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Cover songs *Justin Baron, Local Natives, Collin McLoughlin, Mumford & King Fantastic

August 3rd, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Pop, Remix, Rock |

Haven’t busted out a cover song post in a while but here’s five dope covers ranging from gangsta rap to rock/pop to a classic by Simon & Garfunkel. Let us know which cover song you like the most!

Justin Baron is a newcomer that I found out about a week ago with his cover of OneRepublic‘s “Good Life”. I love that he takes it in a different direction with more emphasis on the piano and vocals.
OneRepublic – Good Life (Cover) by JustinBaron

A few months ago, LA indie/alternative band Local Natives performed one of Simon & Garfunkel‘s classics, “Cecilia”. I’m a huge fan of the original song as it is so when I heard the cover, it was hard to ignore how awesome it is to hear it covered. Loving the instrumentals and the group vocals.
Local Natives – Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

Once again Collin McLoughlin continues with the cover song. He’s such a talented vocalist and solid composer with these covers yet and hearing him perform cover after cover makes me question his song-writing ability and originality. Collin if you are reading this, please release an original soon! Listen and download “Stereo Hearts mashup” which mixes “Lazy” by Bruno Mars and “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Hereos. 5-star!
Stereo Hearts Mashup by CollinMcLoughlin

So this cover is a year old but I only heard it within the last couple months. Hard to deny Mumford & Sons being one of the best folk rock bands today and Vampire Weekend being equally talented in whatever genre you want to stick them in. Loving the banjo and folk rock guitars in the song plus the vocals stand out with Marcus Mumford’s vocals. Download
Cousins (Vampire Weekend Cover)- Mumford & Sons

Lastly my favorite electronic hip-hop duo King Fantastic put this song out a while ago covering Ice T with “Colors”. It only popped up on soundcloud a month ago and I had no doubt in my mind I would blog about this with some other dope covers. This is the only hip-hop song in the post, loving the instrumentals, rapping is dope, overall a quality song if you are into gangsta rap and/or like the electronic.
King Fantastic – Colors (Ice T Cover)

If you want a better idea how talented Justin Baron is with his “Good Life” cover, check out the youtube video after the jump and watch his “Cooler Than Me” Mike Posner cover too!
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Covers *Aloe Blacc, Bad Rabbits, Collin McLoughlin, John Legend, Adele

May 8th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

I have been pushing this back and continually forgetting about doing a covers post. Well know I got too many covers to post, so here’s five that have come out within the last few months worth listening to. Above is a picture of Bad Rabbits who recently embarked on a “Cover Sessions” feature. Below is the third cover in their series.

Aloe Blacc decided to do a cover/mashup with my favorite Jay-Z song, “99 Problems” with Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. Aloe Blacc is hands-down one of the best up-and-coming R&B/soul artists and I love his vocals in this, giving the song a retro soul feel. It’s ironic because each of these originals sample retro funk/soul material.
Aloe Blacc – 99 Problems x Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Next my favorite genre-blending funk, pop, R&B, rock band, Bad Rabbits, cover one of Smashing Pumpkins greatest songs and one of those songs I hate to hear on a Sunday because it reminds me of a new work week, much like any Bush song. Loving the instrumentals, vocals are better than I expected, personally I enjoy the cover more than the original.
Bad Rabbits – 1979
For some reason Collin McLoughlin is putting out more remixes/covers than originals which is cool but I want to see more originality before declaring me being a bigger fan of him than say Mike Posner. Here Collin cover’s Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean‘s “Nature Feels” which samples MGMT’s “Electric Feel”. When your doing a song over MGMT instrumentals, there’s a real good chance the song is going to be fantastic.
Collin McLoughlin – Nature Feels
Probably have all heard this but if you haven’t downloaded this yet, here’s John Legend‘s cover of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. Love how John Legend uses hardly anything to support his powerful vocals.
John Legend – Rolling In The Deep
And on that note, let’s finish today’s covers with Adele‘s cover of The Strokes first mainstream hit, “Last Nite”. I still prefer the original, but this is still really good as Adele is one of the most under-appreciated musicians out there.
Adele – Last Nite

Aweseme covers by Javier Dunn, Plug in Stereo, PJ Simas, and Weezer

December 15th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Pop, R&B |


This is becoming an almost common post, with us giving you some popular songs covered by some talented artists. Above is a must-watch video, below are some other awesome covers.

This week I got four interesting covers.

Plug In Stereo covering Kid Cudi’s “Up, Up & Away”, folk singer/songwriter Javier Dunn covering Miike Snow’s “Animal”, PJ Simas covering T.I.’s new hit, “Castle Walls” and Weezer covering Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”.

Plug In Stereo ft. Horizun – Up, Up, & Away (KiD CuDi Cover)
Javier Dunn – Animal (Miike Snow cover)
PJ Simas – Castle Walls Feat. Dineen Laurel
Weezer – Viva La Vida
Enjoy!

Daily Mash – Sam Tsui, next youtube sensation?

November 2nd, 2010 by | Mashup, Pop, Remix |

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With over 4.5 million views, I wish I could have been one of the first couple millions but that’s ok, as long as most of you haven’t seen it yet.

Sam Tsui is really good, taking three overplayed songs, (Eminem/Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie”, Taio Cruz’ “Dynamite”, and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”), and turning it into his own.

Cover/Mashups have become a cool trend with television show, GleeNeon Hitch, Sam Tsui and many more.

For more videos of Sam Tsui, click here.

Chiddy Bang – “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (video) x “Here We Go”

October 4th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup Monday, Pop |


Above is Billboard’s Mash-Up Monday where an artist cover’s another song but puts their own taste on it. So knowing Chiddy Bang, they freestyle a bunch of random words over Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

Here’s a new song off Chiddy Bang’s mini-album, The Preview. Today listen to “Here We Go” ft. Q-Tip; it’s an upbeat track I really enjoy.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5810700%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-ZK4aA&secret_url=false  Chiddy Bang ft. Q Tip – Here We Go 

All Chiddy Bang posts, click here!

Mashup Monday: Mr. Rogers Productions x Weezer

September 13th, 2010 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday, Remix |
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As you can see in the video above, this isn’t a mashup between Mr. Rogers Productions and Weezer. Weezer does a cover/mashup with MGMT’s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. It’s an awesome cover/mashup and I love that Weezer performs this song at almost every live concert which I have featured video of them doing above.

Download: Weezer – Kids x Poker Face

The other mashup today is by Mr. Rogers Production, who recently produced “Testify To The Kids” a mashup between MGMT’s “Kids” and Kanye West’s “Testify”. I like this mashup because it’s not just one song’s instrumental’s over the other songs vocals but “Kids” instrumentals are mixed around the lyrics of “Testify”.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5281242%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-vc6HZ&secret_url=false  Mr. Rogers Productions – Testify To The Kids by BeforeBigsZach 

Enjoy!

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