A lot of speculations around this flawless Cover of Outkast, but we finely have an official confirmation from the none other than Pete Tong. Some were saying this could have been Disclosure, so that’s saying a lot of the caliber of this new sensation ZHU. It’s safe to say that everything this guy touches turns to gold, and we can’t wait for more releases. Just in case you missed his most recent Original release “Superfriends”, take a listen. Cheers.
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Moves Like Ms Jackson (Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 Rip)
'81 (Joanna Newsom cover)
As we slowly waltz through the winter months, bundled up with the simple pleasures in life, we’re warmly comforted by our favorite music, softly carrying us to a sunnier, more embraceable time. Something about the familiar lyrics help ease the bitter cold, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.
Marika Hackman certainly knows this, consistently providing listeners with words easily associated with and fondly appreciated time and time again. When she’s not providing her own lyrics, she’s busy covering another notable harp-adorned female storyteller, which is what we have for you today.
Hailing out of the UK, February Resident Marika Hackman has graced us with the pleasure of premiering her live accoustic cover of the ever-so-talented harpist, Joanna Newsom. In this take on “’81″, we’re immediately ready to head to the “Garden of Eden” with Marika, as she calmly reinterprets this folk classic.
Drunk In Love (The Weeknd Remix)
Just when we thought we were done with the remixes, this happens. In honor of his 24th year on this earth, The Weeknd decided to celebrate the only way he knows how: by dropping his own rendition of “Drunk In Love.” In true Abel fashion, the Canadian crooner replaces the intoxication of the original with his typical musings about drug use and debauchery. With a completely original beat and fresh lyrics, The Weeknd furthers the concept of the record through his own inspiration, bringing the song to a whole different level. Grab a free download of the single above, and make sure to send your birthday wishes Abel’s way.
Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover)
One thing we love about holidays is the influx of themed releases, covers and remixes that come out in perfect harmony with that day. Valentine’s Day has presented us with some soulful gems, including this gorgeous interpretation of the overwhelmingly classic tune “Crazy,” from country music legend Patsy Cline.
UK based indie vocalist Laurel has not only paid tribute to one of the most recognizable American classics out there, but she reinvented this 1961 gem with immaculate class and respect. The woeful sorrow is still very much present, as it is in the original, yet we’re brought into this century with a light spattering of synthesized drums, echoing piano keys, and classic movie samples.
We would be remiss to not talk about the flawlessness of Laurel’s vocals. In a cinematic swelling of haunting sentiment, Laurel has us wondering if this song had personal meaning to her, as her raw emotions are left in front of the listener, with unabashed honesty.
Live For/From Time mash-up (Drake, The Weeknd)
We already know what you’re thinking, so before you roll your eyes hear us out first. Yes, this is yet another Drake cover, and yes, it’s unlike anything you’ve heard before. Bringing us the cure for the average Drake cover is Noosa, who blends together a wonderful medley of Drizzy and Jhené Aiko‘s “From Time” with The Weeknd‘s “Live For.” What we have here is nothing short of beautiful, as the brilliant songstress weaves together a delightful masterpiece that finds a cool balance between the esoteric lows and ebullient highs of both songs. The talented Mickey Valen provides a sprawling landscape for Noosa to thrive in, with swelling synths and gorgeous piano riffs that compliment her delicately airy vocals perfectly. You can listen to the breathtaking track above, or catch a glimpse of the astounding live rendition below. Either way, you’re guaranteed be left speechless.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic & GXNXVS
Hold On We're Going Home (Drake Cover)
We’re going to be honest with you. We’ve heard more interpretations of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” than Peyton Manning has heard condolences. It’s been one of the most remixed and covered tunes in the past year, and it’s not hard to see why. While we’ve braved through a veritable onslaught of medicore takes on our neighbor to the north, this tune stands proudly amongst the mire.
17 year old Brisbane native Vancouver Sleep Clinic has gracefully adorned our humble blog walls before, giving us warm-n-fuzzies with his glorious vocals in “Collapse.” This time around, he’s partnered with an someone we’re unfamiliar with, GXNXVS.
The end result is a smoother than silk, icy cold, yet smoking hot cover of this widely popular Drake tune. It’s downright enchanting, begging to be listened to over and over again. Take a listen, and try not to hit repeat.
Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze)
When James Blake released his Chance The Rapper assisted remix to “Life Round Here,” late last year, we assumed that would be the ultimate version of the single that we’d hear. Then again, we never expected a team up quite like this. Covering a James Blake song is certainly no easy task, but this revamped crew consisting of Ellie Goulding, Angel Haze and Noah Breakfast, give the original a run for its money, rebuilding the track completely from the ground up. Crafting a dense, ambient instrumental for the ladies to play with, Noah opts for a sounds that’s arguably far more melancholic than Blake’s forerunner. Ellie’s vocals float through the track almost aimlessly, yet they still feel purposeful as they lead in to a fierce verse from Angel Haze. Stream the single above, and let us know which version is your true favorite.