Earlier this month, we posted Destroyer covering New Order on a new MOJO magazine tribute album. It included 30-second snippets from a dozen other New Order covers. Now you can hear some of those other covers in full, from the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, the Golden Filter, Errors, S.C.U.M., and Zombie Zombie.
New Order’s 1983 seminal album Power, Corruption & Lies has been re-imagined by thirteen separate artists, as featured in the newest issue of Mojo. Included in the list is Destroyer, covering “Leave Me Alone.” The track is available now, along with snippets from others by the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, the Golden Filter, and Errors.
Two free new cover EPs to direct you to today. The first comes from Roberts & Lord, a duo that met by trolling Myspace. Ex-Simian singer Simon Lord (the voice of that “We Are You Friends” song) stumbled across California producer Rafter Roberts while looking for a collaborator online and they decided to work together. The electronic experimenters soon found themselves a home on Asthmatic Kitty – aka Sufjan Stevens’ record label – and released full-lengthy debut Eponymous and this free COVERS EP. Download two tracks below (including a must-hear “Because”), then grab the full thing here.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Something of a dreamy electronic feel in today’s bunch. Hazy beats and watery synth burble along under most of these tracks in the service of what is, in several cases, really a folk aesthetic underneath. As the temperatures rise, these sounds soundtrack those moments sitting under the sun in a half-awake daze when it’s too hot to move. Well, except for the Tom Waits cover, which is a different approach from a familiar name.
For those of you who lived through and actually remember the ’80s, you will recall New Order as the ultimate soundtrack to the most messed up nights of your life. You know, a drink or four, spinning around on a dancefloor, and then passing out in the parking lot, all to the tune of “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Those were, apparently, the days.
Duncan Sheik had one of the 1990s’ more enduring songs in “Barely Breathing,” which hung around the Billboard Top 100 charts for a full year. As they say in (what used to be) the radio business, it tested well. Six additional albums have followed, but Sheik has spent much of the past five years composing scores for Broadway productions and winning both Tony and Grammy awards in the process. Long before he was halfway to an EGOT, though, Sheik spent his teenage years in the 1980s. On Covers 80s he reflects the influence that a wide range of synthpop bands and tracks had on his formative years.
This is no John Hughes soundtrack compilation and if you’re looking for a “Walking On Sunshine” feel-good nostalgia trip, you’ll likely be disappointed. While a few big hits are represented, Sheik offers a deeper and somewhat darker journey back into his past. Although he grew up in New Jersey, Sheik does not include any American bands on Covers 80’s. He says that the litmus test for inclusion was “did I really, really care about it when I was 15 or 16?” Apparently what Sheik really, really cared about back then was the electronic, indie and New Romantic pop of the second British Invasion and Covers 80s benefits greatly from Sheik’s choice of source material.