Every summer has its songs, and there’s no denying that Icona Pop’s “I Love It” is among the biggest of 2013. There’s a degree of youthful, reckless, incomprehensibility to the song, a sheen of glittery grit that makes it perfect for the humid restlessness of summer. Leavves takes all of this and covers it in kaleidoscopic dreampop and heavy drums, distilling and morphing the song into a different breed of summer jam, something that feels less like racing through city streets and more like late (but no less manic) nights under boardwalk neon.
Though the band tweeted that their reasons for covering the song escaped them, it’s lucky for all of us that they did. It’s a perfect take on a summer hit, the kind of musical fountain of youth that can keep the song (and the summer) from getting old for just a little bit longer. Enjoy.