Mixtape Mondays | Awesome Covers vol.4

Monday, August 01, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

I can't believe it was March when I last published an Awesome Covers mixtape! So often I come across great versions of classics or simply interesting interpretations of the latest pop chewing gum sticky like track. I hope I've made it worth the wait 

Because I've been really struggling with time over the last few weeks - and until mid September I don't see it getting any easier - I will keep this short and sweet. This week's playlist stands out to me in many ways, but first and foremost I think it contains a fair few versions which I dare say sound better than their originals. I guess the best example I can throw out there is London Grammar's take on Nightcall, originally a track by French artist Kavinsky.   

Really wondering when London Grammar's second album may come out... It is been 3 years since If You Wait

I think credit needs to be given to any cover which allows you to pay attention to a lyric for the first time - and actually catch yourself thinking "this is surprisingly quite clever". Perhaps it is down to the the stripped back factor, but it was the case for me with Stitches, Hey Ya and - brace yourself! - Wrecking Ball. Fun fact for one's amusement, it took actually 6 people to write the latter! 

If you think I had exhausted the pop factor in the last paragraph, you know nothing Jon Snow. From Myley Cyrus to Rihanna & Beyoncé. This playlist brings you yet a Thirty Seconds To Mars version of Stay - I blame last week's Shortlist Jared Leto cover for it - and Halo by Norwegian musicians Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson

Some other great tracks worth a mention are AURORA's beautiful interpretation of Oasis' Half The World Away, Birdy's version of Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal, Velvet Underground's Sunday Morning in a collaboration between BØRNS and French artist Petite Meller and, last but not least, Radiohead's High and Dry in the lovely harmonies of US duo Colin & Caroline. Have I mentioned I've managed to include No Diggity here? We've Chet Faker to thank for it though. Hope you enjoy it!