SOMO — DON’T JUDGE ME / PONY

Somo’s been releasing a these smoking covers every week, and so it was hard to pick one to highlight. I have to confess that Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Judge Me’ is like a huge guilty pleasure of mine, and hearing Somo’s silky smooth vocals on this track made me weak in the knees. And then I saw that he did Ginuwine’s ‘Pony,’ a throwback classic. A couple R&B covers are exactly what we all need to survive the harsh winter climate. Enjoy.

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ELLIE GOULDING — SOME NIGHTS (FUN. COVER)

BBC  Radio 1 always has great covers by amazing artists. Recently, the majesty of indie pop herself, Ellie Goulding, delivered a a cover of Fun.’s contagious ‘Some Nights’ and breathed some gospel power pop soul into it! Those backup vocals, her natural raspy voice, the band — every element is absolutely key in the success of this cover. Good job, Ellie. Keep rocking our socks off.

TRAILS AND WAYS — SURE THING (MIGUEL COVER)

I was originally gonna post Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ (it’s been playing a lot on a local radio station) but I found this new gem: a cover of the sexy classic ‘Sure Thing’ by an Oakland based band Trails and Ways. Keeping some of the basic elements of Miguel’s classic, the group adds what they call a “bossa nova dream pop” spin. The album art  of the free EP fits perfectly with the sound of the three covers: a cool night with streams of cars lighting up the road. Take a listen, download the EP, pour yourself a martini.