Micropixie: The Universal (Blur Cover)

One of seminal English act Blur’s most beloved tunes, “The Universal” gets a fresh take from Micropixie, aka Neshma Friend. The cover carries the pressing intention of the original, but layers vocals and instrumentation in a refreshing, albeit loyal way. Friend has an album, Dark Sight of the Moon, coming out 8 March.


Panda Bear's Sirius XMU Mix, a heartbreaking ballad from Jhené Aiko, '70s vibes by Tame Impala and more in this week's music picks

Lykke Li: Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake Cover) Leave it to Swedish indie-pop dreamboat Lykke Li to turn Drake’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home” into a heartbreaking song that oozes sex and sadness. This unpolished, live version lets the singer’s raw vocals do most of the work over delicate electric guitar—and builds in a dramatic but subtle way. Panda Bear: Sirius XMU Mix …

Blur: Lonesome Street

Brit pop mainstays Blur refuse to slow down. With seven records under their belt over their 27-year history, the band that personifies ’90s London is set to release their eighth record The Magic Whip on 27 April 2015. The lead single “Lonesome Street” sees Damon Albarn and his bandmates in top form. There are novel elements of funk, but this is largely the Blur of …