It’s Monday and the week already needs to end. So allow us to make it bit more bearable with The Rhapsody Covers Monday, a weekly feature that explores fantastic covers of already fantastic songs.
First up: Jennifer Lee aka TOKiMONSTA is without a doubt the first lady of Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus‘s extraordinary music label. One of the first artists to sign up with the label, Lee’s a classically trained pianist turned beat conductor and video game composer (be still my heart). She’s a phenomenal musician with a deeply varied discography whose collection I highly recommend exploring. This track shows exactly why.
Covering a classic such as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell’s If This World Were Mine would prove a daunting task to many musicians (because you couldn’t possibly improve on it), but TOKi does so with her dreamy, hazy and glitchy repacking that straddles both electronica and hip hop. She manages to achieve (effortlessly, I must add) the two golden goals for cover success:
1) Flipping the original and thrusting it into a completely new genre while remaining true to the core of the track; and
2) Exploring new themes and emotions of an already established track.
Absolutely brilliant rendition that will certainly help you delay replying to your boss’ email that you should’ve responded to 2 hrs ago.
The cover image is a still fromthe hypnotic TokiMonsta’s “Realla” featuring Anderson Paak.