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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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Finally, the Big Chill covers mix is up!

Big Chill festival 2009

Big Chill festival 2009

A week (and several technical hitches) later than planned the Big Chill mix is now up and ready to be downloaded for your listening pleasure via the link below. 19 tracks in a 60-minute eclectic mix of cover versions.

As promised the tracks are (very) loosely grouped around a Big Chill festival theme.  I’ve quickly explained the reasons for each tracks inclusion below. The next mix will be up Sunday 27th Sept am and by then I hope to resolve the mixer/microphone issues that have made this weeks sans my random commentary.

Enjoy…

Cover it up soundsystem – Big Chill 2009 mix mp3

(right click on link above and select save as to download directly)


1 – Don’t look back in Anger – Carleen Anderson

Norman Jay opened his Sunday afternoon Big Chill set with this Oasis cover version and it sounded great (see previous post for the youtube video).

I heard a couple of cricket savvy DJs drop this one over the weekend…

2 – Soul limbo – Byron Lee & the Dragonaires

Alice Russell performed on the Castle stage on Saturday night and her set included a cover version of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley. I was going to include that but then remembered this great cover version of The White Stripes classic…

3 – Seven nation army – Alice Russell (ft Nostalgia 77)
Which leads nicely in to this cover of scary-faced welsh diva Duffy’s hit…
4 – Mercy – The Third degree
… which was played by Greg Wilson and Craig Charles amongst others

One of my festival highlights this year was seeing reggae legend Max Romeo on Sunday afternoon. For many he is most famous for this track which was heavily sampled by the Prodigy for ‘Outta space’…

5 – Chase the devil – Max Romeo
…but ‘War inna Babylon’ isn’t too shoddy either!

Talking of Craig Charles, his Saturday afternoon Funk and Soul set was packed full of cover versions including this…

6 – Sympathy for the devil – Sandie Shaw

Basement Jaxx’s Friday headline set seems to have got mixed reviews on the forums but I really enjoyed it. Friday night headliners should, to quote Pink, get the party started. That’s what they did and I’m fairly sure they played this Romeo vs the clash mash-up…
7 – Magnificent Romeo – Basement Jaxx
…They also played a great remix of Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon but I think it was their own version as I can’t find it anywhere. So this will have to do…
8 – Sex on Fire (Richard Sharkey mix) – Kings of Leon

I only caught a bit of Orbital, saturday’s main stage headliners, but this went down well…
9 – Dr Who – Orbital
So, after mixing a few tracks with a strong Big Chill connection I got distracted and a little self-indulgent! Which means I have to some how link this three track musical interlude back to the Big Chill. Ok, here goes…

Random link no.1 – The weather at the festival was really good all weekend which meant plenty of summery themed tracks being played so, ahem… cue a mini-summer-themed-reggae-cover-mix

A couple of years ago, Horace Andy was due to play at the Big Chill’s saturday afternoon main stage reggae-fest. He didn’t show, he missed the sunshine…

10 – Ain’t no sunshine – Horace Andy


Random link no.2 –
But wait, the weather was good. Bring back the sun. Please…
11 – Here comes the sun – Dawn Penn
..no, no, no thank you Dawn.

Random link no.3 – I give up

12 – In the summertime – Winston Groovy (aka Billy Jack)

Right, back to the festival…

I caught a bit of this Baile Funk mayhem in the Coop tent…

13 – Berimbau – DJ Sandrinho
Random link no.4 – I missed Keb Darge’s sunday night set in Sailor Jerry’s rum bar. Damn, he might have played this cover version which was on a recent compilation he had out…
14 – Fever – Carlos & the Banditos
Obviously there were loads of Michael Jackson tracks, tributes and cover versions being played around the festival…
15 – Billie Jean – Sly & Robbie
Once again though, it was Norman Jay who played my favourite MJ track of the weekend…
16 – We’re almost there – Michael Jackson
My top cover of the Big Chill 2009 though (drum roll please) was this…
17 – Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Prince Fatty
…as played by a couple of djs in the reggae bar.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’d never heard this before so when I Spotified it I also came across this, possibly even better cover version of the Wu Tang classic..

18 – Shimmy Shimmy Ya – El Michels Affair
…but which ones best – there’s only one way to find out…FIGHT!

Picking the final tune was easy. Two years ago I was lucky enough to see Isaac Hayes at the Big Chill. His back catalogue includes several great cover versions including this…

19 – Never can say goodbye – Isaac Hayes

And that’s all folks. I hope you enjoy the mix and come back next Sunday for the next one. I’ll tweet details of the main theme and previews of the track list over the next few days.

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Opening track for the big chill mix…

Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson

This was an easy pick – Carleen Anderson’s version of Oasis’s Don’t look back in anger.

Norman Jay opened his Big Chill set with it and if it’s good enough for him… and with Oasis’s latest bust-up this week it seemed a perfect opening track.

To set the scene, for those that weren’t there when Norman played it, the sun was shining, the main stage was heaving and it sounded fantastic on the sound system.

Carleen Anderson, the step-daughter of Bobby Byrd, is most well known as being the lead singer of the Young Disciples but this is a powerful, emotion filled version of the Oasis classic.

The mix will be posted next Sunday am.  I’ll post a couple more previews before then.

Buy the MP3 here – Don’t Look Back In Anger (Live)

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Big Chill festival covers special…

Coming soon... Big Chill Festival covers mix

Coming soon... Big Chill 2009 cover versions mix

The first of the regular cover version mixes after the summer break will be themed around The Big Chill festival.

It was a bit of a different festival experience for me this year as we took our 1 year old daughter along but it was as enjoyable as ever.  My highlights included Max Romeo’s memorable sunday afternoon set, Dennis Bovell’s Dub Band, Amadou and Mariam, Alice Russell and Craig Charles’ saturday lunchtime DJ set.

Norman Jay’s sunday lunchtime set (and yes, the sun was shining)  started with a great cover version I hope to include in the mix.  Basement Jaxx had mixed reviews from elsewhere but I thought they were great.  Full of energy and perfect for the Friday night headliner slot to set the tone for the weekend.

I’ll post the 60-minute mix next sunday morning (fortnightly sundays as usual) but by way of a sneak preview expect a few cover versions played at the festival as well as a couple from previous years.  I’ll post previews of tracks featured over the next couple of days.

In the mean time, add your comments below to suggest any covers you heard during the festival season.

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