Being a longtime Nirvana fan, I have a hard time listening to covers of their songs. Like many Beatles fans, I believe you should leave perfection be. Pigeons and Planes had other plans. In celebrating Kurt Cobain’s birthday (February 20), Pigeons and Planes will be releasing a free covers compilation titled Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well. The first of many covers was released last week but the entire album will be available to download on February 20th.
Electronic soul singer-songwriter JMSN flawlessly covered “Rape Me”. As opposed to Cobain’s very angry, tortured vocals, JMSN provides more devastating, distressed lyrics. The cover is beautifully produced and really allows JMSN’s yearning lyrics to be the main focus. JMSN adds his stylistic qualities while maintaining the integrity and overall vibe of the original. His down-tempo cover is very mindful and genuine, two qualities you don’t always find in an artist, let alone a cover. Suffice to say, this cover is breathtaking.
We definitely weren’t expecting this one. To celebrate their one year anniversary, Hotel Garuda have teamed up with Prince Fox for a cover of one of the most iconic songs of the last 10 years. Featuring Prince Fox’s vocals, the track bounds between smart melodic breaks and new school deep house drops. The result is huge and the perfect pep for the week. Listen here:
First off, special shout out to Felix Jaehn for opening his “Ain’t Nobody” track with the often overlooked but secretly sonic threat known as the xylophone. This Hamburg born-DJ took a Chaka Khan classic, stretched it out and sprinkled Jasmine Thompson’s voice all over it. Did I mention Jasmine was born in 2000???? Piano keys happily surround her voice as it dances along the xylophone. Makes for quite the grooving sound with the perfect level of bounce. This is definitely bound for dance floors everywhere.
It’s a pretty safe assumption that most people don’t consider, “Bound 2” Kanye’s finest work, but it always struck me as a little sad because the chorus and sample choice for the song was fantastic. Luckily, that’s where remixes and reworks come in. UK indie pop darlings, Mausi, have covered the song and turned it into a unbelievably summery indie dance groover that trims the fat and focuses solely on the chorus hook, wrapping it in big synths, a four to the floor groove, and singer Daisy Finetto’s voice, which is one of those ‘fall in love instantly’ sort of voices. Really nice job.
Furniteur is the new band from Brett’s Kevin Bayly and Mike Toohey, featuring singer Brittany Sims. Their sound is a no frills homage to 80s synth pop with an indie band flair. They recently debuted with lead track “Modern Love,” and last week dropped a nice cover of “The Page” by The Chromatics. The song was recorded on an 8 track tape using all vintage keyboards and sequencers resulting in a delightfully retro sound that could have just as easily been recorded 20 years ago as 20 days ago. Grab the free download below and make sure to catch them tonight at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar over in Adams Morgan.