This week's YouTube selection salutes the oft-maligned ability of many studio artists currently gigging—performing live. This innovative cover of the French electronica duo, Daft Punk, is raw, organic, and just plain impressive. Singing, beatboxing, harmonica playing, and live looping all coalesce into a dynamic arrangement of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."
Benjamin Darvill is a name not unfamiliar to fans of music from the 80s and 90s, but the direction he has chosen as a solo artist may be surprising to those familiar with his time with the Crash Test Dummies. Combining elements described as, "cotton-pickin’ blues, vocalising beat-box, hard-breathing folk, steamy funk and even modern R&B," by Daniel Brown of Mondomix, this cover tune has caught my full attention. Son of Dave has my respect not only for his fun take on an electro anthem, but even more so due to his adept technique with bringing all the elements together live.
Enjoy his video below:
—A.Hunt, SPCS Records