Craig David was like the UK’s answer to Usher in the early 2000’s. Fill Me In is THE SONG. Such a shame he fell off, such a talented and cute guy. Wasn’t Blu Cantrell on a remix of U Don’t Have to Call or something? Damn so many R&B memories in one magazine cover.
It’s freaking wonderful that British trio Years & Years have picked up some buzz speed recently after letting loose their last single Take Shelter, the title track off their forthcoming EP. Today, they’ve premiered a cover of Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul’s Breathe. Yep. You read that right. And holy cow, is their cover good. It’s a refreshing, completely original take on the hit. The soul’s still there, but now there’s a hazy alt pop sheen and some bouncy, balmy beats to go with. It all comes together perfectly. When you think about it, it does make sense that Years & Years’ R&B channeling synthpop style would fit the tune. Now, go revisit Take Shelter, below, which is a great one to follow up that cover with.
This is The Carolina Chocolate Drops covering “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” from their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. It is my favorite of the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ albums, although if you are into old time music, their other two offerings are definitely worth listening to.
I enjoy this album most because it has the broadest range of music. Not only do they cover Blu Cantrell, but there’s also a version of Tom Waits’s “Trampled Rose,” which is equally successful at changing the sound of a song without changing its purpose. Besides the covers, there is a terrific version of jug standard “Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine,” and plenty of fiddle tunes.
I admit, I don’t listen to the Carolina Chocolate Drops for their fiddle tunes, but that has more to do with my taste than with the quality of their music. They deliver on grade-A old time stuff, I’m just not that wild about fiddle tunes these days.