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Jessie Ware – Love Thy Will Be Done
I did a double take when I first came across this one, but it’s true – this is indeed a cover of the 1991 hit by Martika, and a very good one at that. Ms. Ware does enough to make it sound modern and then steps back and remains faithful to the original. Very well done. Bring on the nostalgia of the early 90s!


 
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
This beautiful classical music piece has been turning up in short films/movie trailers a fair bit recently so I thought I’d link to it. The latest appearance is in the teaser trailer for the new George Clooney-starrer Gravity.
Watch the trailer for a snippet here:


Listen to the full piece here:

 
Zac Brown Band – Jump Right In
When people realise you’re going to play them a country song and immediately protest with “I don’t like country music”, I have to wonder when the last time was that they listened to any. The landscape of the genre has changed so much over the years, you can go a long long time without stumbling upon any of the traditional elements that might have annoyed you. An excellent example of this is the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band. I bought their album ‘Uncaged’ from iTunes India because the musicianship was just so good. The sound is warm, clear and big and deftly brings together Southern rock, pop, and even a hint of reggae. As the saying goes, “This is not your grandpa’s country music.”

Jump Right In, off their latest album, is a great example of what they do. Co-written with indie darling Jason Mraz, this one really sparkles. I couldn’t find an official video, but here’s a link to the song. Even if you’re skeptical when it starts, wait until the chorus.

 
John Waite and Alison Krauss – Missing You
I don’t know what it is like in other parts of the world but restaurants/bars in Mumbai will think nothing of playing songs from the 80s and 90s as if they were current and brand new hits. They’re not being ironic, they’re just saying good songs don’t get old. So I found myself listening to this 1984 hit four times in two weeks as I had a meal at a popular restaurant. I have to say, I will probably get called out for being cheesy but I can’t help it – I really like this song. I found a more contemporary version of it (from 2007) – this time as a duet with Alison Krauss, who sounds beautiful as always.

 
Tycho and Thievery Corporation
Artist/musician Scott Hansen aka Tycho and downtempo kings Thievery Corporation collaborate on a 4-song EP that we’re excited about. The idea is simple – one Tycho song, one Thievery Corporation song, one remix of each by the other. Check out the whole EP here: