Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Cover: Tangerine Dream “Stranger Things soundtrack”

While composing the excellent soundtrack to Netflix’s original sci-fi series Stranger ThingsSurvive’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein often turned to the German electronic group Tangerine Dream as a source of inspiration. The duo has now received the highest compliment they could have asked for, as Tangerine Dream have shared two covers from the Stranger Things soundtrack.

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Best Covers: Crocodiles “‘Groove Is In The Heart/California Girls”

“We’re going to dance and have some fun,” starts Dee-Lite’s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’, which has been filling dance floors from the day is was released way back in the summer of 1990.

Well, not exactly bringing it up to date but more shifting it to a slightly more black denim- and leather-clad side of the nineties are San Diego noise pop pioneers Crocodiles. The flip of their ‘Sleep Forever’ single, this dirge-filtered cover of the 90′s dance classic perhaps won’t make you want to “dance and have some fun” but it will have the frequenters of indie discos swaying mournfully and partaking in some fairly liberal chin stroking.

As it effortlessly switches into a the unforgettable Beach Boys chorus of “I wish they all could be California Girls” Crocodiles have managed to suck the summer out of two of the most sun-kissed songs going. Quite frankly, it’s brilliant.

Best Covers: Stornoway “The Only Way Is Up”

Stornoway are a British alternative indie folk band from the Cowley area of Oxford. It consists of singer, lyricist, and guitarist Brian Briggs; keyboard player Jon Ouin, bassist Oli Steadman and his brother Rob Steadman on drums. Their sound incorporates an ever-changing selection of stringed instruments and keyboards, supported by a typical pop backline of guitar, drums, and bass guitar. They cover the Yazz late-80’s dancefloor anthem “The Only Way Is Up”.  The song originally started life in 1980 as a single by soul singer Otis Clay, with a funky,disco-influenced sound. The Yazz version, a poppy take on the acid house sound that was emerging at the time, was a *huge* omnipresent hit in 1988, the second best selling song of the whole year in the UK and massive across the rest of Europe. And then, 27 years later, new life is breathed into it by a folk-and-ornithology-influenced band from Oxford. And the song breathes.

Best Covers: Iseo “Wicked Game”

Iseo, una de les muses de La Musa i nova musa del r&b-soul-pop estatal compta amb una notable versió de la meravellosa “Wicked Game” de Chris Isaak. Aquesta és una cançó que la ha acompanyat des dels seus inicis i que no ha parat d’evolucionar d’aleshores ençà segons la cantant navarresa. i és per això que l’ha inclòs en el seu disc de debut “Last Night”.

Best Covers: Aldous RH ‘My Cherie Amour’

The musician has played with everyone from Charlotte Gainsbourg to Hudson Mohawke, and even hosts his own show on digital radio station NTS. The songwriter’s own music has a cult following of its own. New cut ‘Sensuality’ was laid down in Los Angeles, and it’s a step forward from those early lo-fi affairs. The single’s B-side track, a lovely cover of the Stevie Wonder classic ‘My Cherie Amour’. It’s yet another smooth grooving slice of lovin’ soulfulness filtered through Aldous’ bedsit luxe aesthetic.

 

 

Best Covers: Your Friend “Radio Silence”

Your Friend a.k.a. Taryn Miller has spent 2016 supporting her debut album Gumption. Following its January release, she embarked on an extensive criss-cross of the US with friends and label-mates Porches and Alex G, taking in a 7-show stint at SXSW and wrapping up with two shows in New York – Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. Your Friend has also toured with San Fermin this year.

Recently, Your Friend premiered a new cover of James Blake’s “Radio Silence” in anticipation of her August tour, with several dates opening for Kurt Vile. Out Of Town Films has also shared a new session recorded in Philadelphia earlier this year, which includes versions of “Come Back From It,” “Gumption,” and “UN.” The tour includes stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Denver, and more.

Best Covers: Kula Shaker “Hush”

Una de les cançons més emblemàtiques dels anys 90 la varen bastir els britànics Kula Shaker… però la cosa era que es tractava d’una versió. ‘Hush’,”, és en realitat un tema original de 1967, escrit per Joe South per al cantante Billy Joe Royal. Abans de Kula Shaker, els Deep Purple versionaren la cançó  pel seu debut, i fins altres deu artistes l’han regravat. Els britànics que han tret recentment nou àlbum varen actuar en el passat Vida Festival.