Category Archives: Il Dottore

Best Covers: Theo Impala ‘Only You’

Lately, the cosmopolitan New York rapper Theophilus London and the Tame Impala main man Kevin Parker have been putting in a lot of work together. They’re calling their project Theo Impala, and  they dropped three new songs (one of which features Ariel Pink) on Beats 1 Radio. They unveil the video for “Only You,” their faithfully slick cover of a 1984 synth-disco track from the Nigerian musician Steve Monite.

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Best Covers: David Bowie ‘Volare’

Nel blu dipinto di blu” popularly known as “Volare“, is a song recorded by Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno. Written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno, it was released as a single on 1 February 1958. Davi Bowie cover version was made for the 1986 film, Absolute Beginners.

Best Covers: Boy Azooga “Do the Standing Still”

Welsh band Boy Azooga released 1, 2, Kung Fu!, their debut album, earlier this year via Heavenly. Led by Cardiff’s Davey Newington, the band incorporate a variety of influences into their idiosyncratic style, including ’90s alt riff rock, Mac DeMarco-type underwater romanticism and that indescribable Welsh magic (see Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon).

Meanwhile, they’re releasing a cover of “Do the Standing Still” which was a single byshort-lived Welsh punk band The Table.

Best Covers: BROCKHAMPTON “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

In September, BROCKHAMPTON released their new album Iridescence via Question Everything/RCA Records. Previously fans have heard the singles “Tonya” and “J’ouvert.” Today they stopped by Triple J, an Australian radio station, as a part of their “Like a Version” series. While there, they performed “San Marcos” and a cover of Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”.

Best Covers: José James ‘Lean On Me’

Singer, songwriter and lifelong fan José James honors the great Bill Withers with the September 28 release of Lean On Me (Blue Note), a loving tribute album that features 12 of the legendary singer and songwriter’s most undeniable and soulful songs in honor of his 80th birthday year.

James is often celebrated for his genre-blending— his prolific output over the past decade has crisscrossed jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop and indie rock—but this project is different.

Best Covers: Calpurnia “Say It Ain’t So”

The band led by Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard released their Spotify Singles session, which includes the original “Wasting Time,” Calpurnia’s latest single, and a cover Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

The version is so good even Rivers Cuomo & co. approved it. Weezer shared the song on Twitter, writing, “Digging @calpurniaband’s cover of Say It Ain’t So.”

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.