Recycle It!: Florence + The Machine Have Got The Love

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Genre crossing remakes are some of my favorites because you never know what is going to come out of the speakers. A rock band taking on a 80's R&B slow jam, or a dance-pop singer emulating a jazz standard, are just some of the ways genres can cross paths. It's the unexpected form in music, and who doesn't like a musical surprise every once in awhile?

Two examples of genre crossings that do no wrong in my book...Exhibit A: Leela James taking No Doubt's "Don't Speak" and transforming into a scorching soul ballad was genius. Exhibit B: Mary Wells long lost nod to The Beatles' classic "Can't Buy Me Love", as she morphed it into a big band swing number. Now into my new favorite musical criss-cross that isn't "wiggity wack" (see what I did there?)...

British outfit, Florence + The Machine are a group that I've been skirting around giving a listen to since they released their debut this year, the aptly titled, Lungs. I was told by a few blog compadres and friends that since I love Kate Bush, and had a little bit of Bat For Lashes and Feist in my collection, this would be right up my alley. As I'm still wiggling my way through their debut set (which is quite unique and wickedly good on first listen), the group's cover of The Source and Candi Staton's "You've Got The Love" grabbed my attention right on off because you know I love a good cover song.

On this version, "You've Got The Love" is much more atmospheric and rolls along on grainy guitars and skittish percussion. The main force behind The Machine, lead vocalist Florence Welch, adds a special touch to this rehash, as she croons in a gravely tone, literally wrapping the song with it. One thing that is interesting, is that the original Candi Staton take of "You've Got The Love" has about two different versions floating around, the one featured below is the actual 1986 mix, which is comprised of pristine 80's synth funk. Ooo la la. So compare and contrast with the two clips below for a real love experience.

Candi Staton - You Got The Love (1986)

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