If Rihanna‘s latest single “Diamonds” has been running rampant in your brain as of late and you need at least a variant (beyond the remix with Kanye West) then you’re in luck. Zola Jesus posted a version of “Diamonds” as a “small thank you to fans and followers” November 15th.
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.
Oberhofer‘s cover of Kanye West‘s douchebag anthem “Runaway” is not something new; Cover Me first saw the rough acoustic rendition almost a year ago along with a slew of other covers of the single. For Record Store Day, Oberhofer gave the cover a formal release and executed it in a spacy, rock context.
Last we checked in with Portland Cello Project, they were getting their hip-hop on with Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” They’ve now continued the trend, but mixed a little Jigga into the mix with their new cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s collab “H.A.M.” It adds flutes, brass, and crashing percussion to the classical-gone-crunk blend.
When it comes to mainstream music, classical instruments like the double bass and violin don’t often get much play. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make for one mean cover, as Philadelphia-based classical music group Time for Three has shown. This trio — comprised of Nick Kendall, Ranaan Meyer, and Zachary DePue — not only created a mind-blowing, string-filled rendition of Kanye West’s “Stronger” but, with their amazing talent, have found a way to make classical music more appealing and accessible to younger audiences. So, if you thought West’s version of “Stronger” was a good listen, just wait ’til you hear this.
There is a definite safety in covering top 40 pop songs these days, and it becomes pretty obvious when scanning through the endless Gaga, Britney and Rihanna covers. However, this doesn’t always mean that the cover artist has to play it safe. In the case of singer-songwriter Sarah Winters‘ Find Restless Cover EP, audiences are lucky enough to get some refreshing covers of Kanye West‘s endlessly covered hit “Runaway,” Rihanna‘s risque “S&M,” as well as covers of Usher and Frank Ocean.