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Taylor Swift and Nina Simone covers, zombie surfing and more in this week's look at music

Elliot Moss: Best Light Though just 21 years old, Elliot Moss made a strong debut with his self-produced album Highspeeds—even Zane Lowe is a fan, playing Moss’ dark, minimalist pop songs on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. Moss’ new music video for Best Light stays simple like the song (which interestingly speeds up to double-time halfway through) with him performing under slow strobing lights and …

Alessia Cara: Bad Blood (Taylor Swift Cover)

Alessia Cara’s anti-social anthem “Here” has been on heavy rotation at HQ for a while, and now she’s delighted listeners with a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” In this pared-down version (featuring just an accompanying pianist, Cara on guitar and some finger-snapping) the 18-year-old Canadian offers more breathy, emotional vocals—playing both Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.

Alice Smith: I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone cover)

Originally written by Jay Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You” made waves when the legendary Nina Simone released her bluesy, arresting version in 1965. Now, for Nina Revisited… A Tribute To Nina Simone—featuring covers by Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Common and more—the talented Alice Smith has offered her take on the classic. It’s an eerie, haunting interpretation befitting of the song’s title: with …