Samples in hip hop are a main ingredient of many successful hits. “No Church In The Wild” is no exception. That beautiful looped guitar riff comes from the talented master, Phil Manzanera, of Roxy Music. Phil’s solo work, “K-Scope” from 1978, was sampled by Kanye West and Jay-Z in their 2011 song.
There is something about the minimalist funk of Frank Ocean‘s “Lost” that induces a dreamy feeling of sultry, summer nights. Live Footage, a duo of experimental dance musicians, captured this vibe perfectly with their live rendition of the channel ORANGE hit.
Covering Frank Ocean is a bold move, as his songs are often as complex as his crooning vocals. New York Indie Rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah took on Ocean’s often covered “Lost” while in Philadelphia and the result is interesting.
Taking on a sprawling R&B song such as Frank Ocean‘s “Pyramids” is no easy feat, but My Body found a way to do it. The Portland duo, compromised of Jordan Bagnall and Darren Bridenbeck, have been developing their mix of ethereal synth-pop and bluesy guitars since 2012 and it really shines in this cover.
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Greg Dulli is back on top of his game. He’s sobered up, lost a lot of weight, and, after years of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, his primary band the Afghan Whigs toured the better part of last year after a baker’s dozen years of absence. Dulli has never sat still for long, alternately fronting The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins, and going out solo from time to time. Through it all, he has focused his obsession with other people’s tunes, particularly black music across several genres, into a funnel cloud of cock rock fury, soulful loneliness, and unrequited lust.
It’s hard to debate that Frank Ocean was the breakout artist of 2012, and, though there haven’t been a shortage of them, there haven’t been quite as many covers as one might expect of the stellar “Thinkin Bout You.” Luckily, AV Undercover has provided with a beautiful new one by ZZ Ward. Ward and her band bring a coffeeshop feel that fits the song perfectly, despite the downbeat, synthy electronica of the original, and her vocals are a fantastic match for Ocean’s undeniably unique cadences. Enjoy.