Never judge an artist by his haircut
Bastille may be the best band you’ve never heard about. Simply put, they produce incredible cover songs. Nothing is out their wheelhouse as they tackle artists like Seal, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Fleetwood Mac and more with a dark, electro atmosphere and the occasional movie dialogue sample. While some of the source material could be considered kitschy, the moody makeover they’re given comes across as rich, dark and powerful. Even the occasional flavors of dubstep thrown in are surprisingly welcome.
I’d posted about their City High cover back in 2011, a few months before signing to Virgin Records, but had fallen off my radar. While it may have been a one-off for us at the time, a year later they’ve grown a serious following in their native UK and amassed a treasure trove of cover songs on their Other People’s Heartache mixtapes. It should be noted that they do have a small handful of good original tracks to their name, but they are at their best with this approach. If you like the cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” posted here, you owe it to yourself to listen to it all.