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).
It’s a well-known fact that the soundtrack to Elizabethtown is one of my favorite soundtracks/playlists/albums/whathaveyou of all time. And the crowning jewel on that soundtrack (and also from his album, I know guys, cut me some slack) – is “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams. It’s Ryan Adams just doing what he does and the harmonica riffs make my soul hurt.
Superchunk was a staple in my musical catalogue my early “see, I listen to cool music” years – and when they made their re-emergence in 2013 I was the happiest little sunbeam on the planet.
So, imagine all the feelings that went rushing through my body when I saw this post on SPIN, which pointed to this post on Pitchfork, about Superchunk covering “Come Pick Me Up” in honor of Bloodshot Records upcoming 20th anniversary. Spoiler alert: IT WAS A LOT OF FEELINGS.
The song is part of While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, a collection of 38
musical acts covering songs from the label’s catalog, will be released on November 18. Seriously, this cover is so good it deserves a statue that somehow moves so is a person playing guitar who is probably a robot spray painted silver…ya feel me?
Take a listen for yourself here.