Jack Garratt is one of the newest British R&B singers on the scene, releasing his debut album, Phase, earlier this year. The inevitable comparisons he gets to James Blake make sense, but in a new live cover for Australian radio station Triple J, Garratt shows some serious fire that contrasts with Blake’s icier style.
Welcome to Cover Me Q&A, where we take your questions about cover songs and answer them to the best of our ability.
Here at Cover Me Q&A, we’ll be taking questions about cover songs and giving as many different answers as we can. This will give us a chance to hold forth on covers we might not otherwise get to talk about, to give Cover Me readers a chance to learn more about individual staffers’ tastes and writing styles, and to provide an opportunity for some back-and-forth, as we’ll be taking requests (learn how to do so at feature’s end).
Today’s question, from Cover Me editor-in-chief Ray Padgett: What’s your favorite cover song of 2015 so far?
Now in its fifth series, A.V. Undercover from the A.V. Club has churned out some memorable performances over the years. Although the break was a little longer than usual this time, this next batch of songs should add plenty more to a growing list of interesting combinations. There’s some low-hanging fruit out there, with oft-covered greats like TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” and Mountain Goats’ “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton”, but there are going to be some tricky ones too, like Arrested Development’s seminal “Tennessee,” and the Go-Go’s dated “We Got the Beat”.
Despite being 11 years old, Beyonce‘s anthem “Crazy in Love,” still remains an infectious summer staple. Canadian multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Oleena, better known by her stage name Sea Oleena, takes the ear worm of a summer hit and turns it into something much more delicate and introspective.
Beyonce has been a non-stop machine ever since the release of her surprise visual album back in December. At the Grammys, she performed “Drunk in Love” with husband Jay-Z and pretty much everyone lost it. Angel Haze, who we have seen show off her vocal range with covers of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” steps up her MC game with this cover of the infectious hit.
After Beyonce unveiled a nearly perfect visual album a few weeks ago out of thin air, it is surprising that not many artists have attempted to cover some of the new bumpin’ tracks. Maybe artists are afraid to touch something so immaculate. Or maybe they just have to build their way up, starting first with some oldschool Beyonce and then working up to songs like “Blow” and “Partition.” For Brighton duo IYES, this seems to be the case with their take on “Crazy In Love.”