Category Archives: Best Covers

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.

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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.

 

Best Covers: Mac DeMarco ‘Honey Moon’

Indie rock hero Mac DeMarco has shared a cover from the catalog of legendary Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono, who founded popular Japanese rock band Happy End as well as the electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra. Mac offers up his take on Hosono’s “Honey Moon,” which originally appeared on Hosono’s 1975 album Tropical Dandy. Bonus, you get to hear Mac sing in Japanese. You can listen to Mac DeMarco’s cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon” in the video above.

Best Covers: whenyoung ‘Dreams’

Rising Irish trio whenyoung have covered The Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’. The band have just confirmed a batch of UK shows, including a lengthy support slot with Blossoms.

Deciding to cover one of their childhood heroes, Aoife Power slides in to pay homage to Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan. ‘Dreams’ gets a crisp, faithful rendering, retaining the gothic sheen of the original while adding a little bit more bite.

 

 

Best Covers: Sharon Van Etten “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

Sharon Van Etten reportedly hit the studio late last year to begin work on her follow-up to 2014’s impressive Are We There LP. In the meantime, she’s collaborated with artists like Lee Ranaldo, Maggie Rogers, Marissa Nadler, and Michael Cera (yup), in addition to contributing to the Twin Peaks reboot and reissuing her debut album. Now, she’s back with yet another new song to help pass the time, this time a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”.

Filmed as part of BBC’s classical music concert series, BBC Proms, Van Etten was backed on the cover by the Heritage Orchestra for a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The LCD cut is a fitting choice for the series, as this year’s theme is “New York: Sound of a City”.

Best Covers: Soccer Mommy “I’m On Fire”

At just 20 years old, Nashville native Sophie Allison is already well-known for the raw emotion she demonstrates as Soccer Mommy. Not only did she put together a poignant collection of songs for her Clean debut, but she consistently delivers a stirring live show. That’s especially true when she performs her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”, a frequent concert staple. Now, she’s transferred that heart-rending power to a studio version of the track.