Posted by jeffwbaird on April 24, 2015
I’ve been really impressed by the way CJ Holland has kept this cover series fresh and compelling. This week he covers another song on the rise, Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance”—a record truly emblematic of pop radio today with its dense, up-tempo, formulaic production and heavily-processed sound. CJ, joined by frequent collaborator One Love, has given it new life before listeners even knew it was necessary. CJ’s vocal here is as smooth as it has been anywhere, and paired alongside the vocals of Nick Petricca it’s even more clear that CJ has a great texture to his voice and overall style.
One Love again provides the perfect supplement, never commanding the attention, but always helping the vocalist thrive. He’s a master of different styles, and has been able to create interpolations of big beats that are equally catchy, but have a new flair about them. His riff on the original here has a subtle melodicism to it fueled by synth pads, but it never sounds over-produced or solely slated for club speakers. He’s stripped away just enough layers to find a vibe for the song that is equally fitting, if not even more so.
Posted by jeffwbaird on April 2, 2015
CJ Holland is back with his latest cover, this time adding some soulful flavor to his acoustic cover of Nick Jonas’ hit “Chains.” As he’s continued to amass a steady following and work towards his debut album, we sat down with him to learn more about his work and what we can expect next.
Catch the interview after the jump!
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Posted by VMan on April 1, 2015
In a world, where remixes are starting to become everything, New Zealand native Xavier Dunn is making a name for himself with the covers, and is quickly becoming the go to cover artist for all likes of hip hop bangers, and after stirring the blogosphere up with his cover of Asap Rocky’s “Fucking Problems,” he’s back with a soothing acoustic cover of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type” and it’s super chill, and has the ultimate feels, you’d think this “playey anthem” was a love song. This is a must listen and show some love by giving it a heart on Hypem!
Posted by BIGLIFE on March 24, 2015
This is Leah Haxhi’s take on the new LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” record that is sure to be picking up a lot of steam over the next few months. Leah keeps the piano riff and gospel vibe, while adding in her own live violin throughout the track as well as replacing the trumpet solo with an upbeat violin solo. This track shows a different side of Leah’s vocal style with soulful upbeat sounds. Follow Leah on Soundcloud at LahLahLandMusic to hear more covers, remixes and original sounds as she works on her upcoming album.
Posted by jeffwbaird on March 19, 2015
CJ Holland is back with his latest cover as part of his new #CJWEEKLY series, and it’s the most fully articulated display of his sound and aesthetic that we’ve gotten thus far, for sure. While the cover game isn’t kind to many, and has lost some of its charm as a whole due to congestion in the form, CJ has found a way to extend his releases beyond karaoke; his influences and style here are clearly in effect, and One Love’s original production, too, adds a new flavor to the track is a definite help to his cause.
Derulo’s “Want To Want Me” was last week’s most added song to radio, so here’s where song choice comes into effect. His last cover was of “Tuesday,” a song that really was on its way out of radio, so while his unique approach to it still made it compelling, it wasn’t able to capitalize on the song’s catchiness since the melody’s interest had all but faded. Here, though, CJ makes his mark on a song that he knew was bound to be successful, and yet hasn’t already been engrained in its listeners in a particular way. Cover artists take notice.
Posted by jeffwbaird on March 1, 2015
CJ Holland, a 21-year-old with a voice like silk and a classy style, is a name to know if you pride yourself on staying ahead of the blog curve. He’s clearly developed himself in the vein of pop darlings like JT and Bruno, and has been working on his debut album with the likes of Pharrell, Ne-Yo, and even Quincy Jones.
Recently, he’s performed a series of covers (“Uptown Funk, “I’m Not the Only One,” and “Thinking Out Loud”) that have continued to impress and showcase his range. This week he’s added a bit more of an inventive touch to his cover of “Tuesday,” as producer One Love (of Kinetics & One Love fame, primarily) provides an immersive, trap-infused interpolation of the beat, and CJ rewrites the verses, making them successfully his own while still retaining the original’s staccato flow and melodic touch.
Posted by Grubeats on December 11, 2014
Once in a while your favorite rapper might make a superhero reference to say, Batman or Spiderman. It’s rare that you’ll hear an artist drop the entire Marvel cast and then some on one track. But then again, Timeflies typically defy the odds and stray away from the norm. Once again Cal and Rez strapped on their capes and went to town on the chart topping Alesso & Tove Lo smash, “Heroes”.