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L.I.N. – Up All Night For Good Fun

June 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Have you caught up with the current obsession? There’s no way you could have slipped by it. If your friends aren’t still humming it, you must have heard it on the radio, in a club, bar, restaurant or anywhere really. I went to Macau two weeks ago. Visited club Cubic for the first time and even there I didn’t get to catch a break. Eventually, a huge robot showed up on stage at some point. I guess I got lucky?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r3BOZ6QQtU

The number of remixes, mashups and covers are immense, but my favourite interpretation of the catchy Daft Punk summer tune is by French video-blogger and musician PV Nova (link above). In just 3 minutes he remasters the song through 10 decades, from 1920 to 2020. On his blog he wrote:

‘So I decided to amuse myself by making a panoroma of different musical styles starting from 1920, in an ultra-sythesized matter. We could therefore jump from jazz to blues, from blues to swing, swing to rock, then folk, funk and new wave, dance, pop, dubstep and even freestep, a genre that doesn’t exist as of yet and that I present to you first hand – because I’m communicating with oracles, yes, yes.’

Random Access Memories has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. Either you love it or you don’t. Personally I found it pretty well put together. I kind of see it as a tribute album to an era that was at the time in search for the sound of the future. A tribute album to the pioneers and legends of that era that inspired Daft Punk to push their boundaries. So PV Nova’s interpretation seems very fitting.

Below, I’ve gathered up some more genre-defining covers that I’ve come to appreciate a lot.

Daughter – England: Daughter is an indie folk band formed from a solo project turned trio. With lead vocalist Elena Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella, they released their debut album If You Leave March of this year. Below is a beautiful yet haunting minimalistic cover of Get Lucky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Cp55MvX54

George Barnett – England: Drummer for the band The New Puritans, George Barnett has proved himself as a young strong talent. The New Puritans currently have two albums. The second one, Hidden, has been named ‘Album of the Year 2010′ by NME Magazine. Barnett is no short of energy in this cover of Get Lucky. I’d suggest also checking out his cover of Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6NDY8FSr9M

Kenny Serane – France: French guitarist Kenny Serane does a nice multi-layered cover of Daft Punk’s hit. Born in Montpellier, he’s been playing the guitar since the age of 14 and has composed for and recorded with many artists.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5hueXYhrnI

The Stepkids – USA: The Stepkids are a psychedelic soul band composed of Tim Walsh, Jeff Gitelman and Dan Edinberg. They released their debut album The Stepkids. Magic in 2011. Their second album, Troubadour, is due to be released September 2013. Here’s a jazz-ified cover for you all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C77Kah07y7M

Postmen – Netherlands: Although founded in 1993, this reggae hip hop collective broke up in 2005 only to be revitalised in 2006 with new members. Since the original line-up, the band has released 3 albums: Documents (1998), Revival (2001) and Era (2003). Here they are, with the very pregnant lead-singer Alyssa Wooter, covering a reggae version of Get Lucky on the Dutch radio show 3FM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq2C9Ynb4o8

Newton Faulkner and Sam Brookes – England: A singer-songwriter known for his percussive style of playing the guitar, Faulkner’s debut album, Hand Built by Robots, was released in 2007. He began playing the guitar at the age of 13, later to end up at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. He’s supported artists such as John Mayer, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison and the John Butler Trio. Since June 11th, he’s been streaming the recording process of his 4th album, fittingly named Studio Zoo, live on the internet. The streaming will go on for 5 weeks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36sOvS3M_1M

Also:

For the next L.I.N. special, I want you guys to tell me what your all time favorite summer tune or album is. For me, the summer of 2012 couldn’t have gone by without Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. And this summer, I feel like I’ll be listening a lot of Daft Punk.

How to submit:
1. In an email write down: the song/album name, artist name and where the artist is from,
2. In 2 or 3 sentences, explain why this is your go-to summer jam.
3. Send an email to linnsc@hku.hk with Sommersault as the subject.
4. Don’t forget to write your full name and your year of study.

Deadline: Friday June 28th.




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