Bristol and Berlin based singer-songwriter Anika has only made a few blips on the blogosphere radar, but that won’t be true for long. The singer was tapped by Portishead member and producer Geoff Barrow for his side project, Beak>, and she is releasing a self-titled EP mid-April, which features this gem of a Chromatics cover.
Last week, Pitchfork posted their People’s List poll results and, not surprisingly, Radiohead’s OK Computer took the top slot (Kid A came in second). Though the poll has generated some controversy-in-the-form-of-thinkpieces since then, few take issue with the winner.
Following our similar collections of Kid A and In Rainbows covers, we celebrate the victor with covers of every song on the classic album. As the Pitchfork poll yet again attests, no one does Radiohead like Radiohead and the best way to cover is to not compete. From big brass bands to bluegrass jams, these twelve artists find ways to do it different.
OK Computer turned 15 last month and to celebrate, German magazine Musik Express put together a tribute of the Radiohead classic. The tracklist mixes local and international, including Austra doing “Paranoid Android” and School of Seven Bells tackling “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” both of which have found their way to SoundCloud. Listen below.
Yang Yang is not a very nice man. The title character to a 1972 Yoko Ono song “sends his men pebbles and stones” and “rips his women down to the bones.” What does this mean? Nothing good. As with much of Ono’s work, it is vagueness in the service of “art.” Still, even if you can’t define the lines, you can’t question the sinister chill.
Anika nails this threatening ambiance on her pulsing cover. The Berlin-and-London-based singer builds an electronic throb to warble over. It could be the soundtrack to an artsy slasher film—the part where the killer slowly approaches the girl in a dead-end hallway. No need to hurry. What’s coming is coming and there’s nothing she can do about it.