Ages - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
It seems like ages since we last heard a cover this good (pun intended). But this classical guitar piece is truly an exotic, sensual guitar licking song.
Ages' version of Fog will teleport you back to the cobbled streets of a Tuscan village, or a sunny Spanish villa.
If you dig it, download it below.
Download - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
Vampire Weekend - Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke Cover)
Even if you have never heard of the original, you can definitely still enjoy Vampire Weekend’s awesome cover of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Ezra Koening’s voice goes under just about every transformation you can think of; from singing, crooning, moments of falsetto, rapping and back again.
Vampire Weekend recorded this during their time on BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge. The band’s tongue-in-cheek choice of song and the surprisingly good quality of the recording prove that Vampire Weekend continue to surprise and impress us at the ill chill pill. The band recently released their third full length LP, Modern Vampires of The City. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, but don’t expect too many funky jams like this one.
Parra For Cuva - Wicked Games (Chris Isaac Cover)
The song has been around longer than the the careers of Hanson and Justin Bieber. It is virtually a walking dinosaur among the social networking giants Twitter and Facebook. It has been covered by countless artists, including Scandinavian goth-rockers HIM and r&b dude Weeknd, yet it still seems to find relevance today since it’s original 1989 incarnation. This time, Wicked Games has a reworking by Geman DJ and singer combination Parra For Cuva.
The track contains shakers, bongos and a distorted guitar looping. Clocking in at 5:58, there are times when this track borders on repetition and the attention deficient listener may grown weary very quickly. Most people will be familiar with Chris Isaac's original lyrics and melody, so it is really up to the subtle changes employed by DJ Nicolas Demuth that hold Wicked Games together, especially considering that vocalist Anna Naklab is unfortunately absent for large sections of the tune.
On my fifth listen, I can safely say that the progressive nature of Wicked Games is a strength. Patience will reward your listening experience with this downtempo gem.
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The Story (KING cover)
Astronauts, etc. - The Story (KING Cover)
Who is King? I have no idea. However, I do know that Astronauts, etc. is the one-man-band project of Anthony Ferarro. According to Indie Music Filter, he is due to release something later this Winter.
But you can download most of his material for free from his Soundcloud page.
The Story is one of my favourite songs by Astronauts, etc. It has a warm texture which mash together nicely with Ferarrio’s falsetto. It is the kind of song that you should consider throwing on when you’re having a bath or going for a drive to soak up the ambiance and smooth keys.
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk's appeal. I've loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk's Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
Sun Kil Moon - Dramamine (Modest Mouse Cover)
Modest Mouse are one of those huge bands that most people seem to enjoy. I can’t claim to be a humongus fan but I do love the opening track Dramamine from their 1996 debut album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About. Apparently dramamine is a motion sickness drug, which ties in to the concept of the album title rather nicely.
Sun Kil Moon covers this song changing the melody and progression of the original, playing up the tension with rhythm guitars and cymbal clashes. Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon makes Dramamine his own with this rendition and the result is vastly different, but grand in its own right.
James Devane - Rhubarb (Aphex Twin Cover)
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I have no endorsements, no sponsors, no product placement on this website. I have never studied marketing or advertising. I have no interest in hype, in trending, in staying up to date with the most recent major label artist campaign push.
I have never sugarcoated or given my opinion of music lightly without careful contemplation and consideration on different elements and textures of the soundscape.
I don’t listen to radio, I don’t watch television and I have started falling out of the habit of attending social events for the sake of engaging in shallow conversations consisting of the same polite but generic questions and answers.
I don’t listen to music to be social or antisocial, nor do I do it to develop a false sense of superiority or alienation from those around me. I do listen to music to stimulate my brain, to engage areas of my psyche that are both primitive and highly developed. I write about music not for any personal gain, but in the hope that I can share some amazing creative works with other appreciative listeners. I don’t believe in altruism, or selflessness because I love sharing music with others and I vicariously feel a sense of joy in the process.
I often feel forced to talk a lot during the day, and far too often these spoken exchanges are dwarfed in terms of meaning, emotion, expression and understanding compared to the awesome communicative powers that music can have - which brings me to the end of my ramblings. At the end of the day, you can complain about the state of music today, or you can use your initiative and seek a world of undiscovered talent and a crowd of like-minded people to share your appreciation with, rather than your own disappointments.
17 (Youth Lagoon Cover)
Astronauts, etc. - 17 (Youth Lagoon Cover)
Astronauts, etc. has really made a lovely cover of Youth Lagoon's 17. This track is the kind of song you can listen to over and over again when you are tired out of your mind and it will soothe you like a full brain massage through your earlobes. The raw vocals and live sound make the impact of this song far more immediately emotional than more polished recordings.
Just like Tim Fitz, this DIY musician has shown a proficiency dubbing over the top of the tracks he has laid down to essentially play the entire song solo.
You can check out more of Astronauts, etc.’s work on his Soundcloud page which includes plenty more free downloads. Enjoy.
Download - 17
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