On Sturgill Simpson’s sophomore record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, he dutifully reimagined When in Rome’s 1988 hit “The Promise,” softening its synth-sharp edges with a balladeers perspective on bumbling romantic miscues. It was a bright spot in an album full of them, so it should come as no shock that Simpson’s recast of a seminal teen-angst anthem in Nirvana’s “In Bloom” achieve such rigorous and satisfying transformation.
After covering the Queen classic in concert for quite some time, Brendon Urie and his boys finally got the chance to record their version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as part of the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The song might not have quite the same affect as if you were to hear it in person, but the recorded rendition still brings on the chills.
A recent episode of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders saw the premiere of a rare new track by PJ Harvey — a somber cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Red Right Hand.” The alt-rock heroine’s moving cover was the latest addition to the program’s pretty impressive soundtrack, as songs by Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Cash, and even Cave himself have been featured on the historical drama since its premiere in 2012.
A cover by Placebo of the 1985 single “Life’s What You Make It” by Talk Talk. It’s the title track of Placebo’s 2016 EP. The cover version features the harmonising parts “everyone’s all right” and “everything’s all right” more prominently, but stays true to the lyrics of the original. They will be playing at Razzmatazz April the 27th
Taking to the keys across the nation, Sampha twisted and shifted Drake’s latest stormer ‘Controlla’, turning it into a distinctly Sampha creation that sounds like it’s been plucked right out of his own scrapbook.
Local Natives recognize Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo standout “Ultralight Beam” as one of the brightest beacons of light of last year. During a session with Spotify in July they covered the powerful gospel/rap hybrid, which they’ve released the recording along with a live version of “Fountain Of Youth” from Sunlit Youth.
The LA indie outfit strip the minimal skeleton of the original down even further by removing the booming drums, replace ‘Ye’s wobbling synths with shimmering guitar, and add bare harmonies.