:48
9."Remains" (featuring Rag'n'Bone Man and Skunk Anansie)4:40

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian gave the EP 3/5 remarking that "most of the eight mashups and collaborations here feel fresh, even urgent".[12] Digital Spy also awarded it 3/5, calling it a "mixed bag of a mixtape", drawing attention to "Fall Into Your Arms" and "Bite Down" as "highpoints".[14] PopMatters gave it 7/10, calling "another fine outing for this impressive group, one that proves, much like its predecessors, that Bastille does its cleverest work when it goes off-album."[11]

Part four[edit]

Other People's Heartache, Pt. 4
Other People's Heartache part 4 cover.png
Mixtape by
Released7 December 2018 (2018-12-07)
Bastille chronology
Wild World
Other People's Heartache, Pt. 4
Doom Days
Singles from Other People's Heartache, Pt. 4
  1. "Grip"
    Released: 6 December 2018

Other People's Heartache, Pt. 4 was released digitally on 7 December 2018 and on clear vinyl for Record Store Day on 13 April 2019.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 4
No.TitleOriginal artistLength
1."Wild World (Intro)" (featuring Kianja)Cat Stevens2:03
2."Would I Lie to You?" (featuring Kianja, S-X and Craig David)Charles & Eddie3:55
3."Grip" (with Seeb) 3:18
4."Don't Let Go (Love)" (featuring Kianja, Craig David and Swarmz; uncredited appearance by Charlie Barnes on guitar)En Vogue4:08
5."Flowers" (featuring Rationale and James Arthur)Sweet Female Attitude3:46
6."The Descent" (featuring Lily Moore, Moss Kena & Jacob Banks) 5:42
7."Warmth (Outro)" (featuring Moss Kena) 1:06
Total length:23:58


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