LISTEN: Cloud Control ‘Praise You’ (Fatboy Slim Cover)
We absolutely love it when bands and artists reinterpret other’s musician’s material, especially when it’s been done with justice.
Having given us their version of Kid Cudi‘s ‘Pursuit Of Happiness’ and their adaptation of Butthole Surfers‘ ‘Pepper’ during their live performance of ‘Gold Canary’, London-based quartet CLOUD CONTROL have just dropped their rendition of FATBOY SLIM‘s ‘Praise You’.
There’s something so alarmingly brilliant about the clip to Fatboy Slim‘s ‘Praise You’. The combination of handheld camera, slightly out-of-time daggy dancers, 90s attire and public audience reaction just sits so well for the eyes of the beholder. Besides the bear hug midway, the thing that completes this visual is, of course, the track itself. Comprised of a hearty piano line, modest yet thick synth work and collected vocals, it contains a bunch of elements that have since been picked at, supplemented and elaborated in Cloud Control‘s warm reimagination.
The thing that champions a great cover is when the artists representing the new sound have allowed their known musical identity to dictate the rendition’s progression – a tool that Cloud Control have distinctively utilised. Pertaining a limping note to open the new chapter of ‘Praise You’, we’re soon welcomed by the band’s signature harmonisation of vocals, doused in gentle reverberation and momentarily led by frontman Alister Wright’s articulate lyric.
Following the quirk of a bouncing sample, we bypass a series of sounds shadowing a space that is as empty as it is full. Due to this minimalistic nature in comparison to the original composition, an angelic light softly traces the hand percussion, electric guitar, synth work and sturdy beat present. Although singularly these elements are perceived to be rather vulnerable, they meld together confidently; cooperating in a luscious combat.
Eventually the effervescence of this enthused synth disintegrates into a sizzling boil, allowing it’s hot liquid texture to tide over your entire body as it seeps into your pores and allows your skin to breathe in a way it so rarely practices. With this thick ooze concealing you, sit within its haze and simply accept the joy that you’ve mustered from being a part of this wondrous and progressive down-tempo cover.
Cloud Control‘s elegant rendition of Fatboy Slim‘s ‘Praise You’ is to feature on Infectious Music’s special compilation titled ‘5‘ that will be released to help celebrate the label’s birthday; as it has been impressively growing for just as many years. With Record Store Day taking place this Saturday, 19th April, the compilation will act as an exclusive release available only in a limited 500 run of vinyl. Expect Local Natives covering King Krule‘s ‘Out Getting Ribs’, contributions from Aussie signees Vance Joy and The Temper Trap, and a short story broken into three parts led by Alt-J keyboardist, Gus Unger-Hamilton.
INFECTIOUS’ 5 TRACKLIST
1. Gus Unger-Hamilton – Pt I
2. Drenge – The Worst
3. Superfood – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)
4. Local Natives – Out Getting Ribs
5. The Acid – Onyx
6. Vance Joy – Snaggletooth
7. Gus Unger-Hamilton – Pt II
8. The Temper Trap – 5 Years
9. Cloud Control – Praise You
10. RY X – Vampires
11. These New Puritans – Field of Reed Outro
12. Gus Unger-Hamilton – Pt III
Catch Cloud Control while you can as they perform the last of their Australian acoustic shows in Queensland this weekend for Corona Extra Presents.
Words by Hannah Galvin.