Christian Scott – No Church In The Wild – jazz #coverversion Friday

Today’s cover version is a jazz inspired mind trip. Picture Miles Davis, Frank Ocean and The Roots all having a jam session, and you’ll get to where this track is at.

Christian Scott – No Church In The Wild

Trumpeter Christian Scott delivers a trumpet driven, jazz version of No Church In The Wild that would make Charles Mingus smile, and is perfect for this week’s #coverversion Friday selection.

Considering the inherent similarities between the origin and spirit Hip Hop and Jazz Music, I really shouldn’t be as surpised as I am. But damn son, I didn’t see this coming…

I didn’t want to pick something that people could already envision a jazz version of; I picked a song that had such a different vibe. I want people to be like, “Damn, I didn’t even know you could do a jazz version of that!” – Christian Scott

Christian Scott
Photo credit: Kiel Scott via NPR

As ‘No Church In The Wild’ is one of my Top Ten Track of 2012, I had high expectations of this cover, and Christian Scott delivers. The only way this gets any more awesome is if The Throne decide to record a version of their verses over this

Watch The Throne – No Church In The Wild

Jessie Ware – Do For Love (Bobby Caldwell #coverversion)

I grew up with ‘Do For Love’. My father had the Bobby Caldwell OG version in pretty frequent rotation on the old Blaupunkt turntable, and when I discovered the Tupac version as a teenager I played it to death., cos I was hardcore like that homie. This is a special song to me. Suffice to say, I’m sufficiently skeptical of covers of a song so near and dear to me. Jessie Ware treats the track with respect, leaving in enough of the original to allow some reminiscence while still adding enough of her own signature to make the version refreshing.

The sparse but never empty production complements the tone and emotion of the vocal track, resulting in a pleasing and thoroughly listenable record.

Jessie Ware Do For Love Cover Version
]Img credit: Jamie McKelvie

Ellie Goulding High For This – The Weeknd cover version

I love Ellie Goulding. Her tone and style bring to mind what would happen if Imogen Heap and Bjork morphed in to one person. Lately though, I think I almost appreciate her cover versions more than her original work. This girl is a work horse, covering everyone from Bon Iver to Elton John and many more in between.

This glitchy, laid back cover of ‘High For This’ originally performed by The Weeknd on House of Balloons is a #coverversion Friday treat to listen to.

Ellie Goulding High For This. The Weeknd Cover Version

I originally found this over on The Hype Machine, but it’s been a while since I listened to it. Hearing it again last night made it sound fresh all over.

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In addition to being a fun cover version, Monsieur Adi (he of the killer Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness Remix)delivers a smooth, string loaded Ellie Goulding High For This Remix.

Ellie Goudling High For This Monsieur Adi Remix

Ellie Goulding High For This is a cover of a song by The Weeknd. Listen to the original version below

Jimi Hendrix All Allong The Watchtower (Bob Dylan Cover) #coverversion Friday

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another killer cover version. In some respects, they don’t get any bigger than this – Jimi Hendrix covering Bob Dylan.

For a long time I didn’t know that this was a cover version, I thought that it was a Hendrix original. Dylan penned the original in 1967 and the Hendrix Experience started recording his version just one year later and released it on the seminal Electric Ladyland, pretty weird for a cover version.

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower

It seems that one of the biggest fans of the cover version was Bob Dylan. He praised the the Jimi Hendrix Experience version on on a number of occasions

It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.”

“I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way… Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way. – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower

Moonchild – Party (Beyonce Cover) #coverversion Friday

For me, the best way to watch a Beyonce music video is on a big screen TV with the sound off. It just makes more sense that way. Now, thanks to one of my new favourite Neo Soul bands ‘Moonchild’ I can even play a cover of one of her songs while I perv watch.

This is a cover version of Beyonce’s “Party” by Moonchild, and hot damn it if that keyboard bass doesn’t get me every time. I recently bought ‘Be Free’, Moonchild’s debut album, and you should too, it’s worth the tenner.

Who Is She (And What Is She To You) – #coverversion Friday

Let me start by saying that Bill Withers is the man. His ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation gets a helluva workout on my iPod on a regular basis. So it’s with this in mind that I can appreciate a tastefully done cover version of my favourite of Withers’ tracks – ‘Who Is He And What Is He To You’. Madelaine lends some Big Band flavour to one of the funkiest tracks I know and despite how cheesy the concepy sounds, it actually comes off pretty well.

For those who don’t know the OG version, here it is. Billy is a bad, band man on this track Dag gummit. Look out now!

 

Bill Withers

Civil Twilight – Teardrop #coverversion Friday

This week’s Cover Version is courtesy of my friend Danille Moult who shared it with me a few weeks back. The song being covered is Massive Attack’s classic ‘Teardrop’ from the 1998 album Mezzanine. I must admit that after hearing so many disappointing attempts, I didn’t expect to find a Massive Attack cover that I actually enjoy. I’m a huge fan of the band and their sound, so their original material is almost ‘sacred’ if you will.

Despite sounding like a very polite vampire movie, the boys from Civil Twilight have done one helluva rendition – I’ve been listening to it on and off for a few weeks to see if it has staying power. I’m happy to report that the shine hasn’t faded, even after many repeats. And the best part is that now I have another quality band to listen to. The fact that the band is from my home town – Cape Town, South Africa – is just the icing on the cake. Thanks Danny 😉

Massive Attacj Mezzanine

BONUS – “Letters From The Sky”

After listening to their cover so many times, it seems wrong not to include one of their original compositions as well. “Letters From The Sky” is taken off the band’s album self titled album and was featured on the movie soundtrack to ‘I Am Number Four.’

The drumming on this track is hypnotic, and on the first listen I was instantly reminded of Live back when Ed Kowalczyk was still with the band. Definitely a good thing.