Handsome Boy Modelling School – The Truth Featuring Roisin Murphy – Galt MacDermot #coverversion

“The Truth” has been on rotation in my collection for about 10 years now, and it’s a track I can keep going back to and find something new every so often – the hallmark of a classic.

“The Truth” is a cover of Galt MacDermot’s seminal piano soul composition “Coffee Cold” (which was featured on the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair). Initially it was Roisin Murphy’s voice that drew me in to the track, but the tone, texture and musically of the music soon took the focus. It was while hunting down the samples used that I discovered “Coffee Cold.”

Handsome Boy Modelling School – The Truth

“The Truth” is taken off the 1999 album “So… How’s Your Girl?” which features performances from Roisin Murphy, Del The Funky Homosapien, Gran Puba, Biz Markie and others. If you’re in to breakbeak hip hop, it’s worth a listen.

“Handsome Boy Modelling School” was made up of Dan The Automator and (the legendary) Prince Paul (De La Soul. Wu Tang Clan, Fat Joe)
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Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold

This is one of the rare instances where I have an equal amount of love for the original and the rework. I want both of these on vinyl, baldy.

Handsome Boy Modelling School

Umami – Sunny – Bobby Hebb cover version #coverversion Friday

This week’s cover is technically more of a remix, but it was so artfully and respectfully handled, that I just has to post it.

Umami is comprised of German Duo of Sam and Robert who put together a cracking rework of Bobby Hebb’s beautful acoustic soul record ‘Sunny’ which ranks very highly on my list of all time feel-good pop songs.

Umami – Sunny

“Sunny” has been covered by everyone from Jamiroqui and Marvin Gaye to Frank Sinatra (even a surprisingly tender version by Leonard Nimoy aka Mr Spock), and I’ve posted some of my favourite versions down below the original.

It’s always great to hear a classic rework make its way to the dancefloor.

Bobby Hebb – “Sunny” (1966)

Jamiroquai – Sunny cover version

Frank Sinatra – Sunny cover version

Marvin Gaye – Sunny cover version

Leonard Nimoy – Sunny cover version

Bobby Hebby Sunny album cover

The Vines- Ms Jackson – Outkast #coverversion

This week’s cover version is a hip hop classic turned on it’s head by Australian rockers ‘The Vines’. ‘Ms Jackson’ is a song with a story – Andre3000 wrote the piece as apology to his ex-girlfriend’s mother after they broke up. The fact that the ex in question in Erykah Badhu just makes the story that much more interesting, hence it is my pick for this week’s edition of #coverversion Friday

The Vines deliver a heartfelt, very different version of the track. Even though the vehicle used for delivery is so vastly different to the original, The Vines still manage to get the message contained in the lyrics across in a way that seems genuine and not forced. This is no mean feat considering that this cover version has many fewer words than the original, since Big Boi’s rap is not there to sketch in the details.

The Vines Ms Jackson cover version

In some ways, this version of the song is truer to the original than the album version presented on Stankonia. In an interview with Vibe magazine, Andre3000 tells that the track was originally an acoustic.

‘Ms. Jackson’ was an acoustic guitar song that I was doing at home. Then I just converted it over into something people could understand a little bit more.”

Outkast Ms Jackson

As Outkast’s first major radio hit in South Africa, ‘Ms Jackson’ was my introduction to Outkast , and also the genesis of a catch phrase that I still throw around.

Forever ever?
Forever ever?

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

Just Friends Avalance (Nicolas Jaar Remix) – Leonard Cohen Cover Version – #coverversion Friday

On a weekend spent in San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua, I met the amazing Shane and Emma from Ireland who introduced me to the music of Nicolas Jaar. How the hell I had missed out on this man for so long, I have no idea.

Today’s cover version is a Nicolas Jaar remix of a track by a group going by the name of Just Friends. Interestingly, the vocalist is Sasha Spielberg, daughter of Steven Spielberg.

This remix of Avalance is atmospheric, rhythmic and hauntingly beautiful that counterbalances Leonard Cohen’s deep, melancholic baritone with a light and airy but equally melancholic alto female vocalist.

Just Friends Avalanche

This is a cover version of Leonard Cohen’s 1971 acoustic guitar driven masterpiece ‘Avalanche’ taken from the album ‘Songs of Love and Hate.’ Listen to Just Friends Avalanche below.

[blockquote]You who wish to conquer pain, you must learn, learn to serve me well.[/blockquote]

Leonard Cohen – Avalanche

Senor Coconut and His Orchestra – Around The World – Daft Punk Cover Version

Today’s installmenet of #coverversion Friday is easily the most fun track I’ve uncovered yet. Below you’ll find a picture of a Japanse CD that shows a German orchestra doing a cover of a song by a French electro brand who used a sample from an American composer to create one of the best songs of the last 15 years. I would love to figure out how to drop this Senor Coconut Daft Punk cover version in a live set, just to see people’s faces.

Senor Coconut And His Orchestra – Around The World

Daft Punk – Around The World

Jerry Goldsmith – The Rec Room

A few years back I bought the Discovered album – it is a collection tracks that Daft Punk has sampled over the years. Some of the tracks are very distinct and easy to recognize, like Cola Bottle Baby from Edwin Birdsong.

COLA BOTTLE BABY [HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGET] by EDWIN BIRDSONG on Grooveshark

This track, however is one that really shows the Daft Punk sampling chops. I have no idea how they Gladwelled the sample from the Rec Room.