Fans of indie wünderkind James Blake love him not just for his songwriting abilities, but also for his producing expertise. His abilities to manipulate blips and layered vocals make his songs exceptional. The Bamboos’ soul rendition of his “The Wilhelm Scream,” though, moves things far away from computers and production.
You might not be familiar with UK singer-songwriter Stella Le Page, but she sure is familiar with some of your favorite artists. Her musical resume includes skills on the piano, keyboard and cello, as well as her former position as synth player for Primary 1 and cello player for Plan B. She hasn’t released a CD yet now that she’s broken out on her own, but she was kind enough to deliver an extremely well done cover song EP titled Home Covers. The EP includes 8 full length songs, including covers of pop superstars Robyn and Lady Gaga, as well as indie-alternatives like James Blake and Little Dragon.
As you are surely aware, all week we are meticulously counting down the Best Cover Songs of 2011. While we do that list, though, other publications have been putting out their own best songs list. There is no firm consensus for #1, but we are seeing many of the same tracks pop up over and over again. So we tossed together a set of the best free covers of the best songs of the year.
Post-dubstep songsmith James Blake debuted his piano cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” on the BBC last winter and has been playing it live since. Now it finally gets an official release, on his new Enough Thunder EP. The disc drops next week, but you can listen to the official studio version of “A Case of You” now.
James Blake gained mass amounts of blogosphere attention before his first LP was even released. The first single off of this self-titled album, “The Wilhelm Scream” is full of isolated drums and beats, but simple lyrics balance out the electronics. New York duo Awning, however, strips any notion of dubstep and brings the song back to their own singer-songwriter roots.