Posts Tagged ‘Drake’

December 19, 2017
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The North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma went down exactly a week ago, and we’re still feeling very despondent that we couldn’t make it up for the show. Not only was it for a very good cause, but we would’ve loved to have been mesmerized by Devon Baldwin again. The now Los Angeles based San Francisco native both lifts our spirits and tears our hearts asunder with a gorgeously devastating new track. The ever stunning siren has presented us with a beautifully moving, chiffon stirring cover of Drake’s Shot For Me, featuring a few slightly altered choice lyrics to “make it extra topical”, as Devon herself said. The singer songwriter re-unites with her go-to producer and friend Christoph Andersson on the heartstrings tugging ballad. It’s a synthesis we’ve praised with much zeal in the past, and the union proves to be rewarding once again as Andersson sculpts an immaculate and austere electro-based soundscape to cushion Devon Baldwin’s aerial fluttering, pure and silvery voice. It’s a minimalistic song with no bells and whistles to hide behind, but there’s nothing that needs hiding when it comes to Devon Baldwin’s pristine vocals and heartfelt performance. She lays it all out. Shot For Me has never felt more raw, vulnerable, and sincere than on this deeply moving cover, which even works in some well suited Marvin’s Room. Devon Baldwin’s Shot For Me can also be streamed via Spotify, here, and downloaded from iTunes, here.

June 5, 2017
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Two British singer songwriter and production acts have teamed up to form new duo WØLVES to entrap our ears with their combined musical talent.  Aaron London and New Machine’s first track as a united front is an exceptional cover of Drake’s Blem. Deep rumbling beats and dark synths abound on their moody seductive rendition, which they’ve described as a deep house and 80′s soul influenced take on the original. I’m left hungry for more from the pair and curious as to what original material these WØLVES might be cooking up.

April 27, 2017
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Australian R&B sensation Vanessa Elisha and esteemed producer of opaque soundscapes XXYYXX have proven themselves a divine union on last year’s torridly impelling Out Of Time, so it comes as no surprise that they make such a sumptuous team once again on new single Good Ones Go, a smoldering cover of Drake’s Good Ones. Vanessa Elisha’s moody burning vocal calisthenics evoke BANKS’ dark burning allure, while XXYYXX’s gritty future production creates a more than tactile compelling, restless consuming experience. The cover happened by accident (and such a happy accident, at that). Vanessa found herself struggling to write in the studio one night. She states: “I opened up this 8-bar loop and I immediately heard the cover over it, so I just started recording it for shits and giggles. It wasn’t really meant to be anything. So many people cover Drake and I didn’t want to be corny about it, but the more I worked on it the cooler it got. This is definitely one of my favorite Drake vocal and lyrical performances.” Vanessa Elisha’s Good Ones Go couldn’t be farther from corny. It’s quickly become one of my all time favorite covers of Drake, and as she said herself, there are a ton of those floating out and about.  You can purchase the track from iTunes, here.

March 7, 2017
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I must confess, I’m a little bit sad that PRXZM no longer resides in San Francisco. The now Los Angeles based duo continue to climb the ladder of electronic perfection with new single, Come & See Me, their future R&B interpretation of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s song of the same name, originally featuring Drake. The dulcet honeyed cover is an appropriate late night companion, when the heart reveals its deepest longings and most painful regrets. Download PRXZM’s Come & See Me, here.

March 4, 2016
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I’ve never been able to resist Drake and Rihanna’s Take Care, largely due to the fact that it heavily utilizes and samples Jamie xx and the late great Gil-Scott Heron’s I’ll Take Care Of U, a song I’ll adore for all eternity. Drake puts the song to good use on mega hit Take Care, which I unexpectedly re-encountered today in a very different form, thanks to this fantastic remix by German production duo GAMPER & DADONI. The producers take those Jamie xx Balearic house beats and amps them up, infusing the track with an extra plentiful dose of breezy house vibrancy. It’s impossible not to get up and move to this laid back deep dance treat. Download the remix for free from MGM Records, here.

March 1, 2016
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Rihanna & Drake’s Work is obviously one of the most popular mainstream singles of the moment. Work is also spawning a growing list of covers and remixes, out of which I find irresistible this track, both a cover and a remix. German producer Koni must really enjoy remixing covers, after all, his last buzz stirring track is a remix of Gabrielle’s cover of Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime. I’m certainly not complaining, because his new remix of Shaun Reynolds and Emma Heesters’ Work is a glowing bundle of deep tropical house. Download the uplifting, summery gem for free, here.

February 18, 2016
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PRXZM is a production duo from right here in San Francisco, and they continue to impress and delight me with their latest, a cover of DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne classic I’m On One. They give the song a delicate touch on their effortlessly wavey future R&B and chill trap rendition, which they’ve named i’m on 1. The effervescent twinkler is free download, here

December 5, 2015
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Yes, kids, it’s another Hotline Bling cover, but this one gives it a very fresh and new approach. British duo TENDER, whose been regaling us with funky rich meets lo-fi plush inflected soul offers up their interpretation of the ubiquitous Drake hit, creating a chill and mellow, dexterous and smooth Hotline Bling. The cool cover rolls with a soothing, meditative fluidity. I can’t help but surrender to its dark, languid groove.

November 24, 2015
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Sure, there’s an endless string of Hotline Bling covers these days, but trust me, you won’t want to miss this one by emerging Jersey talent Donna Missal, who recently dropped her monster of a debut, Keep Lying. Donna Missal’s Hotline Bling is pure fire, a bluesy rock and alt R&B cover. She reminds me of Alessia Cara on the raw cover, but far more fierce and retro rocking, with diva pipes as explosive and powerful as Alicia Keys. Make sure you check out Donna Missal’s smoky debut single Keep Lying below, too.

October 27, 2015
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By now, many people may be a little worn out by how ubiquitously present Drake’s Hotline Bling seems to be, ROFL inducing memes of his video included. Let’s switch things up a bit with a phenomenal remix cover of the tune by a 22 year old producer, vocalist, and artist from Toronto named Sylo Nozra. This Hotline Bling is even more sensual and provocative with its sweet electro soul and R&B charm. Velveteen vocals and grooving smoothness reminiscent of a swooning blend of The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Toro Y Moi, and Frank Ocean gives new dusky, frisky life to Hotline Bling. Sylo Nozra even inserts some Can’t Feel My Face near the end of the track, and it’s some hot, steamy goodness. Free download, here.