Regrettably, Joss Stone isn’t an artist we have seen a lot of thus far on Cover Me. This changes with her recent cover of the Broken Bells hit “The High Road,” which she covered for her soon-to-be released album The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2. Stone did more than just cover the song, she released a scenic lyric video that chronicles life on the open road. While Stone herself doesn’t appear in the video, it remains extremely entrancing in its ability to ad an honest and soulful vibe to the song that Stone set out to create.
Alt rockers Faith No More took on the amazingly successful Watch The Throne single “Niggas in Paris” at one of their recent live shows. While it might be challenging to turn a Jay-Z and Kanye West hit into a rock tune, especially at a live show, the audience seems to really enjoy how much fun lead singer Mike Patton seems to have giving the song a darker edge.
UK Singer/Songwriter Ellie Goulding is no stranger to the cover song. We’ve brought you numerous of her covers before, and she is finally back with an all new cover of pop singer Active Child’s “Hanging On.” She is joined on the track by fellow UK rapper Tinie Tempah who ads an entirely new verse to the Active Child song. It might be Tempah’s refreshing verse or the electronic club feel Ellie added to the song, either way there is something about this cover that really, really works.
Last time we covered Pixie Lott in the Live Lounge, she was turning Cee-Lo’s soulful breakup anthem “Fuck You” into an acoustic pop hit. Her recent trip back to BBC Radio 1 proves that she may have a bit of a knack for covering the soulful breakup songs of our generation. This time the British pop star took on Lloyd’s “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)” which also originally featured Lil Wayne and Andre 3000. What this version lacks in hip-hop interludes, it makes up for with fun instrumentals and bang on vocals from Lott.
If you listen to Lykke Li’s music there is probably a couple things you might expect from it. It’s usually got a great tune that will probably make you want to dance, and the instrumentals are pretty unique in their choice and composition. So, listening to an acoustic cover of Lykke Li’s funky indie-alternative tune “I Follow Rivers” is a pretty rare treat. That’s exactly what Band of Skulls’ version is, a treat to Lykke Li and Skulls fans everywhere.
When you listen to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” it doesn’t exactly scream acoustic orchestra performance, so be prepared to be a little surprised by this one. Last week, experimental band Antony & the Johnsons took the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York, with Symphony Orchestra, and delivered a live performance of the hit, which they’ve covered in the past. Lead singer English singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty sang while a 60-piece orchestra played along with pianos, violins and even some saxophone. While this version doesn’t feature Jay-Z, or a rap interlude of any kind, it doesn’t seem to leave the live audience disappointed.