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• Despite being all of 15 years old, U.K. singer Birdy is quickly becoming a reliable hitmaker on the back of her cover songs. “Skinny Love” hit the British charts first, followed by a cover of the xx’s “Shelter.” She hit Radio 1 this week to perform the latter and threw in a third cover: Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team.” As usual, Birdy uses her huge voice to craft a heartbreaking piano ballad.
MP3: Birdy – The A Team (Ed Sheeran cover)
• Chillwavers Washed Out are all over the blogs of late on the back of their highly-rated debut album Within and Without. Like-minded haze-poppers Living Daylights look further back though, all the way to 2009, on their performance of “Feel It All Around.”
MP3: Living Daylights – Feel It All Around (Washed Out cover)
• Last we heard from movie-song cover series Pop Culture Collide, Well Hung Heart performed Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” (from Back to the Future). The site sticks with 1985 comedies with this poppy version of The Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot” (from National Lampoon’s European Vacation).
MP3: Kotomi – Some Like It Hot (The Power Station cover)
• Swedes stick together. That’s the lesson from Sameblod, who pay tribute to another Stockholm native Lykke Li on “Dance Dance Dance,” an upbeat cut that will make you want to do just that.
MP3: Sameblod – Dance Dance Dance (Lykke Li cover)
• Bones Howell bill themselves as “a lightning bolt splitting through the trends and hipster obsessions” of New York City. For a band that prides themselves on authenticity, then, it’s hard to get much more legit than this: on the flip side of this Bauhaus cover 7”, Bauhaus’ own Daniel Ash remixed one of their songs.
MP3: Bones Howell – Hair of the Dog (Bauhaus cover)
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