A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind. This week: Super Special All Covers Edition!
Florence and the Machine: “Take Care” (Drake cover)
Florence Welch and a string section capably sub for both Drizzy and Rihanna on this lovely redo, recorded at a live session for BBC Radio 1.
deadmau5: “Codex” (Radiohead cover)
Don’t call it a remix: The superstar DJ delivers a stripped-down, sample-free cover that’s entirely his own.
Black Bananas featuring Kurt Vile: “Before They Make Me Run” (Rolling Stones cover)
Jennifer Herrema, late of Royal Trux, enlists Vile for this snarly, gnarly version of the “Some Girls” classic.
Mike Posner featuring Bun B: “Rocket Man” (Elton John cover)
In the better of two rapper-assisted takes on classic rock tracks (there’s also a “Wonderwall” cover, but let’s not talk about it), inveterate coverer Posner turns Elton’s Space Age ballad into a stoner anthem.
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis: “Ballade de Melody Nelson” (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Depp mutters enigmatically (he’s channeling Hunter Thompson, maybe?) while Paradis, his longtime partner and a former teen pop star, coos Gallically on this louche, strange and entirely Gainsbourgian track