Wow back to back days with new music from Theophilus London…I’ll take it for sure. This time he comes out and gives us a real cool, modern cover of Tweet’s infamous song Oops and he did a great job. Just imagine Theophilus’ feel and flow infused into the original song and that is what you get. Electro Amazingness!!!
Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi covers MGMT’s “Time To Pretend” live on BBC Radio 1. Jónsi’s debut solo jump Go, out Apr. 7th, MGMT’s new Congratulations, out April 14th….already.
VCR – The Antlers
The Antlers stopped by WPGU to perform “Kettering” and “Bear” from their lauded Hospice LP, as well as a cover from another highly regarded 2009 LP. The Antlers covering the xx’s “VCR” sounds like the best thing in the world right now.
Birthday CEO is another one of jj’s odes to popular hip-hop/R&B. The mysterious, ghostly duo from Sweden seems to have a strange fascination for smash hits that sound nothing like the music they create. This time they take on Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex”. It’s not really a cover, because jj changes almost everything about the song except for the melody. I know what you’re thinking, “Birthday Sex on 4/20? No way.” But if you’re at all familiar with jj, you know that pretty much anything they touch, whether it be “Lollipop” or “Birthday Sex”, is completely appropriate for the day (I recommend saving it for a nightcap, as jj tends to have a serious sedative effect).
Marina and the Diamonds CRUSH this cover of 3OH!3’s “Starstrukk” on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Marina beautifully transforms the top 40 hit garbage into an epic, almost heartbreaking, pop song. Someone give her all the prizes for being able to turn a song that I found pretty much unbearable into one I now have playing on repeat.
Inspired by Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed European exile and controversial performance of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game, I WANT YOU is a collection of dark jams that restlessly examines the promise of love beyond lifestyle. Touching on LA electrofunk, UK indie, tropical escapade and obscure afropop you never knew existed, these are stories from the way we live now: missed connections and misunderstandings, video chats and retweets, returns and deliverables. We know today is all black everything but more to the point: this is now noir as we know it. And this is Theophilus London.
Is this the mixtape of the year????? I think so!! Go Theo!!! And go download this amazing gem of a freebie NOW!
Cee-Lo Green covers Band of Horses; that’s one phrase I never thought I’d say, but it’s true and it’s done. Ahead of his August 9, 2010 release, Cee-Lo Green – Lady Killer we get this little morsel of southern lovin. Paul Epworth handles the production/remix effort well enough for Cee-Lo to wail his signature raspy-whiskey-n-cigarette vocals. A sad song turned dance remix…I’m with it.
No One’s Gonna Love You – Cee-Lo
King Charles is apparently the newest of the UK rock/pop/dance/all around awesome musical imports. I haven’t found much on him other than he’s currently working on his debut album. “Love Lust,” his first single, has been out for a couple months now and is simply lovely. “Love will set your soul on fire,” is paired with some wicked guitar shredding and pretty piano. It hooks you from the first stanza.
“Never let a woman go,
even when you know
she can always be replaced,
she can always be replaced.
Oh lust only grows like anger and revenge,
your beauty comes and goes but love stays until the end!”
Here is King Charles doing his own updated rendition of the ultimate tune, “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” It’s pretty awesome.
We Didn’t Start the Fire – King Charles
Teardrops – The xx
Insect – The xx
One of the most interesting and best things I’ve heard all year. The xx have created one of the most understated, beautiful and totally moving albums I have heard in a long time.The xx voices are so smooth, makes you take a step back from the world for a second.
Here’s 2 tracks that I haven’t heard yet. One is a live version of their cover of Womack & Womack’s “Teardrops,” which also has a well known cover by Elton John and k.d. lang and the other was on some bonus CD.
This is so cool to me. Unexpected cover songs are the best – it’s like finding out that two of your favorite people know each other and get along.
Performing Arcade Fire‘s hit single at Terminal 5 in New York City, September 23, 2010. “Wake Up” was the fifth and final single released from the Arcade Fire’s debut album, Funeral. Directed by Spike Lee. Part of UNSTAGED, an original series from American Express.
Wake Up – John Legend & The Roots