Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)
Fresh off a killer performance at Pitchfork Music Festival, Vic Mensa has released his own unique take on Future‘s “Codeine Crazy“, first premiered live during his set this past weekend. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, coinciding with the release of Future’s DS2 album, while also following the release of Vic’s recent collaboration with Skrillex, titled “No Chill“.
This isn’t your typical rap cover where you’d expect an artist to slap a new coat of paint on a rehashed beat and simply call it a “freestyle.” Instead, we find Vic channeling his inner rockstar as he opens up about the struggles of flying too close to the sun (a la Icarus) on his rise to stardom and how he copes with the new pressures. The angsty, guitar driven backdrop sets the stage perfectly for Vic to experiment in a way like never before, while also allowing longtime collaborators Stefan Ponce and Papi Beatz to show off some of their range from a production standpoint as well.
Vic is currently preparing to release his Roc Nation debut, Traffic, sometime later this year. The album already boasts features from heavyweights like Kanye West and Skrillex, though remaining details seem to be sparse at this point. Be on the lookout for the talented emcee in your city as he embarks on his Traffic Tour to close out the summer.
For the most part, a lot of us don’t know what the heck we are doing here. We just go by our day to day, trying to figure out the meaning of life with some days being A LOT easier than others. And while we will probably never ever really know the answer, what we do know is that there is an Indie Dojo down below waiting to be played. If anything, that should be able to occupy us for a while…
It Aint Over Til Its Over
Animal (Miike Snow Cover)
Working hard or hardly working? Either way, we’ve got an Indie Dojo to whistle to while you work…or you don’t. Hey, it might even make you look more productive.
When It All Bleeds Out
Phillip G Cook
Whats Love Got to do With It (Tina Turner cover)
Dark Child (Single Edit)
Fallen So Young
We admit. It can be pretty hard finding good music sometimes. Even with the saturation of internet, it can feel like you are floating in a big black hole of deafening silence. Until you remember that the Indie Dojo’s got your back. Our tireless ears and bomb ass internet search tactics will be here for you no matter what dark holes you float into. Cause if you didn’t already know, Ninjas do it better in the dark.
The Floral Wham Trams
Your Own Mind
Feed Me Jack
Twice (Little Dragon Cover)
Feed Me Jack
Reelin In The Years (Steely Dan Cover)
As they prepare to release their upcoming EP, Oakland-based Feed Me Jack put out a phenomenal collection of covers last night. With Little Dragon, Steely Dan, Weezer and more included, the 5-track project showcases Feed Me Jack’s experimental indie rock and versatile musicianship to perfection. As with all great covers, the songs are complete re-imaginations that take each song to unique and exciting places.
Their take on Little Dragon’s “Twice,” our personal favorite, starts similarly to the original utilizing a beautiful acoustic backing, but around the 1-minute mark expands on that initial melody falling into a blissful guitar jam. It’s the type of song that only gets better the longer you listen–after repeating the chorus it once again erupts into a gorgeously composed outro. Feed Me Jack’s take on Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years,” another stand-out, transforms the original into an airy, guitar-layered jam session mixed in with flawless horns. Add in some goofy ad-libs, and it captures FMJ’s breezy quirkiness making for a completely different listen than the classic original.
It’s interesting hearing a young band like FMJ, who’s musicianship gives them freedom to take on endless sonic endeavors, truly establishing a sound. It’s even more intriguing that they’re able to do so while covering other artists’ music. Feed Me Jack are currently working on originals for their next EP, which they expect to drop in August. Based on some of the experimentation we’re hearing on this project, we really can’t wait for what they have in store. You can pick up the full covers EP over at their Bandcamp page for free and check out our interview with them from a few months back here.
ZHU’s first BBC Radio 1 Mix aired a few days ago, and now you can preview some of the gems he played. First off is an infectious remix of Michael Jackson’s classic hit “Thriller”, which was first debuted at Hard Day of the Dead last year. Next up is a very sexy flip of Nile Rogers funky project Chic. ZHU tackles the track “I’ll Be There” and nails it on all levels. And last is an “ID” that is most likely a new single off his next EP/Album and it doesn’t disappoint. Cheers.
Ill Be There (ZHU Extended Vocal Mix)
It’s no easy feat to choose an untouchable hip-hop classic like ’21 Questions’ as the basis for an experimental cover, but two talented women in the Australian electronic scene have turned an unlikely scenario into a success that is so damn satisfying. Nicole Millar of Peking Duk’s ‘High’ fame and the forward-thinking Zuri Akoko have combined their unique skills to flip the iconic lyrics and breathe a fresh perspective onto a track that others would dare not try and touch. The allure of this version comes in their ability to take inspiration from the song’s underlying emotion and craft an interpretation that lets them speak through their own artistic strengths. The sultry vocals of Nicole meld with the hauntingly beautiful atmosphere of Zuri’s sound to create a piece of music that will seduce your ears into instant obsession.
It’s just one of a series of gorgeous covers recently from the pair, with similarly enchanting adaptations of Shlohmo and Mya rounding out this incredible showcase of musical prowess. No doubt you’ll be craving for more of these in the near future once you’ve peeped all three below.
Nicole & Zuri
21 Questions (50 Cent Cover)
Nicole & Zuri
Bo Peep (Shlohmo Cover)
Nicole & Zuri
Like Wo (Mya Cover)