VIDEO: M83 “Steve McQueen”
Here’s the video for M83’s “Steve McQueen” from the fantastic Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Here’s the video for M83’s “Steve McQueen” from the fantastic Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
As much as I love this cover I would love to hear what the originals would sound like together…
Anyway, here are Mr & Mrs Fox covering M83’s “Midnight City” and the 80s classic from Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me”. It is a great cover and a great mash up that works, no bones about it. It is a B-Side for their current single “Glass Houses”.
Well, this is certainly different. Emil & Friends take on the superb Midnight City by M83 is almost indistinguishable from the original, except for the lyrics. What Emil & Friends have done is made an all over the place smooth, funky pop piece and I’m loving it. Don’t think of this as a cover, think of this as an inspiration and then take it from there…
So here comes another bit in my look at what rocked my world musically in 2011 (Check out the best songs of 2011 right here)
Anyway, Regular followers of the blog know that I do a feature called disCOVER where I post up covers that I like. I have always loved a good cover. I love finding new and different interpretations of songs I know really well, especially if they come way out of left field. There’s been some doozies over the year and again in no particular order, here are 20 of my favourites (with some extra bonus tracks that weren’t from 2011, but were bloody brilliant)
The Weeknd disCOVER double shot
The Weeknd had a huge year and you know you’re making it when already established artists are clambering to cover you stuff. There were some awesome covers knocking about this year but here are two of my favourites, from Brit Eliza Doolittle with a fantastically laid back stripped bare cover of The Morning and French Canadian Couer De Pirate bringing all her sweetness to Wicked Games
Quadron: “Ex-Factor” (Lauryn Hill Cover)
You kind of have to watch this one. Lauryn Hill is usually pretty untouchable, but Quadron has come pretty darn close with this one. It is so simple, so bare but so so beautiful.
Birdy- “1901” (Phoenix Cover)
I can’t bring myself to like Birdy’s take on Skinny Love, I’ve tried and I can’t. But this Phoenix cover has turned things around for me. Again this cover strips away and goes for the heart of the track, and she nails it.
Enna: “Michicant” (Bon Iver Cover)
While I couldn’t get behind Birdy’s cover, I could get behind Germany’s Enna who has made a beautiful cover of Bon Iver’s Michicant. Incredibly raw and stripped back, the arrangement replaces some of the louder tones of the original with softer woodwind, acoustic guitars and my favourite, the glockenspiel.
Trails and Ways: “Midnight City” (M83 Cover)
M83’s Midnight City was a highlight of the year for me, as was Trails and Ways folksy world music take on it. Taking away all the electro synthy-ness of it, Trails and Ways gave us a beautiful organic version of this massive track.
Oh Land: “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (The National Cover)
Oh Land had quite a year this time around with her original material, but she grabbed my attention with her cover of The National’s Bloodbuzz Ohio. Transforming the sombre of the original into a more optimistic message gives Oh Land’s interpretation a beautiful angle- while keeping its haunting undertones.
James Vincent McMorrow: “Wicked Games” (Chris Isaak Cover)”
McMorrow did two covers this year that people were interested in, one was of Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair and one was of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games. Funnily enough, I’ve gone with McMorrow’s take on this 90s classic. JVMcM’s voice goes fantastically with this, how could it not?
Owl Eyes: “Pumped Up Kicks” (Foster The People)
As you may know, the love on ITYLTS for Foster The People’s knows no bounds, so a cover has to be pretty special to come close to the original. Owl eyes does it with this live cover on Aussie Triple J of Pumped Up Kicks. A lot of people when they first hear Pumped Up Kicks fail to pick up on the sinister message, a kid shooting up his school, behind the lyrics because it just sounds like the chillest, coolest, happiest summer track. Owl Eyes’ take on it brings that message a little more to the forefront…Oh and it has glockenspiel on it so you know its going to be good.
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt Cover)- Double Shot
Both Adele and Bon Iver had the best albums of the year and the both decided to cover Bonnie Raitt’s lament on an unrequited love I Can’t Make You Love Me. Both are beautiful as you’d expect, but I think out of the two, Bon Iver’s does it for me that little bit more. However, you know the Adele cover is ridiculously good too.
Tokyo Police Club: “All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem)
Sadly LCD Soundsytem are no more, but thank god for covers for keeping the music alive. All My Friends in the original is a driving force of pianos, drums and is just perfect. Tokyo Police Club have come along and rocked it up, and it works.
The Vaccines: “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry Cover)
The Vaccines have had a huge year so they came along and covered one of the biggest commercial tracks of the year, Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. However, instead of the fun loving track, the indie band have infused it with something that sounds like it could have come from Joy Division or Echo & The Bunnymen…and it sounds great. The Vaccines - Last friday night (Katy Perry Cover) by bandalismo
Run Toto Run: “Sleepyhead” (Passion Pit Cover)
Oh the Glockenspiel strikes again. Run Toto Run strip back Passion Pit’s electro pop gem and replaces the synths with a beautifully played violin, glockenspiels, accordian, guitars and the good old fashioned handclap.
Barbara: “Pursuit Of Happiness” (Kid Cudi Cover)
Take a hardcore trancey/dancey/hip hop track take that all away and what do you have? Barbara’s beautiful version of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness.
The Civil Wars: “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson Cover)
Who hasn’t tried to cover MJ, its like a rite of passage (especially on big tv music talent shows). The Civil Wars performed this flawless cover of Michael Jackon’s Billie Jean at their second show. Yeah, I said second. Honky Tonk, MJ’s gone country.
Mike Posner: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)
I love this cover. Some people didn’t, go figure. Posner’s cover of the ubiquitous Rolling In The Deep really plays up the melancholic loss that underlies this powerhouse track.
Winter Gloves: “True Blue” (Madonna Cover)
Paper Bag Records released a sampler of their artists covering Madonna and it was amazing. My favourite off the mix was Winter Gloves’ take on True Blue. While it may not have had a glockenspiel in it, it did have a saxophone solo and sometimes that’s even better.
Finally, here’s some that I discovered this year but have been around for a while…
Antony & The Johnsons: “Crazy In Love” (Beyonce Cover)
Beyonce’s Crazy In Love like you have NEVER heard it before. Hauntingly beautiful.
Mumford & Sons: “Not In Nottingham” (From Disney’s Robin Hood)
I couldn’t resist putting up the one with footage from the film. What a film, what a song.
Laura Marling ft. Mumford & Sons: “Jolene” (Dolly Parton Cover)
Mumford & Sons again, back when they were a live band supporting Laura Marling on this beautifully poignant cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.
Local Natives: “Cecilia” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)
I had to put the video of this because the guy is playing drums ON A TREE! Amazing.
I know, I know…I haven’t been around that much lately, lets blame the festive season and fuzzy heads. Hopefully I’m back now and in the next coming weeks I’ll be throwing in my best of 2011, what I’m looking forward to in 2012 and just good freaking music, as always.
Lets start this off right though with RAC’s 2011 remix. Every year Hype Machine put together their zeitgeist ish of the year (songs, albums, artists and what have you) and they also get some lovely people to mash up all these things together in a downloadable remix session. This year they’ve got Odd Future, The Go! Team, Jensen Sportag and RAC doing wondeful remixes. I’m staying loyal to one of my favourite remix artists out there RAC and throwing their amazing 2011 Music Blog Zeitgeist Mix up.
Starting off with Phantogram’s amazing Don’t Move it moves seamlessly through all the greats of the year with Theophilus London, M83, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Justice, Lykke Li, Sunday Girl, The Rapture and Foster The People to name a few. Happy 2011…Bring on 2012.
Jimmy Fallon has a great eye for music and its fantastic that artists have this spotlight and its even more amazing when M83 comes along and knocks it out of the park on this live performance of Midnight City. Oh its good.
Midnight City is from the new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
So I’m hooked on HBO’s How To Make It In America, its like Entourage but set in New York City and I actually like these guys, its a cool show so watch it. What is also super cool about it is its music selection. Music Supervisor Scott Vener (who also did Entourage and CW’s 90210) is so on point on his music selection its like he’s reading my mind. All the best up and coming blog favourites of the last year have been featured alongside old favourites too such as Theophilus London, Phantogram, The Rolling Stones, Quantic, Eric B & Rakim, Thievery Corporation, Joy Formidable, Waka Flocka Flame, Blue Oyster Cult and many many more.
Scott Vener (Broke Mogul) has put out a mixtape for the show with Mick Boogie and it is great featuring Future Islands, Theophilus London, Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, M83, Avicii, Summer Camp amongst many others. Stream it below and download it here.
Get involved with How To Make It In America on HBO.
Shout to Pigeons And Planes and Bootie Mashup for putting us on these super duper cool mash ups. Both Kanye and Childish Gambino have been mashed up before (here and here) and they’ll be mashed up again but these two slices are hot. Vico Ono mixes together Bonfire from CG’s Camp with the classic RCHP Under The Bridge and it goes together extremely well, chilling out Childish but not taking away nothing. Kanye comes correct with M83’s Midnight City as White Panda mashes it up with Ye’s ode to The Good Life and it also goes together extremely well, party track for sure.
You know how it go, if you like it and want to download, go ahead and click on the down arrow.
White Panda: Soundcloud
With some beautiful pan flutes, other woodwind arrangements and some lovely harmonies, Trails and Ways have turned M83’s electro pop dream into a folksy world music gem. (They also do a pretty mean cover of Miike Snow’s Animal) You download all this lovely stuff from their website.
Here is the latest track thats been thrown out there from M83’s anticapted new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Its the album opener, appropriately named Intro and boy does this make us excited for this album. We’ll let you know when its coming out as soon as we can.