No matter who you are, chances are while listening to R&B singer R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix),” you feel the same joy that comes with summer or a good night out bubble up inside. Or, at the very least, you bob your head in enjoyment. It’s just one of those songs — it feels good whenever, wherever, and however it’s played. That’s probably why Young the Giant’s cover of the 2002 R&B hit is so damn good…well, that and the fact that the alternative rock band is quite a talented quintet.
Riding high on the success of catchy single “Cough Syrup,” California indie act Young the Giant recently recorded an episode of MTV Unplugged. They shuffled a cover of Gorillaz‘s “Empire Ants” into their set, which airs tonight. Though they stay true to the structure of the track, the acoustic atmosphere gives it a newly introspective feel.
What do you get when two up-and-coming artists channel the soulful grit of our generation’s version of early ‘60s Soul/R&B music? To find out, look no further than Young the Giant and Mike Posner and their drastically differing takes on Adele’s latest single, “Rolling In the Deep.”