Look, I love Drake, you love Drake, we all love Drake. But you know who really loves Drake? Etheral, indie, electornic pop songstresses. And so I decided it was about time to compile a list of some of my favorite Drake covers, as performed by some talented females (warning, duplicates ahead).
Florence + The Machine // Take Care
This is the OG of Drake covers IMHO. Debuted about four years ago during a performance session at the BBC One Live Lounge, Florence and the Machine tackled Take Care. I love how excited Florence is to perform the number, and I was memsmerized the first time I saw it. The strings also really take it to the next level.
Yuna // Hold On, We’re Going Home
I first heard this version when the rapidly rising Malaysian singer performed this little ditty during a Spotify Sessions performance. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose had it come up on their Discover Weekly and stopped what they were doing to find out just who exactly was responsible for some a magical rendition.
Glass Face // Hotline Bling
I had actually never heard of Glass Face, but recently stumbled upon their cover of Hotline Bling, and I’ll admit it piqued my interest. There have, of course, been more than a few various covers of Hotline Bling since the song made its meme-tastic debut in 2015. But I really like what Glass Face did with the arrangement, really stripping it down (it’s signature drum beat is absent the entire track) and adding in layers of harmonies until it finally builds to its final crescendo.
Tinashe // Days in the West
A cover that almost renders the original track “Days in the East” unrecognizable, Tinashe somehow takes the verses and makes them feel slightly delicate, until she hits it hard. Is it just me or does listening to this make you feel slightly more empowered?
ASTR // Hold On, We’re Going Home
See, I warned you. But this one is too good it’s worth two versions of the same song. Not a new one of course, released by the band about 2 years go – but I would be remiss in excluding it in case there’s anyone out there that hasn’t heard it yet (thought with over 4 Million streams on Spotify I supsect there aren’t too many of you left).
Let’s kick it old school shall we? No fancy lists, hooks, Justin Bieber references today – just a good old fashioned post about a song I cannot stop listening to. Oh Wonder is songwriting duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, and together they make sparkling, etherial, entrancing music. Their self-titled debut was released in September, and trust me, it’s goooood.
But in an effort to stay to true to my roots, let me draw your attention to one song in particular – Drive.
I feel like if there was a feelings equivalent of onomatopoeia this song is it. Titled “Drive” and with lyrics that talk about driving, it instantly gives that “on the road” feeling (no ties to Kerouac). And in case you hadn’t heard of Oh Wonder until now, I’d say this is a pretty good crash course in their overall sound – soft, gentle melody, rolling rhythms and a building chorus. I mean really – what else can you want?
Or, if you don’t like reading – all you really need to do is watch his Takeaway Show in Paris with La Blogothéque. To summarize briefly: Leon’s voice is on point, the harmonies are soulful and soothing, the red wine is boss, and the Parisians give zero fucks. It’s glorious.
So once you’ve watched and fallen head over heels, be sure to give the full album Coming Home a listen – I assure you it’s worth it.
I have a confession to make – I find Tove Lo’s recent single “Talking Body” to be like, crazy sexy (cool). Those of you that know me well know that me writing that on the internet is a pretty big deal. But there it is – out there for all the world to see.
So you can imagine I’m finding it difficult to figure out just what to do with myself after finding this cover by Thirdstory, because, somehow, impossibly, inexplicably, it makes the song even sexier with layers of harmonies and falsetto, a slowed down tempo, and a more R&B feel. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go find a glass of ice water while I let you all enjoy this delicious musical treat.
Remember Eagle Eye Cherry? Who am I kidding, of course you remember them. “Save Tonight” was a staple of every alt kid’s 90’s playlist, or at least it was on mine. So in honor of the ubiquitous Throwback Thursday, let’s all join together to enjoy this fabulous cover by Louis Vivet.
Now since the original will always have a special place in my heart, I won’t go as far as to call this version better, but damn if it isn’t something special. I love the haunting vocals by some young guns – Gavrielle and Nick Goldston – and am even down with the techno break in the middle. The track is upbeat but yet stays true to the melancholy of the lyrics (try to tell me you didn’t use to cry to this song while thinking about your crush in grade school, or hanging with your friends on the last day of camp). So here you are folks, your #TBT jam of the day.
Everyone loves R.Kelly’s Ignition (Remix). I know this to be true for many reasons: it’s a great song, it’s catchy as all hell, and also I once witnessed a spontaneous sing-a-long/dance party erupt when it came on at a restaurant (no joke…I have the video to prove it, but I can’t figure out how to embed an instagram video and I deleted it from my phone).
What I didn’t know what there was a way to make this sexy ass R&B jam feel like a totally and completely different song. I mean seriously, how else can one sing “running her hands through my fro, bouncing on twenty fours…”? It turns out at least one other way – the soft, female, indie-folk way. I can hear the chorus of “Whaaaa?” from here. But trust me, green-haired songstress Phoebe Ryan delivers.
So have a listen, and realize that a) these lyrics are pretty ridiculous when sung by anyone other than R.Kelly (and even then…) and b) you have always been craving this cover, you just didn’t know it yet.
In the past 24 hours, something magical has happened. A summer track has emerged seemingly out of nowhere. Ryn Weaver’s new track OctoHate has taken the internet by storm, and with good reason. The all-star produced track (Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, Charlie XCX, Benny Blaco, and Cashmere Cat) is everythign you could want in a summer pop song. Light, upbeat, catchy, strong vocals, easy to learn lyrics, etc.
This is currently the only track on Ryn Weaver’s Soundcloud page, but one can only hope many more of the same appear soon. In the meantime, I can’t wait to figure out how many listens it will take before I get sick of this…I have a feeling it’s going to be alot.
Alright this one’s for Chicago…a little something to listen to while you sit there huddled in a corner conserving every last ounce of body heat. While this LA girl may be wearing a scarf in 55 degrees, let’s not forget I once lived in the Windy City and know what that shit’s like.
Common’s single is one that’s very near and dear to his cause – shedding light and telling the tale of “Chiraq” and all the young violence that goes along with it. In my opinion there’s nothing Common does better than tell a story – and this track is no different.
For more info and a link to download the track check out Stereogum’s article here.
This post has a few purposes. Ready for them?
First some business items to attend to:
1) I’m going to try this new thing where I categorize my posts. Will it work? Who knows! Ask me again next time I write something and decide if I want to “brand” it or not.
2) I’m going to try this new thing where I write more posts. I know, I know, I’ve said that a lot. But this time I mean it. So if you’re reading this – first of all, thanks! You’re one of the few. Second of all, tell your friends! Tell your friends friends! And their aunts and cousins and dogs and lizards!
Now on to the good stuff:
3) I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I try to be good about leaving my phone out of reach while I’m driving, but sometimes when I’m listening to Sirius and a song comes on that I like but haven’t heard before, I fumble for my phone to try to fire off a picture of the screen in my car. Then, weeks later, I remember I took said picture and finally look back through my photos and get some new songs to listen to.
4) After having looked back through said photos I found this:
So now we get to the meat of this post. An actual song. A song called Common Sentiments by a band called Typhoon. Despite some similarities in sound to the Scottish Frightened Rabbit, Typhoon are actually from Portland (insert hipster/coffee/Carrie Brownstein joke here).
They join the likes of Arcade Fire, Stars, and Grouplove with a very family band-ish sensibility (read: voices chiming in singing hooks in the background), which of course means that their music makes me feel like I’m in a field dancing with a rays of sunshine peaking out behind my billowing gown. …Was that too weird? Well it’s the truth. It’s easy, fun listening (even, in its own way, the track entitled Possible Deaths), and you should check it out. At ACL? Well you’re in luck! They’re playing on October 6th. Not in Austin? Well then give them a listen on Spotify, or listen to my track selection off their latest release White Lighter below.
PS/5) How do we feel about this new Spotify player embed option? I think it’s kinda cool…right?