Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: Boy Azooga “Do the Standing Still”

Welsh band Boy Azooga released 1, 2, Kung Fu!, their debut album, earlier this year via Heavenly. Led by Cardiff’s Davey Newington, the band incorporate a variety of influences into their idiosyncratic style, including ’90s alt riff rock, Mac DeMarco-type underwater romanticism and that indescribable Welsh magic (see Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon).

Meanwhile, they’re releasing a cover of “Do the Standing Still” which was a single byshort-lived Welsh punk band The Table.

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Best Covers: BROCKHAMPTON “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

In September, BROCKHAMPTON released their new album Iridescence via Question Everything/RCA Records. Previously fans have heard the singles “Tonya” and “J’ouvert.” Today they stopped by Triple J, an Australian radio station, as a part of their “Like a Version” series. While there, they performed “San Marcos” and a cover of Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”.

Best Covers: José James ‘Lean On Me’

Singer, songwriter and lifelong fan José James honors the great Bill Withers with the September 28 release of Lean On Me (Blue Note), a loving tribute album that features 12 of the legendary singer and songwriter’s most undeniable and soulful songs in honor of his 80th birthday year.

James is often celebrated for his genre-blending— his prolific output over the past decade has crisscrossed jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop and indie rock—but this project is different.

Best Covers: Calpurnia “Say It Ain’t So”

The band led by Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard released their Spotify Singles session, which includes the original “Wasting Time,” Calpurnia’s latest single, and a cover Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

The version is so good even Rivers Cuomo & co. approved it. Weezer shared the song on Twitter, writing, “Digging @calpurniaband’s cover of Say It Ain’t So.”

Best Covers: Florence+The Machine “Cornflake Girl”

Florence and the Machine are the latest act to record a session as part for Spotify’s Singles series. Recorded at RAK studios in London, their two-song set featured a Tori Amos cover and a selection off the UK outfit’s most recent album, High as Hope.

Lead singer Florence Welch’s vocal style has often been compared to that of Amos, so the band’s choice in cover has been a long time coming. Welch & co. specifically took on “Cornflake Girl”, which originally appeared on Amos’ 1994 full-length, Under the Pink. As for the High as Hope cut, the band launched into a live rendition of early single “Hunger”.

Best Covers: Jade Bird “Walk Like an Egyptian”

British singer-songwriter Jade Bird puts her spin on The Bangles’ 1986 hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” for a new Spotify Singles session, along with her own tune “Uh Huh.”

In its original incarnation, “Walk Like an Egyptian” was already a speedy number, with a drum beat that leaves the other instruments hustling to keep up. Bird somehow makes it even faster, modulating it up to a different key and setting the tempo somewhere near punk, while the drums pound out a Bo Diddley-style rhythm. Rather than a note-for-note replication, it’s a streamlined version, full of spiky electric guitar work and Bird’s dynamic singing.

Best Covers: Ty Segall ‘I’m a man’

It’s a covers LP deliciously titled Fudge Sandwich, and it’s due to hit shelves on October 26th through In the Red. On Fudge Sandwich, the garage rocker sinks his teeth into 11 “songs he loves. As a first taste of this album, Segall has served up his rendition of “I’m a Man”, the 1967 hit from Steve Winwood’s The Spencer Davis Group (a 1970 version by Chicago also was a success on the charts). Here, Segall infuses the blues rock original with a heavy dose of fuzzy feedback.