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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 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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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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