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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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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: 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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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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Cover version of the day: American boy goes Jamaican (via France)

Jamaican Boy

le reggae français - ce que la baise?

I don’t know too much about this one but it seems to be a real hybrid multi-cultural affair of a reggae cover version.

Bost & Bim, two French dancehall producers, worked with a French singer – Brisa Roche – and the original studio 1 DJ Lone Ranger (Jamaican) to cover Estelle (British) & Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’.

Apparently it was played in Berlin when Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Athletics World Championship’s last year. It sounds authentically late 70’s Jamaican in style. So much so that when I first heard it I thought it must be the original and Kanye had ripped it off!


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Cover version of the day: Gang Starr – Check the technique

Gang Starr

Gang Starr

More of a sample than a cover to be honest but a classic slice of hip hop all the same.  Gang Starr consisted of the late Guru and DJ Premier. They fused jazz with hip hop and sampled loads of fantastic soul tracks.

This one obviously rips off Marlena Shaw’s ‘California Soul’. A track which has gone more mainstream over the last few years due to use in various ads and by played by leading DJs including David Holmes. It was also sampled by DJ Shadow on “Midnight in a perfect World” on the “Endtroducing” album.

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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.


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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