Sudan Archives hails from Cincinnati and at just 22-years-old is already garnering the attention of a full-blown virtuoso; one part vocalist, another part visceral, loop-heavy violinist. And it’s all on display in a performance video that finds the new signee deconstructing Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” and rebuilding it part-by-part as the newly-transformed “Queen Kunta,” which doubles as an unlikely anthem even with strings jabbing where spongy bass lines once laid.
Warpaint‘s 2014 cover of “Ashes to Ashes” delicately layers harmonic California pop over the Bowie classic, while still emphasizing the dreary mood that surfaced when it first appeared on 1980’s Scary Monsters.
Weezer have released a cover of “Rosanna,” originally recorded by California band Toto and released as the second single from their 1982 album Toto IV. It’s a pretty straight-ahead cover.
Amber Mark dropped new EP ‘Conexão’ today and has released the video for EP track ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride’ alongside it. Shot in one take on location in New York, the video shows Amber roaming the streets of her hometown at nightfall, with post-production adding some lush kaleidoscopic effects.
Mark wrote Sade a letter asking for permission to include a cover of “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” on Conexão – not only did Sade say yes, she’s now a major fan.
Third World‘s first international hit, “Now That We Found Love,” was written by the pop songwriting team Gamble/Huff and was originally performed by the O’Jays. The song was initially recorded for Third World’s third album, Journey to Addis, and that in itself would raise some eyebrows. But it’s the single version that really captured attention with a funky disco monster with a beat that won’t quit and a sense of exhilaration that never lets up.
On Tuesday the 3rd of April, King Krule was invited to play a few songs, live on BBC Radio 1. Those included ‘Biscuit Town’ and ‘Logos’ from his latest album The Ooz, and an outstanding take on Connan Mockasin’s ‘Forever Dolphin Love’.
Billie Eilish showed off her distinct voice by covering an acoustic version of The Strokes’ song “Call Me Back” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon also had the artist on his show on March 23 where she performed one of her most popular earlier songs, “bellyache.”