The Midweek Mix – 16/09/15 – Live Lounge Special

Long gone are the days when I’d listen to Radio 1’s Live Lounge every morning of the school holidays or over revision during study leave, but I have been loving Live Lounge month so, in its honour, here are some of the best LL covers from this year!

Wolf Alice – Steal My Girl (One Direction)

Nobody expected Wolf Alice to cover One Direction, but here they are with maximum echo.

Slaves – Go (The Chemical Brothers)

Slaves are masters of the cover version. They make every song sound like their own. See also: Skepta’s Shut Down Slaves-style.

Chvrches – Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake)

A Noughties classic turns Scottish and synthtastic.

Lucy Rose – Bad Blood (Taylor Swift)

Taylor Swift has been covered a lot in the Live Lounge recently, but this beautiful, simple cover of Bad Blood is my favourite by far. I particularly love the change from ‘band aids’ to ‘plasters’.

Ella Henderson – Hold Back the River (James Bay)

Finally, a cover that is far from inventive, but is brilliant anyway. Ella Henderson is very easy to love — Ghost is the only good song I can remember coming out of The X Factor in recent years — and a great voice plus a great song always equals greatness!

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