Our fledgling feature Covering Tracks returns, its stated mission to bring you fascinating covers from the far flung reaches of the Web, or right here in our own backyard. A fine example of the kind of homegrown content we'd like to cultivate is the ongoing cover series from Australia's Triple J radio, Like A Version.
Brooklyn's Chairlift made the most recent visit to the Triple J studios, while on a tour stop in support of their terrific new album, Something. Caroline Polachek, Patrick Wimberly and company -- with special guest Kool A.D. of Das Racist -- paid homage to our greatest living diva, Beyoncé (R.I.P., Whitney).
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Their cover of "Party" begins with a false intro of "Niggas In Paris" before busting into a soulful slow jam. Polachek effortlessly nails the Beyoncé vocal, effectively dripping "swagu." Watch as Kool A.D., playing the André 3000 role, almost comes in a verse too early, then drops some fresh rhymes he scrawled in his spiral during history class:
Now that's some contemporary, cross-genre cover magic. Download the track here. Perhaps they'll do the cover when they swing into Dada on Monday, April 16.
Stay tuned: In the weeks ahead we'll be bringing you brand new, exclusive covers from some of our favorite local acts. And, as always, willing volunteers and swag sauce suggestions are welcome.