Mixtape Mondays | Awesome Covers

Monday, November 23, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

This week's playlist is pretty self-explanatory. I've recently came across a series of covers on Spotify - a lot of it thanks to their amazing Discover Weekly - and every so often I caught myself saving them randomly. However, the super organised person in me eventually noticed there was enough material to compile a pretty awesome selection. Voilà!

Travis @ Islington Assembly Hall in 2013, Where You Stand Tour - Photo by Zaira

So far we're talking about 24 songs, but I plan to build up on this. I always found it so much fun when a favourite artist recorded something completely random. One of the first unexpected covers I can remember ever coming across, back in 2003, was Travis playing (Hit Me) ...Baby One More Time - which thanks to the joy of YouTube we can watch below. Priceless! I've also had a chance to see them performing I Kissed a Girl live in 2008 at the long gone Astoria Theatre, during the Ode to J Smith tour.

But back to this week's selection...

We open with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox version of Creep, by Radiohead. I absolutely adore this version, so bluesy, vocals & piano give me goosebumps. If you like it I recommend checking their other covers & getting tickets to their London gig in March @ Roundhouse, Camden. First night's already sold out.

Mixtape Mondays | Awesome covers

Then a couple by Lily Allen, The Kook's Naive recorded for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge (also a great source for pretty epic covers!) followed by Somewhere Only We Know. Carrying on with the Christmas theme, Ellie Goulding's version of Your Song.

Although she refuses to be on Spotify, this haven't stopped Imagine Dragons and Ryan Adams of recording a couple of Taylor Swift's songs: Blank Space (medley with Stand by Me) and Bad Blood, respectively. Another girly pop track you can find is Umbrella, this time in the unmistakable voice of James Dean Bradfield, from Manic Street Preachers.

From Spotify Sessions so far I've selected a couple of tracks: New York indie pop MisterWives' version of Riptide, originally by Australian musician Vance Joy (his debut album Dream Your Life Away is a must listen!) and, coincidentally duo Angus & Julia Stone, who are originally from Sydney, have recorded a very beautiful version of Sam Smith's Stay with Me.

As a bit of a fun fact for you and to finish this post full circle, Angus & Julia moved to London in 2006 when they've met Fran Healy, from Travis, who impressed with their material, apparently invited the siblings to his house where they recorded their second EP, Heart Full of Wine. In return, Julia is the voice you can hear in the backing vocals of Travis' album The Boy with No Name.


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19 September 2017 at 15:50 delete

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