Cover, Pop | Leah Haxhi Drops Video for LunchMoney Lewis Bills Cover with Live Violin

Posted by on May 5, 2015

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Leah Haxhi, an up-and-coming singer songwriter out of NYC, dropped a video today to go along with her LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” Cover that was posted here on FNT a few weeks ago. She kept the piano generally the same as the original song to stay with the bright, gospel feel of the tune, but replaced the trumpet solo in the original with a live violin. The video is a fun, amateur, home grown project featuring her younger cousin as her “mini-me” to juxtapose the freedom of childhood with the responsibility of being an adult and having “bills” to pay. This shows a quirky, childlike side to Leah that is different from her usual serious, sultry tone. She is brewing up a lot of original music so be sure to follow her social media at LahLahLandMusic on Twitter, IG, and Facebook to get the latest on releases.

Chill, Cover, Pop | Ricky Smith – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul? (Gnarls Barkley Cover)

Posted by on April 29, 2015

It takes quite a bit for a cover to catch my attention. Ricky Smith has quite a bit. His take on Gnarls Barkley is risky, unique, and intriguing. The production is kept simple, church organs serve their purpose while keeping the focus on Smith. Even the video does not draw away from the central point of this work: Ricky Smith has a powerful voice and is demanding your attention.

While little is known yet about the young artist, this will certainly not be the last you’re hearing from him.

Cover, Pop | CJ Holland Covers Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance”

Posted by 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.


Cover, Interviews | CJ Holland Covers “Chains” & Talks Influences, Debut Album

Posted by 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!

Cover | Rae Sremmurd – No Type (Xavier Dunn Cover)

Posted by on April 1, 2015

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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!

Cover, Pop | Leah Haxhi Drops LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” Cover with Live Violin

Posted by 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.

Cover, Pop | CJ Holland Covers Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me”

Posted by 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.