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30 minute Cheltenham Jazz Festival mix

So, festival season will soon be upon us again. As well as Camp Bestival, The Big Chill (R.I.P) and others the Cheltenham Jazz Festival is one I always mark in the calendar well in advanceCheltenham Jazz Festival

This year I’ve decided to put in for a set at the Fringe Festival. I’ve done this very last minute. Last 90 minutes to be exact as I only found out the deadline for submissions was today a couple of hours ago!

I’ve put together a 30 minute, 10-track mix of jazzy cover versions from a latin cover of Lionel Ritchie to a steel band cover of Van Morrisson via a Colliery band version of No Diggity and reggae version of a Nirvana classic. Oh, and Stevie Wonder singing in Spanish. Eclectic!

Enjoy the mix and if you’re one of the lovely, kind hearted people running the Fringe festival please get in touch via Twitter (@MikeOverthrow) or email mike at threereasons dotco dot uk (not the safest anti-spam email system!).

Listen to the mix here and full tracklist below.

30 minute Cheltenham Jazz Festival mix by Coveritupsounds on Mixcloud


1 – All night long – Aaron Tesser & The New Jazz Affair

2 – No Diggity – Hackney Colliery Band

3 – Papa’s got a brand new bag – Georgie Fame

4 – Moondance – Grady Tate

5 – Strings of Life – Christian Prommers

6 – Wilhelm Scream – The Bamboos

7 – Lithium – Little Roy

8 – Por Primera Vez (For Once in My Life) – Stevie Wonder

9 – I’m Your Sunny One (He’s my sunny boy) – Jackson 5

10 – Brown Eyed Girl – Steel Drum Island


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Let it be…

Todays cover version is a great reggae cover version of The Beatles Let it Be by The Soulettes.

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Cover version of the day: Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing

A version of Marvin Gaye’s classic covered by a brass band – jazz-funk style! I’ll leave you to add your own horn related pun.

Hot 8 Brass Band are a New Orleans based band signed to Tru Thoughts. They’ve also done a great version of Snoop Dogg’s ‘What’s my name’.

Check out their Myspace for more track samples

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Cover of the day: Me & You – Brown Paper Bag

Me & You

Me & You – Brown Paper Bag

A track from a great covers album, Tru Thoughts covers, released a couple of years ago. I don’t know too much about Me & You but they don’t seem to have released too much else since.

This is a jazzy take on Roni Size’s drum and bass classic from his & Reprezent’s Mercury Prize winning New Forms album. Enjoy…

And the original…

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Cover of the day: Easy Star Allstars – Karma Police

Easy Star Allstars

Easy Star Allstars – Kings of the dub related pun

Right. Today marks day one of my ill thought out mission to post regular cover versions until: a) I run out of covers (unlikely) or b) I forget (likely).

To kick it all off, I’ve opted for Easy Star Allstars version of Karma Police taken from their classic Radiodread album (can you see what they’ve done there?).

The band is actually quite a loose collective of New York based reggae musicians formed in 1996. I saw them live at the Big Chill a couple of weeks ago and they were one of my festival highlights – playing tunes from their Beatles cover album Lonely Hearts Dub Band as well as this beauty:

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Covers mix from Ecclesiastical does Good for Nothing…

Ecclesiastical does Good for NothingLast weekend I was fortunate enough to be involved in the Ecclesiastical does Good for Nothing event at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The collaborative working for good event saw staff from Ecclesiastical Insurance working alongside the team from Good for Nothing and a select bunch of skilled creatives to make stuff that matters for three Gloucestershire charities.

Ready, steady, do!

Working to a 48 hour deadline each team worked flat out to create useful, practical materials that the charities could actually use. From sponsorship pitching presentations and videos to complete websites, Tumblr blogs, forums and brand refreshes – an astounding amount of work was completed.

There was plenty of good food and music to keep the troops energised in the fantastic surroundings of the racecourse. This included an hour long covers set from me. The mix can now be downloaded here:  Ecclesiastical GFN covers mix

Partly chilled, partly ridiculous

I played over lunch on the final day. With just three hours to go ’til deadline chilled tunes to calm the tension were the order of the day.

A handful of laidback reggae covers for starters (including Prince Fatty’s cover of ‘Insane in the Brain’); followed by a meaty main of uplifting soul, European versions of Motown classics and some bootleg remixes (check out A Skillz remix of ‘California Soul’) …and a bit of  drum and bass for good measure.

I ended with some indigestion building crazy covers including the Wurzels take on ‘Golden Brown’ (surprisingly good!) and a Finnish cover of ‘Hit the Road Jack’ (which I’d previously thought was Swedish, thanks Katri!).

If you were at the event thank you for helping to make it such a great success.

If you weren’t, be sure to check out the good work of the three charities we supported: Young Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Young Carers and Cotswold Care.

Grab yourself a strong cuppa (you’ll need it for the Rawhide cover) and have a listen to the mix here:

Download link: Ecclesiastical GFN covers mix

Or stream via Mixcloud:

Full tracklisting:

1 – You Make me so very Happy – Alton Ellis

2 – Make me Yours – Phylis Dillon

3 – The way nature planned it – Ken Boothe

4 – Delilah – Horace Andy

5 – Karma Police – Easy Star Allstars

6 – Insane in the brain – Prince Fatty

7 – Brown paper bag – Me & You

8 – (Your love) Higher and higher – Otis Redding

9 – Good Life – Brass Roots

10 – Got to get you into my life – Carmen Mcrae

11 – My Cherie Amor – Stevie Wonder

12 – Wie Schon Das ist (How sweet it is) – Marvin Gaye

13 – Hard to Handle – Tom Jones

14 – Papa’s got a brand new bag – Georgie Fame

15 – California Soul (A Skillz mix) – Marlena Shaw

16 – Peg Leg – Livingstone

17 – Sunny (Featurecast mix) – James Brown

18 – Gold Digger (High Contrast mix) – Kanye West

19 – I believe in Miracles – Mark Capanni

20 – Rawhide – Capital Children’s Choir

21 – Jeg er bar so ga lo (U can’t touch this) – Trussetyn

22 – Golden Brown – Wurzels

23 – Monkey Man – Amy Winehouse

24 – Take me home country roads – Toots & Maytals

25 – Painu Pais Jack (Hit the road jack) – Four Cats

Enjoy! Ecclesiastical GFN covers mix


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Latest show now on Mixcloud

BrassrootsThe latest mix of covers, funk, soul and reggae is now available for your listening pleasure on Mixcloud – listen here.

As the last couple of funky covers mixes have been pretty laid back affairs I’ve kicked this week’s off with a an absolute banger.

If you’ve never heard of Brassroots you’re in for a treat. A brass band in the mould of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble they’ve knocked out great versions of cover version staples including Karma Police and Seven Nation Army. Their version of Good Life starts off as a toe tapper but soon builds up pace.

From brass we go reggae with a couple of classics including Eek-a-Mouse’s ‘Wa Do Dem’ a great cover of The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’ and one of the strangest reggae covers in my collection – Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ covered by friend of Massive Attack Horace Andy!

Horace is playing this year’s Big Chill – I hope to see him there as he was due to play a few year’s back but didn’t. Crack may or may not have been involved!

We’ve then got a reggae/dub version of Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness’, a handful of funky mash-ups including a funky Adele remix. And even some House of Pain, Kriss Kross and Public Enemy samples for good measure.

To end, a couple of chilled out tracks from the new Good Times album from Notting Hill Carnival Stalwart Norman Jay MBE. Norman has announced this week that his famed bus won’t be parking itself in Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend for the first time in 30 years. Help support him in funding next year by buying the album here. 

So many great tracks on the album but I’ve opted for one that reminds me of my childhood. ‘Ghetto Disco’ brings back memories of my teenage years, growing up in the deepest darkest hood in a small leafy rural village called Sandhurst  in Gloucestershire. That school disco was rough.

Full tracklisting can be found at Mixcloud. Listen to the show here.

Next mix will be out in a fortnight with a distinctly summery feel.

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