- 07 Jul 23
Folk god’s classics reinterpreted
The idea is simple: get 32 modern musicians across a variety of genres to cover Drake’s finest songs. Highlights come think and fast, including the dreamy electropop genius of Let’s Eat Grandma’s version of ‘For The Morning’; Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora’s glacial ‘Pink Moon’; and Camille’s ‘Hazey Jane II’, the Nouvelle Vague singer delivering a gossamer take on the song.
On paper, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Staves are unlikely bedfellows, but their version of ‘Road’ works really well, as traditional folk and experimental indie combine to telling effect. PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish teams up with New Zealand indie songstress Aldous Harding for a quietly insistent ‘Three Hours’, while Craig Armstrong and Self Esteem join forces for a haunting ‘Black Eyed Dog’.
Radiohead’s Phil Selway’s ‘Fly’ is beautiful and unsettling in equal measure, while John Grant turns ‘Day Is Done’ into a synth odyssey. Pick of the bunch, though, is Fontaines D.C.’s mesmerising take on ‘'Cello Song’, the Dublin guitarniks maintaining the hazy spirit of the original but making it their own, with a wall of cascading guitars.
Respectful without being overawed of its subject, this is a wonderful collection.