The second instalment of the Tru Thoughts Covers compilation series brings together some of the intriguing cover versions that have been released and loved as album tracks, singles or one-offs on the label.
As well as contributions from familiar Tru Thoughts artists there are some previously unreleased tunes that have been sought out and signed specifically for this compilation, with La Grima’s dub style rework of Nirvana, Fingathing taking Donna Summer down a disco jazz tip, and Nizzle Hizzle transforming War’s “The World Is A Ghetto”.
Opening in a deep, downtempo direction, the album kicks off with Quantic and Alice Russell exploring a gospel sound on the hugely popular “I’ll Keep My Light In My Window”, taken from their acclaimed ‘Look Around The Corner’ collaborative LP. The Bamboos take James Blake to a soul basement, with Megan Washington on vocals; Zed Bias tackles a Soul II Soul classic whilst Kinny and Harleighblu bring their own unique and illuminating versions of The Cure and Eurythmics, respectively.
Ramping up the raucous factor, The Hot 8 Brass Band give a new meaning to The Specials’ iconic “Ghost Town” by transposing it onto a post-Katrina New Orleans, and Quantic gives a Cumbia rendition of a Dr Dre classic, while Youngblood Brass Band rock up with a club and festival favourite in the shape of their punchy instrumental brass takeover of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”.
A great cover version has the power to surprise, amuse, blur genre boundaries, cause debate or simply get people dancing to something they never knew they loved. All these tracks have proved popular amongst a diverse range of fans, DJs and radio shows across the world, and it is quite something to hear them all together. The albums comes out on CD, alongside a special blue vinyl version.
01. Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Bárbaro – I’ll Keep My Light In My Window
02. Natural Self – The Valleys feat. Tanya Auclair & Milly Blue
03. The Bamboos – The Wilhelm Scream feat. Megan Washington
04. Alice Russell – I’m The Man, That Will Find You
05. La Grima – Lithium
06. Belleruche – Mirror In The Bathroom
07. Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo – Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thing (Dre En Cumbia)
08. Harleighblu – Who’s That Girl?
09. Hot 8 Brass Band – Ghost Town
10. Mark de Clive-Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – Caravan
11. Fingathing – I Feel Love feat. Jesca Hoop
12. Zed Bias – Fairplay feat. Jenna G
13. Nizzle Hizzle – The World Is A Ghetto
14. Saravah Soul – Fire
15. Youngblood Brass Band – Ain’t Nobody
16. Kinny – The Love Cats
17. Quantic & Anita Tijoux- Doo Wop (That Thing)
The compilation Various “Tru Thoughts Covers 2” (Tru Thoughts) is going to be released August 7, 2015.