It takes a lot of courage to recreate a classic tune and make it your own. Some artists are bold enough to clone the original tune like Whitney Houston’s flawless remake of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” Other musicians like Beyonce & Andre 3000 create an entirely different mood as heard in their rendition of the Amy Winehouse track “Back to Black.” Whether you’re Whitney or Beyonce, when it is time to cover a song the pressure is on! Listen to 4 fantastic covers that slipped under the radar but probably made it to the iPod of the original artist.
The Stepkids – Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)
The Stepkids are 3 awesome and talented guys. I say that with sincerity because I had the honor of getting to know them them during a video shoot for their upcoming single, “The Lottery.” Their playfully acoustic version of “Get Lucky” continues the good vibes that our favorite robots created.
Robert Glasper – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
I bet Kurt Cobain would have enjoyed the jazzed out piano version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Robert Glasper is known for creatively transforming familiar songs into soft jazz numbers. In 2006 the composer also covered Radiohead’s “Everything In The Right Place.” His take on the Nirvana classic is best represented here in Blue Note’s 1 Mic 1 Take series.
Faith Evans – Heaven Knows (Donna Summer Cover)
Beyond being the widow of a rap legend, Faith Evans has had one hell of a career. Back in 2003 she scored a small, but important role in the MTV film “The Fighting Temptations.” Evans played the mother of a young Cuba Gooding Jr., and in a pivotal part of the film she belts out a soulful version of a classic disco track.
Mark Ronson & Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me (The Smiths Cover)
In 2007 Mark Ronson along with a great list of collaborators released an album full of cover songs. The A-list producer covered everything from The Zutons to Britney Spears in an album properly titled, “Version.” Daniel Merriweather’s soulful voice shines brightly behind Ronson’s classic productions style in this r&b twist of The Smiths’ “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before.”