There’s simply no arguing against it: “Something About Us” is a feel-good song – one that’s tinged with memories of summer nights, first loves and last minute road trips.With this tune, Daft Punk masterfully crafts a song for the ages. And boy does Spazzkid do it justice.
I first became aware of Mato due to his excellent reggae remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s hit cover of The New Holiday’s ‘Maybe So, Maybe No’. I delved a little deeper and found many more re-fixes and re-jiggles he had done. His speciality involves taking the acapella of many a hip-hop classic and giving it a new life with a fresh reggae/dub bedding.
I’m not sure there were more great cover songs this year than any other. But there were more good ones.
What I mean by that is, the average quality of the covers we come across in the time we’ve been around has risen, rather dramatically. Whether they’re iTunes homepage singles or some guy emailing us his Bandcamp, more cover songs in 2013 avoid the old pitfalls than ever before. They don’t sound like they were recorded in a cereal box, substitute ear-bleeding volume for actual creativity, or – the worst cover sin of all – try to carbon-copying the original. With the ease of production and distribution available now, artists seemed to record covers only when they felt they had something to add, and do a halfway decent job committing those ideas to 1s and 0s.
Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” – three films that celebrated ice cream and blood – has just been completed with the release of Wright’s latest, The World’s End. Wright, along with the stars of all three films (the first two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, have been on a promotional binge for the last installment in the trilogy. While at 95.8 CapitolFM in London, Pegg and Frost delivered a very special rendition of Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky.”
Ok, yeah, you’ve probably heard it a million times at this point, and a ton of covers along with it. Well, get ready, because we’ve got two more great versions to add to our previous five best.