Welcome to the first part of Smashed Vinyl's look at the best covers around! It is has become far more common place since the game-changing rise of YouTube for bands to cover their contemporaries on shows like Radio 1's Live Lounge or Tripple J's Like A Version and with it, has been some absolute peaches. From Tame Impla covering Massive Attack and Catfish and the Bottlemen covering Kanye to Arctic Monkeys covering Girls Aloud and Portishead covering Abba. There are so many wonderful examples of bands tipping their hats to their heroes by covering them superbly.
Billie Marten – Out of the Black (originally by Royal Blood)
With her delicate vocals and fragile acoustics, Billie Marten completely reinvents this track originally by hard rock band Royal Blood. Without knowing this was a cover, you probably wouldn't even recognise the song on first listening. The angst and violence captured in the original isn't totally absent but has been transformed into something quite moving and beautiful.
Thundamentals – Brother (originally by Matt Corby)
Australian hip-hop group, Thundamentals cover the hit track Brother by Australian folk singer-songwriter, Matt Corby in this Triple J Like A Version set. To cover a song that is already amazing as it is and to do it in a whole new style is incredibly risky. However, Thundamentals managed to smash it, giving the track a whole new hip-hop spin, also adding their own lyrics to tell another story, maybe of their own.
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Black Skinhead (originally by Kanye West)
Mashing songs together is something that lead singer Van McCann has an ear for, as proved when he covered The Killers Read My Mind and somehow managed to incorporate Kanye West, The Black Keys and Kasabian in one song that sounds both impossible and unbelievable. However, CatB prove us wrong in this masterpiece of a cover, intertwining Black Skinhead,Howlin' For You and Shoot The Runner so seamlessly as if it were one of their own tracks.
Warpaint – Ashes To Ashes (originally by David Bowie)
Only a few artists can successfully cover Bowie and Warpaint are now included in those few. Their quirky vocals and laidback 'jam' style when playing works brilliantly in this Bowie classic, giving it that eerie feel. They pay great tribute whilst still maintaining their own original sound.
Tame Impala – Angel (originally by Massive Attack)
The raw electrical energy created in this performance is just as (if more) chilling as the original. Kevin Parker's slow and hypnotic vocals work brilliantly with the momentous bass line and thundering drums to create a truly experimental and apocalyptic sound.