I will admit, I was apprehensive when I saw this cover was tagged “electronic” on Soundcloud. The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” is a song that depends on soul and emotion, and I could just picture someone stripping it of all its tenderness with half-assed synths and an overbearing four-on-the-floor beat. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried. Though there may be a synthetic instrument or two in here, RYNO’s cover is all soul.
When Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister died, hard-rocking cover tributes poured in from the likes of Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, and Slash. The covers tended to be a lot like Lemmy himself: loud, brash, unapologetic. Now, Brooklyn quartet Heaven’s Jail have paid tribute with a very different sort of cover. Spacey and haunting, their version of “Capricorn” ditches the huge riffs and slows things down – way down.
A couple months ago, we posted The Land Below’s covers of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket” and Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight.” They were radical transformations of the source material, turning rock radio staples into downtempo electro-soul grooves. But they were nothing compared to Erik Lindestad’s latest cover, of Slipknot’s “Everything Ends.” It’s like Slipknot sung by Sade. Even if you’re not a Slipknot fan – maybe especially if you’re not – you need to hear this.
When last we heard from Alyson Greenfield, she was using her glockenspiel to record one of the best covers EPs of 2011. Now she’s finally back with a new cover, and while there’s no glockenspiel, there is a plethora of other unlikely instruments: omnichord, casiotone, and chord organ. She’s also left behind the hip-hop sources on that first EP, instead taking on the Cranberries deep cut “Dreaming My Dreams” (not to be confused with the ‘berries similarly-titled megahit “Dreams”). The swirling textures of her oddball keyboard arsenal bring an appropriately dreamy backing to the lilting melody.
Despite being revered by musicians of all stripes, Patti Smith songs don’t get covered as often as they should. So it’s a treat any time one comes across our desk – especially when it’s one as good as herMajesty’s new take on “Dancing Barefoot,” premiering below. Like Galaxie 500 meets The Doors, the cover’s dreamy swirl is punctuated by some serious throwback ’60s organ.