I still don’t know how I feel about Drake executive producing Aaliyah’s new album. I get that he’s really into her and may be her #1 fan, but he didn’t know her. I love 40’s slow, melodic beats and it should go well with her vocals, like in Enough Said, but truthfully, as much as I like Drake, I think his raps are going to ruin the album (just like it did this song).
I heard Drake’s (and Rihanna’s) track “Take Care” at the club the other night and everyone went crazzzy! Rightfully so. This song is so catchy and it’s perfect head boppin’ music. I LOVE Rihanna’s vocals on this track too. It’s not super wild or anything. It’s simple, yet effective.
On to this cover by Florence + the Machine. Florence Welch gives us an indie-rock take on Drake’s song. Shout out to Audrey Wu for the find!
I wrote a post a while ago saying that I wasn’t looking forward to Drake’s new album “Take Care”. But, after actually listening to it, I was definitely wrong. This album sounds very similar to his mixtape “So Far Gone”, which was in my opinion, one of the best mixtapes of all time. I guess I’m more of a Noah “40” Shebib fan than I previously thought.
On to this cover. I favourite track off of Take Care is actually “Over my Dead Body”, which features the lovely Chantal Kreviazuk. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a cover of that track to do it justice. I did, however, find this cover of “Headlines” by a duo called VanJess. They give a female perspective on Drizzy’s hit track. I also LOVE their mix of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” afterwards. Great work.
Living in Toronto, you tend to gravitate towards the artists who represent your city. I liked The Weeknd right off the bat. His first mixtape, House of Balloons, was one of the most innovative mixtapes I’ve heard in a long time. But then came Thursday. Other than Drake’s verse on “The Zone”, I thought this was a terrible mixtape. It’s just a poorer version of the first mixtape.
On to this cover of “The Morning” by Eliza Doolittle. The band was able to add their own smooth, jazzy feel to the track. The bass guitar is what does it for me.
I think Drake fell off a bit the past year. I noticed a lot of shit sounds very similar. I still think “So Far Gone” is his best album (mixtape… whatever). He’s at his best when he takes his lyric writing ability and puts it on his own unique melodies.
I read this article that “Take Care” is supposed to feature a lot of “radio friendly” tracks. Fuck that. He needs to put more songs like “Trust Issues” out.
Now, I like this cover Emmalyn did. Her rapping is terrible, but the quality of the video and her voice does the song justice. Plus, the acoustic piano is well done.
I know I haven’t updated this in a while and I’m home sick so, I thought I’d give you one SUPER update! This is not really a cover but I am amazed by how many artists have sampled this track by Eddie Kendricks. The list goes on and on. I’m sure I’m missing some but I thought I’d give you as many versions as I know. My favourite is the one by Sweet Sable. Enjoy!
I can’t get enough Drake. I know no one can match T-boz’s rough, raspy voice but Drake does a good job covering the track (TLC’s “FanMail”) his own way. He is pretty damn good at picking songs to cover… Just sayin’.