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15. â™«Â Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho (Rancid cover)Â / Reggae legend + Punk legends = Legendary.
14. â™«Â Sondre Lerche – Countdown (Beyonce cover)Â / The acoustic guitar cover is as old as the game but rarely is it done so simply. Sondre barely strums yet still convey’s the songs soul perfectly.
13. â™«Â Oh Land – Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover)Â / Oh Land dips this track in oozing wax and puts her stamp right in its heart.
12.Â â™«Â Joywave – Hang With Me (Robyn Cover)Â / A leftfield cover that sounds like a home run. A really sedated home run.
11. â™«Â The Death Set – Grinding Halt (The Cure)Â / Completely flipping a track’s genre is always tricky but here I’m too busy thrashing to really notice how they did.
10. â™«Â Mayer Hawthorne – When The Night Falls (Chromeo Cover)Â / Two words: smooooo and ooooth.
9. â™«Â Hercules & Love Affair – Shelter (The xx cover)Â / The best gap filler until new The xx. I wouldn’t mind a whole album of Herc covering xx.
8. â™«Â Javier Dunn – Animal (Miike Snow cover)Â / Dunn strips back the original’sÂ signatureÂ bleeps & bloops leaving only the haunting echo of the beautifully rendered lyrics.
7. â™«Â Freelance Whales – Girl U Want (Devo cover)Â / An unlikely pairing makes for tender magic. A testament to the Whales’ craft.
6.Â â™«Â John Legend – Rolling in the Deep (Adele Cover)Â / Legend lives up to his name by covering this monster completelyÂ a capella. I didn’t even notice there were no instruments until my 16th listen. Damn dude.
5. â™«Â Health – Goth Star (Pictureplane cover)Â / Tidy up the production, add some lyrics, and turn it all to 11 and you have got yourselves a jam of a cover.
4. â™«Â Sunday Girl – Where Is My Mind? (The Pixies cover)Â / Listening to this stops time for a moment. And colors get brighter.
3. â™«Â The National – Twenty Miles To NH Part 2 (The Philistines Jr cover)Â / I’ve still never heard the original but at this point I don’t think I will ever be able to appreciate it. The National have turned it into snowy gold.
2. â™«Â The Silent League – Texico Bitches (Broken Social Scene cover)Â / Swinging indie rock perfection.
1. â™«Â Skull Tape – Whip My Hair (Drowning In Blood) (Willow Smith Cover)Â / I pretty much had this one stuck on repeat most of the year. I’d begrudge them tacking their own song on the end of the track if a) they didn’t crush the cover so hard, and b) their jam didn’t flow so brilliantly.