“Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
Chicago-based mashup wizards The Hood Internet have knack for bringing together seemingly distant artists to create anthem-sized bangers. This blended up smoothie of R. Kelly and Phoenix is no exception.
It’s short, so get ready to hit replay.
Sunday morning. Feeling like shit? I have some stuff that might just make you feel a little better. Five covers that will blow your mind. Ready?
1. Young The Giant Covers “Ignition” (Remix) by R. Kelly
I’ve been telling myself for years that if I could sing, I would be sure to put on a fur jacket and do a cover of R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix at least once a day. What a fucking coincidence that Young The Giant came around and did the exact same thing. Whatttt?! Mind: blown.
2. Niia Covers “BTSTU” by Jai Paul
Jai Paul’s “BTSTU” still gets multiple rotations on my iTunes, particularly when I’m driving to work and needing to get excited about the day ahead. What could be more excited than getting to sing “don’t fuck with me, don’t fuck with me” in a high-pitched voice? Nothing. Niia seems to think so too. She’s shared with us her sexy version of BTSTU, admittedly sexier than my car rendition.
3. Niia Covers “Mad World” by Tears for Fears
While we’re on the topic of Niia, she also created a beautiful cover of Tears for Fears’s “Mad World.” By adding a harp, a harder beat, and a bit of speed, Niia might have just created the best cover of this oft-covered song that I’ve heard yet.
4. Benjamin Francis Leftwich Covers “Look at Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch
Benjamin Francis Leftwich doesn’t have a shortage of balls. Wait…that’s weird. Um…what I’m trying to say is that he doesn’t fear covering superstars. He recently covered The Beatles and now he’s taking on Gillian Welch, who might as well be folk music’s superhero. Subtle and sweet.
5. Bon Iver Covers “Coming Down” by Anais Mitchell
One of the best thing about Bon Iver covers is seeing the instrumentation. This cover features piano, guitar, and a saxophone. It’s really beautiful, as you may have come to expect from a Bon Iver performance. This is a video clip from a visit to Triple J Radio studio in Australia where he chose to cover a song by a friend of his, Anais Mitchell. He says he chose this one because “there is no way not to have feelings about it.”
I’ve never been so high, I’ve never been so high, I’ve never been so high, I think I’m coming down. I’ve never laughed so loud, I’ve never laughed so loud, I’ve never laughed so loud, I think I’m coming down. Nothing going to stop me now, nothing going to stop me now, nothing going to stop me now. Please, don’t leave, easy feeling. Don’t leave me like that. Not yet. Don’t set me free. Free.
One of my favorite songs of all time is R. Kelly’s “I Wish.” Something about seeing a man step back from the fast pace of the hustle and sing a song to his mother who has passed warms my heart. Music blog YoursTru.ly invited How To Dress Well into their studio to record a live cover of “I Wish,” and though it doesn’t quite meet the level of the original, it’s a great stripped down acoustic version that is worth watching. The choice to provide very little lighting in the footage makes the video perhaps even more beautiful than it would have been with more visibility. Favorite lyrics in this song:
I wish that I could hold you now, I wish that I could touch you now. I wish that I could talk to you, be with you somehow. But I know, I know you’re in a better place, even though I can’t see your face. I know you’re smiling down on me, saying everything’s okay.
This one’s dedicated to my Dad.