Triple J, that meddling little tune twizzler, never misses a beat. Literally. Wading through the deep waters of new music, sifting and sorting through it all, elevating some real gems to legend status. They sit at the helm of music in this fine land, with the Hottest 100 overtaking Australia Day in it’s cultural relevance, at least for now. With each cheeky breakfast trend or what used to be Tom and Alex bants, now Matt and Alex, makes waiting for the next song to roll not that bad. Like a Version switches it up.
What is it that is so charming about a cover? Is it perhaps that we too can’t wait for our shower musings to be amplified as a visionary cover. As likely as that is. Covers take the old, the celebrated, and switch it into a new gear.
When Friday shows it’s wonderful face, that radio play gets even better. Inviting new favourites, up and comers and all time lyricists to play it there way. Like A Version has seen many a track seemingly redefine the original, even overcome it. So once you’ve listened to this week’s magic why not turn back time and revisit the upper echelon of covers.
Chvrches Cover Arctic Monkeys ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
The smokey tones of the Arctic Monkeys meets the lightness of Chvrches, the results aurally astounding.
Matt Corby Covers The Black Keys ‘Lonely Boy’
The earth shattering vocals of Matt just shine in his acoustic cover. He really took the upbeat sounds of the original and transformed it into a soulful masterpiece.
DMA’s Cover Cher ‘Believe’
When the DMA’s covered Cher, well, it was viral in an hour flat. If Myspace was still around everyone’s page song would have been bellowing the same thing. We all know this song but it probably didn’t have spot on your playlist, thanks to DMA’s it’s on high rotation.
Ocean Alley Cover Player’s ‘Baby Come Back’
A classic 70’s tune boasting Ocean Alley’s raw vocals, this one puts hairs on your neck. And the DIY Like A Version outro makes us love these guys even more.
Gang Of Youths Cover The Middle East ‘Blood’
Once again, David Le’aupepe brings us all the feels. These guys can do no wrong as they release their MTV Unplugged album, too.
Ash Grunwald feat Urthboy cover Gorillaz ‘Feel Good Inc’
As we desperately wait for new Gorillaz material, it’s not so bad if we have this revision to tide us over. Aussie hip hop taking the ultimate tune and doing it justice.
Childish Gambino covers Tamia ‘So Into You
All talented, all singing, all rapping, Childish Gambino’s turn on this classic from before our time is magical. Trills of keyboard, the choral echo of vocals and something that makes you want to snap your fingers. 90’s RnB brought to life in the finest way.
Chet Faker covers Sonia Dada ‘(Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good’
We not only get the iconic vocal of Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, we get a whole bloody chorus of uplifting voices. The cover is raw and that’s what makes it so spectacular, he has used the bare minimum to make one of the greatest Like A Versions to date.
L-FRESH The LION covers Panjabi MC and Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
A hero of cultural fusion, L-Fresh the Lion brings his own brand of Aussie hip hop, Punjabi spice and the familiarity of Fresh Prince together. One big melting pot, that sounds so good you won’t stop stirring.
Meg Mac Covers Tame Impala’s ‘Let It Happen’
With a cheeky feature from Meg’s sister, the family duo take on an absolute classic. It’s not easy taking on the big dogs Tame Impala, but they bring a unique cover with some sweet harmonies.
Illy covers INXS, Silverchair, Hilltop Hoods, Paul Kelly, Flume in the Ultimate Aussie Medley
This is a showcase of the greatest in Australian music today, what makes it so incredibly special is the way Illy blends each song and melody absolutely seamlessly. Guaranteed this cover will give you goosebumps and make you smile with absolute pride.
Kasabian Cover Cypress Hill’s ‘Insane In The Brain’
Guaranteed to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. British rock legends take it right back to an absolute classic, and kill it. Obviously. You’ve be insane in the brain if you didn’t think so.
Paces covers LDRU ‘Keeping Score’ Ft. Guy Sebastian
You wouldn’t expect to see Guy Sebastian on Triple J, and yet his performance demands repeat. The Idol winner soars LDRU’s dance jam from club wall bounce to a powerful expression. Just don’t tell Nollsy he wasn’t invited.
Thundamentals cover Matt Corby ‘Brother’
Perhaps the best Like A Version of it’s time. Sorry to negate the rest of the list but this reimagination of the soulful cries of Corby, to the tapping rhythms of the Thundamentals is a switch worth making. It’s particularly tricky when the original is so good, but Tuka and his crew manage to pull it off.
Arctic Monkeys cover Tame Impala ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
Australia wears Tame Impala as a badge of honour internationally, so how much more fitting is Arctic Monkeys tasting the psychedelic sound for themselves. Where British rock and eccentric Australian meet, not a bad combination. But it’s Alex Turner, so whatever he touches turns to gold really.
San Cisco cover Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’
A cover a pure perfection; pitch perfect vocals, stunning drums and a killer guitar solo. Even better, they layered it with an extra Pharrell cover. What more do you want?
Sarah Blasko covers Outkast ‘Hey Ya’
Sarah Blasko’s light as air voice powers through what’s normally a call to dance. Andre 3000 watch out, Hey Ya has been taken to a whole new heights.
John Butler Trio cover Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’
John Butler Trio do what they do best with this cover, chill vibes and funky vocals. Some may say the cover is even better than the original.
Gordi Covers Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’
Paying tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, this cover is like something you’ve never heard before. In a good way. Completely unique and completely worth the listen in support of some great Aussie music.
Glass Animals Cover Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’
After their success covering Kanye back in 2014, Glass Animals take on yet another huge song in their 2017 Like A Version. Smooth piano, funky guitar and chilled beats take this one down a notch but nonetheless takes nothing away from the song itself.
Catfish and the Bottlemen cover The Killers ‘Read My Mind
‘Live music, what the kids want’. Probably one of the most iconic moments in Like A Version to date. The Welsh indie rocker bring pure authenticity to this cover and even better he throws in a little R Kelly to shake things up.
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