You’re on your fourth album with a major label – they insist you do a covers album. Please select the ten tracks you’d ideally like to cover, along with a brief explanation as to why that artist or track means something to you.
You’re allowed ONE guest artist on the album to contribute to one track
Very difﬁcult question!
1. I’ve only ever done one cover and it was M.I.A’s “Galang“. I’m a huge fan! It was an homage (to the UK’s ﬁrst South Asian pop star) as they all would be
2. “You Know I’m No Good” – Amy Winehouse – Amy was a one-off, a free-spirited, passionate individual and the last of the British rock stars known for excess before the era of clean-eating and beige-wave took hold. We still miss her energy in these endz.
3. “To Bring You My Love” – PJ Harvey – my enduring and ultimate inﬂuence – it’s often my go to warm-up song. I must have heard it a thousand times and it never loses its impact.
4. “Shadowboxer” – Fiona Apple – I’m a sucker for a low end feminine vocal and Fiona nails both power and vulnerability in this track with ease.
5. “I Put A Spell On You” – Ideally somewhere in between the Natacha Atlas and Nina Simone versions, Nina’s pace and gothic delivery and Natacha’s Middle Eastern drums.
6. “Did It On ‘Em” – Nicki Minaj – Fellow Trini sister and this track surprisingly lends itself to heavy electric guitars.
7. “Human Nature” – Madonna. I had to get the queen of pop in there and this song is the kind of fuck you to gender stereotypes and “appropriate female behaviour” that I’d like to see come to its well overdue and bitter end. I’m not sorry.
8. “No Wow” – The Kills – The musical chemistry Alison and Jamie share is something special and if they were ever open to a third, I’d love to get in on the energy with a vocal menage-a-trois if you will. Ooohh Err…
9. “List of Demands” – Saul Williams – the updated 2017 version. I just adore Saul! That voice, those words, that vision. A true, timeless artist.
10. “Guns Of Brixton” – The Clash. Pioneers of punk fusion, capturing the sound and political climate of London at the time. Their enduring legacy is a huge inﬂuence – more Rebel music please!