Mar 042011

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Every week it seems four out of five Bandcamp covers are acoustic bedroom recordings. Well, not this week. The blogosphere has been hit with a heavy dose of dubstep recently – James Blake, Radiohead, even Britney Spears – and so, apparently, has Bandcamp. Three out of the five covers today feature dubstep influences, making it an unusual set indeed.

Remember that time Peter, Paul, and Mary drank a bunch of cough syrup and then covered Kool & the Gang at 4am? Us neither, but this is close enough.

Velvet Acid Christ is an industrial band whose name says it all. Tactile Disorder replaces the agro menace with schizo synths and dark piano chords. It sounds like the soundtrack to the vampire dance club in Blade.

Stripped of the quirky riffs, the political message in this 2007 Bloc Party single comes through loud and clear. Not a reaction to terrorism so much as a reaction to the reaction to terrorism. Meta.

“This is my take on pop music. This is also the feeling I’m having while singing in Karaoke bars,” the artist writes on Bandcamp. We’re not sure what karaoke bars he or she is going to, but apparently they feature Windows 98 computers trying to pronounce text. The tacky programmed substitute for the famous drum break makes us grin every time. It comes off a cover EP with similar approaches to America, Britney Spears, and Primus.

What starts as an innocuous instrumental club beat slows and tweaks out like an electrical storm.

Check out previous installments here.

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