Friday, December 12, 2008
Great Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa covers
Easu with Ezra of Vampire Weekend (and his ubiquitous boat shoes!)
This is SO GOOD. Londoner Esau Mwamwaya (from Mali) has teamed up with Johan Karlberg (Sweden) and Etienne Tron (France) of Radioclit to produce a spectacular album that eases Westerners into African music, not least by including covers of artists like the Beatles, Architecture in Helsinki and the Ruby Suns. Pitchfork gave it an 8.6, and you know how THEY are. Here's the most high-profile cover off the record, which just proves that the VW boys are NOT making African music, in case you were mistaken.
Also don't miss Hot Chip covering the same song with Peter Gabriel name-dropping himself on vocals (he changes the lyrics to acknowledge the weirdness). I guess this was inevitable; it's very nice to have. Thing is it's just a very good song from a very good album and you can do a lot of things with it.
MP3 The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend cover from 2008's "The Very Best Mixtape")
If you like this, you can download the whole album for FREE here!