This week, we’ve got some slow-burning funky covers. Just try not to nod your head. It’s nigh-on-impossible.
Klaxons follow in that grand tradition of white artists covering their favorite hip-hop tunes in an ironic way (Ben Folds doing “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” Dynamite Hack doing “Boyz-N-The-Hood,” The Gourds doing “Gin N Juice,” The Vines doing “Ms. Jackson,” everyone and their mother doing “Hey Ya.”). It’s a vibrant, robust tradition for sure. Still, it’s a great song built on a sample of a great song (“Grandma’s Hands” by Bill Withers), and Klaxons do it pretty faithfully.
Klaxons – No Diggity (Blackstreet cover) (Buy Klaxons music)
Leave it to Ben Harper to turn The Beatles into some funky reggae.
Ben Harper – Michelle (Beatles cover) (Buy BH music)
From trumpeteer Roy Hargrove’s first foray into neo-soul, this was the standout track for me. It was no real surprise to find out it was a Funkadelic tune, especially with the group singing and guitar breaks.
RH Factor feat. D’Angelo – I’ll Stay (Funkadelic cover) (Buy It)
Oh, and as a bonus cover track, here’s Go-Go king Chuck Brown covering “No Diggity” too. Not a slow-burner, but funky as hell. Enjoy:
Chuck Brown – No Diggity (Blackstreet cover) (Buy It)
posted by Adam