Friday, 14 February 2014
Listen: 5 Weird & Wonderful Covers Featuring Arctic Monkeys, Haim, Chvrches, London Grammar & MØ
It's usually a truly horrifying thing to see classic tunes pop back into the charts covered by X Factor's flavour of the month (yes, I am looking directly at you, Alexandra Burke, for your still unforgivable desecration of ''Hallelujah''). On the other hand, it can be a wonderful thing to hear a great song interpreted by one of your favourite bands, and these 5 recent musical adaptions were perhaps outlandish choices for their respective artists, but make for excellent listening times.
Chvrches- Do I Wanna Know? (Artcic Monkeys)
Chvrches take the infectious rip roaring opening of Arctic Monkeys magnificent AM and strip it back, delivering a synth pop beauty like only the Scottish trio can.
London Grammar- Pure Shores (All Saints)
Come on lads, let's drop the facade, we all know ''Pure Shores'' is an absolute classic. I don't know a single person who isn't madly in love with the original of this song, although I know many who wouldn't be willing to admit it. London Grammar have made it more acceptable to admit your All Saints tendencies here by inserting a cool electronic beat underneath the track.
MØ- Say You'll Be There (The Spice Girls)
Perhaps I'm embarrassing myself at this point, but I also have to admit I've long been harboring a soft spot for The Spice Girls too as well as the aforementioned All Saints. Their 1996 mega hit ''Say You'll Be There'' is given an electronic makeover here by Danish singer MO, who happens to be dropping her debut album this March 10. If this stunningly executed cover is anything to go by, it should be one to look out for next month.
Arctic Monkeys- Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake)
Witness this Live Lounge moment of wonder as Alex Turner provides stone cold evidence of his complete transformation from spotty teenager to sex God as the Monkeys deliver a delightfully funky cover of one of my favourite single from last year.
Haim- Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)
I've been a somewhat rare advocate of Miley Cyrus' new musical direction in recent times, but for those of who are most definitely anti-twerk, here's something you may prefer, as Haim inject a blast of soul and blues into Miley's biggest hit.