Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker & Andrew Wyatt/Queens Of The Stone Age, Haim/Tame Impala, Major Lazer/Frank Ocean, Father John Misty/Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco/Eric Clapton, Drenge/Taylor Swift, & Nothing/Nirvana
Covers are always interesting topic, which can span genres, highlight artists as fans, or simply showcase a different take on your favourite tracks. They can be wonderful things, breathing life into old classics, or abominations to beloved songs. Here on UNDER/COVER I present the good, the bad, faithful renditions, sacrilegious takes, and the simply indifferent.
First up on this bumper first edition we have Mark Ronson taking to the studio to record a cover of Queens Of The Stone Age's 'I Sat By The Ocean', a personal favourite from 2013's Like Clockwork. The main focus isn't on the Brit however, instead on his all star recruits: Kevin Parker & Kirin J. Callinan of Tame Impala on guitar, and Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt on vocal duty. They're not out to do anything too adventurous, simply presenting a solid version of a great song.
Speaking of Tame Impala, their recent jam ''Cause I'm A Man' gets an all female 'remix' from LA darlings Haim. Despite it being labelled a remix, it's essentially a polished cover that's only slightly slowed from the original tempo, but that's not necessarily a criticism.
The whole world seemed united briefly throughout July, in frenzied anticipation of Frank Ocean's second album, and whilst we're still waiting to this day, Major Lazer joined the hype and paid homage to Ocean's 'Lost' from his debut album Channel Orange. Teaming up with MØ once again who they previously struck gold with on international hit 'Lean On', they deliver a reggae inspired take that doesn't top the original for me, but offers a fun dynamic to the song.
Having only just released his new mini LP, the main man Mac DeMarco is showing no end to his productivity by covering 'Change The World' by Eric Clapton, and he does a great job of it. I like it infinitely more than the original simply because it's not performed by a huge racist like Clapton, but maybe that's just me...
Sheffield brothers Drenge have been noted for their alt rock and grunge output over the last few years, so I wasn't quite expecting them to turn their hand to Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood', and as such, I'm still not certain about the end results. I mean, it's stuck in my head now whether I like it or not, I'm just disappointed that they didn't attempt Kendrick Lamar's verse as well.
Finally I present to you Nothing's version of Nirvana's 'Something In The Way'. The Philadelphia Shoegazers somehow take the sinister sounding original and slow it down even further, layering in a delicate piano line and which results in a haunting rendition of one of Cobain's understated moments.