Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: José González “Teardrop”

Il Dottore, el nostre cirugià musical ens duu aquesta setmana una preciosa versió. José González versionà els Massive Attack  en el seu segon àlbum In Our Nature. Teardrop fou publicada a  Europa, el 12 de novembre de 2007. La cançó original es troba en un dels grans discs dels Massive Attack, “Mezzanine”. El cantautor suec porta la cançó totalment el seu terreny dotant-la d’un aroma assossegat i una pulsió hipnòtica.

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Best Covers: The Hillbilly Moon Explosion “Call Me”

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion are Emanuela Hutter, vocals and rhythm guitar, Duncan James, lead guitar, Sylvain Petite, drums, and Oliver Baroni, bass and lead vocals. Formed as part of the Zurich rockabilly scene in 1998, they have wowed live audiences all over Europe. In recent years, their musical scope has been vastly extended from the originalrockabilly grooves to include elements of chanson, Americana, swing, and even mariachi.

“With Monsters and Gods” is released in the UK by Jungle Records. Says the band: “Why “With Monsters and Gods”? The song is about our demons and our love. Deep love. And the rest of the album is what can happen if you’re afraid of your demons and ignore them, which might lead you to “depression” and “desperation” and constantly being “down on your knees”.” The album contains the cover version Blondie’s “Call Me”.

Best Covers: Portishead “SOS”

Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was tragically killed last week, would have been 42 today. In honour of her tireless campaigning in support of refugees, iconic Bristol trip-hop band Portishead have released a video to go alongside their cover of Abba’s SOS.

It features singer Beth Gibbons, shot alone in monochrome, reaching out towards the camera before ending with Cox’s quote from her maiden speech in parliament: “We have far more in common than which divides us.” This is our cover of this week.

Best Covers: JC Flowers “China Girl”

Delightful indie-jangle-noise-pop from JC Flowers on ATP Recordings. Flowers feature members from Cop, Advert and Novella, this is the DIY supergroup that the lo-fi fraternity have been waiting for. Mastery of melody, junkshop acoustics, sweet reverb kissed pop music in the Stereolab, Pastels, Teenage Fanclub, Tenniscoats mould. Also features a right-on cover of Bowie’s ‘China Girl’.There’s little of their artful understatement that actually lingers in the memory (a breezy cover of Bowie’s China Girl aside), much less that cuts directly through to the heart.

Best Covers: Nilufer Yanya “Hey”

Il Dottore presents the cover of the week. Extraordinary Renditions is a forthcoming compilation of covers performed by DEEK Records-affiliated artists, and London-based jazz musician Nilufer Yanya has brilliantly re-imagined the Pixies exciting and slightly-disturbing Doolittle track “Hey”. In her hands it’s liquid, mesmerizing in concentric ripples, and she’s also shared a live version of it with saxophonist Jazzi taking center stage on the guitar break. The album will be released digitally on May 28th.

Best Covers: Soak ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’

Il Dottore brings a brand new cover this week. Northern Irish singer/songwriter SOAK makes a downright amazing stripped-down version of Bonnie Raitt’s heartbreaking classic ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me.’ The 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Derry SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson, released her debut album “Before we forget how to dream” last year.