Genre and style are interesting things. Sometimes, you hear a song and you know right off the bat what you’re getting yourself into; sometimes a single instrument or note or tone of voice will tell you precisely what to expect. Michael Kiwanuka’s cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is, thankfully, not one of those times.
Since its release a last fall, the Black Keys‘ “Lonely Boy” has become the duo’s biggest hit and gotten some covers attention from Australian musician Matt Corby. A new cover of the track debuted on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge this week, courtesy of British indie rockers The Maccabees. Live Lounge usually inspires high-quality covers, but the Brighton-based quintet offer an especially polished and creative take on “Lonely Boy.”
Despite initial detractors, Lana Del Rey’s album Born to Die debuted at #2 a few weeks ago. Moreover, judging by the number of covers churning out, her fellow musicians seem to be pretty unequivocally behind her. We’ve fallen behind with some recent LDR covers, so we’re gonna put ‘em together in a big roundup post.
British pop songstress Jessie J has had a breakout year with hit singles “Price Tag” and “Domino.” Arguably one of the few musicians who has had a better year is Rihanna, who climbed the charts this fall with her sixth album, Talk That Talk. During her visit to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge last week, Jessie J covered her controversy-courting contemporary’s smash “We Found Love.”
A pair of winning Talking Heads covers came through the pipeline in the past few days so, despite the fact that the bands and sound couldn’t be much less similar, we’re tossing ‘em both at you together. First up, the Ting Tings performed a raving, spastic version of “Once in a Lifetime” on the BBC Live Lounge. “One of the best songs ever written” they say at the start of the funky, too-brief cover. Stream it below.
Last time we covered Pixie Lott in the Live Lounge, she was turning Cee-Lo’s soulful breakup anthem “Fuck You” into an acoustic pop hit. Her recent trip back to BBC Radio 1 proves that she may have a bit of a knack for covering the soulful breakup songs of our generation. This time the British pop star took on Lloyd’s “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)” which also originally featured Lil Wayne and Andre 3000. What this version lacks in hip-hop interludes, it makes up for with fun instrumentals and bang on vocals from Lott.