2009 may have had a plethora of covers, but not as many stuck out in my mind as past years. Either way, these were the stand outs, in my opinion. See below for a link to the corresponding podcast. Its my first attempt so….
5. Discovery – I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)
Like much of the music industry, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot discovered the fun of electronic-based studio fun. They were one of the few duo’s that could pull it off. Discovery’s take on “I Want You Back” is awash in synth and Auto-Tune, but this almost “chopped and screwed” take on a Jackson 5 classic manages to offer a slick alternative to the original.
4. Lissy Trullie – Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip cover)
Most of the time, I like covers that are acoustic reworkings or when classics are electro-fied, Lissy Trullie opted for neither. Her take on Hot Chip’s hit “Ready For The Floor”, takes all the electronic elements out and makes it her own with . The only remnant of the original is the hushed intro, that only hints at the jangly guitar and thumping drum ahead.
3. Taken By Trees – My Boys (Animal Collective cover)
I’ll just get this out of the way right now, Animal Collective is a little too crazy for me. “My Girls” was the only track I found tolerable off the album that everyone loves, which makes sense since it is their only pop song. Taken By Trees aka Victoria Bergsman manage to enhance the song as “My Boys”. The cover keeps the story of needing simple things to live happy, but sounds even better with Bergsman’s cooing and melancholy feel.
2. Solange – Stillness Is The Move (Dirty Projectors cover)
It took me awhile to wise up to the goodness of Dirty Projectors’ original, but not Solange’s spectacular cover. Beyonce’s lil’ sister did the opposite of what most cover artists do: remake an indie hit. I’m extra partial to this cover for reworking the beat from “XXXplosive” (via Soul Mann & the Brothers), but Solange’s pipes are the true star.
1. Desktop – My Boo (Ghost Town DJ’s cover)
I’ve been enamored with this electro cover of Ghost Town DJ’s hit since I first heard it. “My Boo” bubbles with synthesizers, vocal distortion (that works) and a drum beat on the chorus might be more banging than the original. The “A Milli” sample was a nice added touch that I appreciate even more now that its not 2008. I imagine there are a number of artists who are now wondering why they didn’t think to cover this classic sooner?
Desktop – My Boo (Ghost Town DJ’s cover)