Who doesn’t like “Waterfalls”? Stooshe, an English group, comes through with this really solid cover of “Waterfalls” which is originally by TLC (just throwing that in there in case you live under a bridge). Check out Stooche’s version and then get your 90s groove on a listen to TLC’s version below that.
Okay, okay, so this song has been out for a while. But since Bat for Lashes’ newest album, The Haunted Man, is coming out on October 23rd, I thought that I could postpone this post until Cover Friday. As you all know, “We Found Love” is an annoyingly catchy song by Rihanna, but as you all might not know, Bat For Lashes’ cover is a slowed down, silky smooth version of the dance-infused original. So without further adieu, enjoy BFL’s chilled out version of “We Found Love” below.
As part of the new cover Friday’s, I’m so very excited to share this cover with you. The song’s quality is a little shoddy but it seems Robyn only performs this live. Despite that, it’s still fantastically hilarious. And it’s Friday so who doesn’t want to be jacked off, especially in the corner of some shitty dive bar. Best of luck to you, my friends. Happy Friday, get jacked off!
Part two of this week’s Cover Friday’s is also about Frank Ocean’s classic “Thinking About You”, but this time the cover is by Yuna, a young Malaysian singer who reimagined this song by only using vocals to create absolutely everything. She sings the backing vocals, the instrumental parts and, obviously, Frank Ocean’s main part. Her voice is flawless, and brings this song into a new light by making it much higher and much… squeakier? But in a good way. Check out Yuna’s cover of “Thinking About You” below, and compare it to Frank Ocean’s original, which is located at the bottom of the post.
By now, we have all heard “Thinkin’ Bout You” a million times, and yet, we all still love it. Even though covering a Frank Ocean tune seems silly because no one has as beautiful of a voice, many have stepped up to the test. First, we have Nite Jewel & Nicholas Krgovich, who made this song much more low-fy, which works well for covers of this song because packing the same power that Ocean does is almost impossible. By bringing down the tone and splitting the vocals between two people, this cover is a pretty solid one. Both voices in this cover are beautiful, but I can’t help feel like they recorded this cover in one of their basements. Check out Nite Jewel & Nicholas Krgovich’s cover of “Thinking About You” below, with Frank Ocean’s classic below it.
Nite Jewel & Nicholas Krgovich – “Thinking About You”
This is a part two section of our first ever Cover Fridays. To find part one on Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd, please click here!
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Coeur de Pirate is someone that I do not know that much about, except that she is adorable, has a great voice and has a pretty awesome music taste. Coeur de Pirate covered The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” in late July, and released the following video on her Youtube account.
Coeur’s version of this song is basically just her and a piano, so this version is much more low-key. Her voice is much less confident in busting out the notes like The Weeknd does, but her much softer version is beautiful. “Wicked Games” is one of my favorite Weeknd songs, so anyone covering it, even if it was Kanye, would probably still be a lesser version in my mind. However, Coeur’s cover of it is still pretty damn good. Just don’t expect to get it on while it is playing. Coeur’s is much better for driving around while it is raining, or taking a pensive walk down a beach.
Check out both versions of the song below, and decide for yourself which version you prefer!
We decided to do something a little different every Friday.
Since this blog has been around for quite some time, we decided that it was high time for us to settle down and have a set feature or two. The first (and only…for now) feature that we are going to have will appear each Friday, and will be able to be spotted by their “Cover Fridays” title. Obviously, each article posted under this name will be a cover of a popular (or just one of our favorite) song, but unlike our other posts, this feature will not necessarily feature exclusively new music, but rather, will have a mix of some awesome covers that we have loved for a long time and songs that we have just discovered.
To debut our newest section, we are starting with a double feature! Ellie Goulding with her cover of “High For This” and Coeur de Pirate with her cover of “Wicked Games” (which you can read here) are both going to be featured this week, which is perfect since both were originally recorded by The Weeknd. So without further adieu…
Ellie Goulding, of “Lights” fame, made a cover of The Weeknd’s “High For This” back in the end of May, but I was only turned onto it recently because of summer 2012′s obsession with doing a million dub-step covers of “Lights” that I am forced to listen to on the radio. The actual, original “Lights” is pretty great, but with all the wub wub, I just want to take two Advil and a nap after listening.
Luckily, Goulding’s version of “High for This” is elegantly electric when it needs to be, and quietly sensual in other places. While the original is much more stripped, Goulding’s comes from an electronic European place, without, y’know, bringing too much of that in order to honor the original piece.
Although The Weeknd’s voice is much more powerful and chilling, and also creates more of a demand (“you GOTTA be high for this”), while Goulding’s softer touch lends well to the song but creates a completely different feel that the original does not even explore (“this is something you might be high for…now dance!”).
So, first of all, who is Shanell? Well, apparently, she is signed to Young Money (which makes me suspect her talent already), and is classified as just a straight up pop artist. But, Shanell takes her hand at the Amy Winehouse song, “Love is a Losing Game” in this cover, and I really liked it. It is kind of amazing how similar the songs sound to each other, which could be good or bad, depending on how you like your covers. The only difference is that Amy sort of sounds like she has a little bit of a slur on the song, and Shanell really cleaned it up. There is definitely more production intervention in Shanell’s take of the song, but I really like it. This song is off of her album, Nobody’s Bitch. Check out the song below:
The quiet, solemn and beautiful rendition of “Oh Father” by Perfume Genius is really, well, genius. When Madonna released the song in 1989 on Like a Prayer (hmmm, could that album have had any religious undertones? I wonder…), the song was definetly not a crazy huge hit in Madonna terms, and judging by her larger than life personality, it would be easy to understand that her quiet and sad little song, “Oh Father”, would not be a smash hit like, well, anything else you have heard by her.
I do not think anyone has been demanding a rendition of “Oh Father”, but Perfume Genius does a really great job at covering the song. And the talking at the end is really cute too.
You can listen to Perfume Genius’ rendition of the song below on Soundcloud.