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The Weeknd - Drunk In Love (Beyoncè Cover)
R&B. Pop. Cover.
Abel Tesfaye is my all-time favourite artist. Kiss Land was a fantastic album (despite what Pitchfork preached) and House Of Balloons can still be religiously listened to 3 years on from its debut release in March of 2011. With this in mind, you can imagine my surprise and utter delight when I woke up at 9:30am this morning, started browsing my Instagram feed and then stumbled on a short clip posted by the man himself publicising his birthday. Playing in what I can only imagine was the most voguish birthday party of all time was clearly the Drunk In Love mega chorus, only with Abel’s pitch perfect Michael Jackson-esque vocals eerily floating on a dark and spooky rendition of Bey’s pop smash production. Not aware of anything myself, I took to Google thinking perhaps it was a one off performance, but was pleasantly rewarded with an upload on his official Soundcloud just 3 hours ago.
We’ve heard versions from Diplo, Future and more recently, Kanye West but this innovative reinterpretation is EXACTLY what a cover should be like. Primarily, it is about taking a track that you enjoy and making it your own. In this instance, taking Bey’s huge club hit and dragging it into a world of sin. The production sounds as though it could well have come from House of Balloons, a track that would absolutely compliment ‘The Morning’ and ‘The Party & The After Party’. The icing on the cake of this fantastic news? It’s up for free download here!
Happy 24th Birthday Abel.
Come on over, over.
"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic & GXNXVS // Originally by Drake (2014)
I’ve been waiting for some new Vancouver Sleep Clinic for a short while now, and today I got another taste to hold me off for a while. Following their brilliant single, "Collapse", Vancouver Sleep Clinic has teamed up with fellow Australian, GXNXVS for a dark, electro-tinged cover of Drake's “Hold On, We're Going Home”. The collaborators slow down the tempo and amp up the slow-jam feel, with Tim Bettinson's vocals providing a killer r&b take that calls to mind Justin Vernon vernon's more soulful moments. It's a fantastic take on an already great track. Check it out now!
That moment when they brought out red velvet cake at the wedding.