Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: Gang of Youths “Heroes”

People around the world are paying tributes to the Goblin Prince in all manner of forms, and Aussie lads Gang of Youths have done their part in honouring David Bowie by releasing a magical rendition of Heroes. The cover replaces Bowies 70s sound with a Gang of Youths signature Kansas-esque strings backing and a marching kick drum, as well as dreamy synth and guitar hooks.

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Best Covers: Chvrches ‘Call It Off’

Chvrches are no strangers to covers. Their latest comes in the form of Tegan & Sara’s ‘Call It Off’ turning into a synth-laden dreamscape with Lauren Mayberry’s delicate vocals bleeding the emotional side of the lyrics-

The synths from Martin Doherty and Iain Cook create the perfect luscious canvas for Mayberry to work her magic to give ‘Call It Off’ a whole new dimension from the lo-fi guitar driven original. It’s the first taste of new material from the Scottish band.

Best Covers: The xx “My Love”

All this time, lurking inside Justin Timberlake’s Timbaland-produced 2006 hit “My Love,” there was an xx song. Jamie xx, Romy Madley Croft, and Oliver Sim drew it out during their latest appearance for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge; in place of the original’s T.I. verse, Sim substituted a few lines from another FutureSex/LoveSounds single, “LoveStoned.”

Best Covers: Sky Ferreira “Easy”

When the tracklist for the Baby Driver soundtrack was revealed, one thing that caught everyone attention was the inclusion of new music from Sky Ferreira. The singer/model/actress has a part in the movie as Baby’s mom, but it’s almost more exciting the hear her fresh material. Now, her contribution to the OST has been revealed, and it turns out it’s a cover of The Commodores‘ classic “Easy”.

Though the track may not be original, it is the first solo song we’ve gotten from Ferreira in quite some time. Her take on “Easy” is, perhaps unsurprisingly, smoky and sultry. It burns slow like candle, romantic even as it gives the feeling of discontentment.

Best Covers: Portugal. The Man “Don’t Look Back in Anger”

Following the horrific attacks in London the Oasis stadium shaker “Don’t Look Back in Anger” returned to relevance as those affected by the tragedies used the song as a rallying call for unity and positivity. Both Noel and Liam Gallagher responded appropriately, with Noel donating royalties from the song to various organizations and Liam adding the tune to his solo repertoire.

Portugal. The Man also adopted the tune into their live rotation stateside, playing it at a number of recent gigs including a special collaboration with Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz at Bonnaroo. The band recently sat for an acoustic session and recorded the heartfelt cover in a stripped down setting.

Best Covers: Soft Cell “Tainted Love”

. American singer Gloria Jones was the first one to record “Tainted Love,” which was written and produced by Ed Cobb. It was released as the B-side to “My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home” in 1965, but it wasn’t until the early seventies that the song caught on when a U.K. DJ gave it some love because it fit with the Northern Soul thing happening there. Jones rerecorded “Tainted Love” in 1976 with her boyfriend, Marc Bolan (of T. Rex), producing.  She was also driving the car in the accident that killed Bolan on September 16, 1977. . English duo Soft Cell‘s 1981 synthpop version is the one that made this tune famous. It charted numerous times in the early 80s.

Best Covers: The Fugees “Killing Me Softly”

It’s one of those songs that earmarks a period in your life and immediately takes you back every time you hear it. “Killing Me Softly” is both elegant and raw, simple and magnificent, with its standard boom-bap hip-hop beat juxtaposed with intimate lyrics. A redux of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” which became a hit decades before, The Fugees’ 1996 cover version has emerged as a classic in its own right in the last 20 years.