Paranoid Android by Sia originally by Radiohead (via Punkreas.org)
I really love how this cover is stripped-down. The cello and piano instrumentation paired with Sia’s voice gives the song a different kind of haunting quality, especially when the choir comes in toward the back-end. Radiohead covers may be easy to come by, but they’re difficult to execute well—however, Sia and company do a great job. —NJ
Kids by B.o.B originally by MGMT (from BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge)
Okay, I’ve been on a personal MGMT cover moratorium since the beginning of this year—it is very similar to the self-imposed Jay-Z mash-up moratorium. Anyway, I saw this cover on feats-of-strength and was genuinely interested, not knowing what to expect. Let’s just say that the cover is good enough for me to temporarily break my self-imposed MGMT cover song moratorium. —NJ
Timbaland, lately, has had a hard time maintaining a palpable sound. In fact, for the most part, he’s become gratingly predictable…however, leave it to Chew Fu to punch up one of Timbaland’s better and more recent efforts by turning it into a solid banger. MSG is bad for you and makes you sleepy, and Chew Fu definitely removed the slumber-inducing additives from the song. —NJ
Nothin’ On You remixed by Villains ft. Bei Maejor originally by B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars (posted by Nathaniel James)
Los Angeles duo, Villains, recently served up a remix of B.o.B’s hip-hop/pop crossover hit “Nothin’ On You,” and it breathed new life into a single that has been making its rounds on the radio for the past couple months. The remix definitely adds a little bit of punch to the song while throwing in some electro-hip-hop sensibilities to the mix. You can hop over to their blog to download the joint. —NJ
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This isn’t the first time that Ginuwine’s most recognizable single has gotten the cover treatment, however, LA band Spirit Animal opts for lusher textures instead of heavily distorted guitars. The result is a version of the song that seems a bit more suitable for the bedroom rather than the strip club. —NJ
Regarding the track, Snow & Voices’ Lauri Kranz says “I have always loved Mark Kozelek’s [of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon] music. He is a beautiful songwriter. I had wanted to cover a song of his for some time. When we were recording the album, it just felt right that it should be ‘Mistress’. I thought that using a female vocal on that particular song would be really interesting”.