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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 It Up! Sound System radio show 13/6/11 now live

Coveritupshow 2The second episode of the Cover it up! Sound System’s radio show is now live on Mixcloud. Listen to it here. 

This week’s show kicks off with some laid back reggae covers, passionate northern soul and Duran Duran covered by an African Funk band – what’s not to like!

We’ve dropped the voiceover from this episode and will continue to do so in future shows – so you can listen to the mix uninterrupted by our west country tones.

Full tracklist below:

1 - Alton Ellis - You've Made Me So Very Happy
2 - The Creations - A Dream
3 - Jimmy Hughes - Lock Me Up
4 - Toots & The Maytals - Take Me Home Country RoadBuy
5 - Kokolo - Girls On Film
6 - Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
7 - Letta Mbulu - What’S Wrong With Groovin’
8 - Frankie Paul -I Know The Score
9 - Easy Star All Stars - Karma Police
10 - Unknown - Mary Jane
11 - New Birth - Honeybee
12 - Gang Starr - Check The Technique
13 - Boy Meets World - Hey Young World
14 - No1 De No1 - Guajiri Van
15 - James Brown - Sunny [Regrooved By Featurecast]

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Cover of the day: Jackson Sisters – Why do fools fall in love

Jackson Sisters

The Jackson Sisters - Made Mojo's top 10 list of colour blind all-female groups

I rediscovered this chunk of catchy soulful-disco whilst digging through a neglected box of vinyl in my garage over the weekend and it’s been stuck in my head since!

This was originally recorded by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers in 1956 (Frankie was a teenager himself when recorded so not as dodgy as it sounds ).  Amazingly the original only reached no.6 in the billboard charts at the time but remains a wedding dj favourite (usually played after the happy couple have fucked him/her off by asking for anything by Robbie Williams).

Frankie died of a heroin overdose aged just 25 but not before establishing a template for success followed by future child prodigies Stevie Wonder, Mickey Jackson and S-Club Juniors.

Testicle-twisting versions

There are quite a few dodgy cover versions of the track kicking around, including a bollock-wrenching rendition from the Beach boys and a passable 80’s-buddy-movie-soundtrack-esque version by Supremes hard man Diana Ross.

And if you thought his version of ‘Sweets for my sweet’ warranted a nasty case of diabetes you should listen to C.J Lewis’s slaughtering of this track on Spotify.

The Jackson Sisters version was released on their first and only (I think?) self-titled album.  They’re most well known for the rare-groove classic ‘I Believe in Miracles’ but they inject some  disco in to this great cover version.  My vinyl version has a lovely crackle – courtesy of years of abuse at my hands – that really adds to the track, for me.  Unfortunately I haven’t recorded my version to mp3 yet so you’ll have to make do with this version courtesy of youtube:

No she-males

The sisters were not the female sisters of the Jackson 5  (Janet, Rebbie) and didn’t include Jackson she-male LaToya.  They were: Jacqueline Jackson-Rencher, Lyn Jackson, Pat Jackson, Rae Jackson and Gennie Jackson who recorded on Tiger Lily Records (same label as Richard Pryor).

I’m fairly sure this Jackson Sisters version  appears  as a sample on The Avalanches fantastic first album, but I may be wrong.

P.S – I realise I haven’t updated this blog for ages but hope to add a few more posts this week and next as I’ve dug out some classic covers.  If I get my act together there might even be a mix to upload!

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The greatest Beatles cover version ever…

With the re-release of The Beatles back catalogue and Beatles Rock Band there have been loads of articles on the best Beatles track and best cover versions over the last month.  So, I thought it was about time I nominated my favourite Beatles cover version.  Here it is:

Esther Phillips – And I Love Him

Post a comment below to vote for your favourite.  But, be warned, if you vote for this you’re not welcome here:

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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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Cover version of the day…

Stuck on a train for four hours today.  At least it gave me chance to scan through some old tracks I’d added to my ipod.  I was going to opt for this version of  ‘Stop that train’ for cover of the day…


… but instead I’ve gone for this  great cover version of The Four Tops classic ‘That’s the way nature planned it’  by Ken Boothe.  Great lyrics for a sunny day travelling through the countryside…


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Battle of the shimmy shimmies…

Prince Fatty - Shimmy shimmy ya!

Prince Fatty - Shimmy shimmy ya!

Spotify and Shazam – I am not worthy!

I heard a great cover of ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’  (originally by the Wu Tang Clan) being played a couple of times by DJs at the Big Chill.  At the time I Shazam-ed it and found out it was by Prince Fatty on Mr Bongo records. 

Being lazy, when I got home I searched Spotify for ‘Shimmy’ and as well as finding his heavy reggae cover (read my reggae cover club post for details of my obsession with these mofos…) I came across the El Michel Affair’s version sung by – as far as I can make out – a kid’s choir (lil’ dirty bastards, if you will).

Needless to say these two babies will be in the Big Chill Mix I’ll be posting on Sunday.  If you’re too impatient to wait here are some ‘videos’ courtesy of youtube:

Prince Fatty:

El Michels Affair:

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